Announcements

The Annual Kinyoun Lecture

“A Public Health Approach To Infectious Disease Prevention and Control For the 21st Century”

Thursday, November 17, 2011
2:00–3:00 p.m.
Lipsett Amphitheater (Building 10)

Thomas R. Frieden, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will deliver the talk. For more about him, visit http://www.cdc.gov/about/leadership/director.htm. The event will be videocast live on the Web, http://videocast.nih.gov. For more information about the event contact Julie Marquardt (marquarj@mail.nih.gov or 301-443-8147).


The NIH Telework Festival

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Natcher Conference Center (Building 45)

Support scientific discovery from offsite locations. Learn how teleworking can be part of the solution to help NIH support employee work-life balance; improve NIH’s ability to retain high-quality staff; maintain NIH performance during emergencies without reducing productivity; decrease traffic congestion; and meet DHHS and NIH sustainability goals. Hear from senior scientific and business leaders on how they have integrated telework into their operations. Participate in interactive telework technology demonstrations by CIT, NIA, and NIMH. Show your creativity and enter the Telework Poster Contest. Salute the NIH winners of the HHS Green Champion awards. Visit exhibitors from OHR, ORS/ORF, and other telework-related organizations. For more information and to register visit http://meetings.nigms.nih.gov/meetings/TeleworkFestival or view via videocast at http://videocast.nih.gov. Onsite registration is available.


NINDS Grand Rounds

“The Role of Retroviruses in Neurological Diseases and Human Evolution”

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Lipsett Amphitheater (Building 10)

NINDS Clinical Director Avindra Nath will be the presenter. For more information, contact Wanda Haddaway (haddawayw@ninds.nih.gov or 301-496-4393).


HHS Mentoring Program

Permanent federal employees interested in serving as mentors and mentees across the NIH community may be interested in a program that emphasizes building confidential, interactive relationships and focuses on developing leadership and management competencies at various levels. The HHS Mentoring Program does not supplant the NIH scientific mentoring and customized leadership mentoring programs that are available to employees in some institutes and centers. Instead, it fills an existing need and enables NIH-wide relationships. For more information, including links to online registration and upcoming information sessions, visit the NIH-HHS Mentoring Program Web site at http://trainingcenter.nih.gov/hhs_mentoring.html.


NIH Director's Seminar Series

Wilson Hall (Building One)
12:00–1:00 p.m. (Fridays)

November 18: Craig Blackstone (NINDS), “Out of Shape: Endoplasmic Reticulum Morphology Defects in the Hereditary Spastic Paraplegias”
December 16: Katherine Roche (NINDS), “Molecular Mechanisms Regulating Excitatory Synapses”
January 20: Jesús Valenzuela (NIAID), “Basic and Translational Research on Saliva from Insect Vectors of Neglected Diseases: From Pharmacology to Biomarkers and Vaccines”
February 17: Matthew Hoffman (NIDCR), “Epithelial-Progenitor Cell-Neuronal Communication: Implications for Tissue Regeneration”
March 16: Adrian Ferré-D’Amaré (NHLBI), “Catalytic and Gene Regulatory RNAs: Structural Biology, Physiology and Evolution”
April 20: Ola Landgren (NCI-CCR), “Multiple Myeloma and Its Precursor Disease: The Future Is Already Here”
May 18: Serena Dudek (NIEHS), “New Insights Into Regulating Synaptic Plasticity from an Unexpected Place”


Genomics in Medicine Lecture Series

First Fridays, December 2, 2011–June 1, 2012
8:00–9:00 a.m.
Lower level auditorium
Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, Md.

This Grand Rounds lecture series, a collaboration of NHGRI with Suburban Hospital and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will highlight the intersection of genomics and medicine. Advance registration is not required; those requesting continuing medical education credit can sign in on site. The lectures will be recorded via GenomeTV, NHGRI’s YouTube channel. For information, contact Alice Bailey (NHGRI) at baileyali@mail.ni.gov or Susan Laine (Suburban Hospital) at slaine@suburbanhospital.org.

December 2, 2011: David Valle (The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine), “The Human Genome and Individualized Medicine”
January 6, 2012: Lawrence Brody (NHGRI), “An Introduction to Genomics: Breast Cancer Genes, Risk Assessment and Screening”
February 3: Stanley Lipkowitz (NCI), “An Introduction to Genomics: Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment”
March 2: Jonathan Zenilman (Johns Hopkins, Bayview Medical Center), “What’s Bugging You? The Intersection of Genomics and Infectious Disease”
April 13: Les Biesecker (NHGRI), “The Heart of the Matter: Genomics and Cardiovascular Disease”
May 4: Hal Dietz, M.D. (Johns Hopkins), “Rational Therapeutics For Genetic Conditions”
June 1: Barbara Biesecker (NHGRI), “Genomics In Maternal Child Health”


WALS 2011–2012

Most Wednesdays
3:00–4:00 p.m. (reception follows)
Masur Auditorium (Building 10)

November 16: Jonathan Weissman (University of California at San Francisco): “New Strategies for Decoding Genomes”
November 30: Diane E. Griffin (The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health), “Virus Clearance: It Isn’t Easy”
December 7: Gerald W. Hart (Johns Hopkins), “Bittersweet Roles of O-GlcNAcylation in Diabetes, Alzheimer Disease and Cancer”
December 14: Victor Corces (Emory), “Throwing Transcription for a Loop: The Role of Chromatin Insulators in the 3D Nucleus”
January 4: David Botstein (Princeton), “Evolution and Cancer”
January 11: Gary H. Gibbons (Morehouse School of Medicine), “Cardiovascular Health Disparities: Integrating Genomic and Social Determinants”
January 23 (Monday): Jacques Banchereau (Roche USA), “Will Dendritic Cell Subsets Help Us Address the Challenges of Cancer, Autoimmunity, and Chronic Viral Diseases?”
January 25: Anthony Atala (Wake Forest School of Medicine), “Regenerative Medicine: Current Concepts and Changing Trends”
February 1: Bonnie Berger (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), “Computational Biology in the 21st Century: Making Sense out of Massive Data”
February 8: Karen Guillemin (University of Oregon), “Molecular Dialogues with the Microbiota: Insights from the Zebrafish Intestine”
February 15: Lewis H. Kuller (University of Pittsburgh), “The Obesity Epidemic: Why Have We Failed?”
February 22: Wei Yang (NIDDK), “Genome Integrity and Cancer Prevention: Molecular Mechanisms of DNA Repair”

Lectures continue through June 20, 2012. For more information, visit http://wals.od.nih.gov. Lectures are available via live videocast at http://videocast.nih.gov and are archived one week after each lecture.


Demystifying Medicine 2012

Tuesdays, starting January 10, 2012
4:00–5:30 p.m.
Building 50 Conference Room (unless otherwise noted)

The 16-week “DeMystifying Medicine” course bridges the gap between advances in biology and their application to major human diseases. The course, sponsored by FAES/CC/OD, includes presentations about patients, pathology, diagnosis, and therapy in the context of major disease problems and current research. Although it’s primarily directed toward Ph.D. students, fellows, and staff, the course is also of interest to medical students and clinicians. For details visit http://demystifyingmedicine.od.nih.gov or contact Win Arias at ariasi@mail.nih.gov. Register through the course e-mail list (to subscribe to that list, visit https://list.nih.gov/cgi-bin/wa.exe?A0=demystifyingmed). If you would like a DVD of the 2011 sessions, e-mail your request and mailing address to Priyanka Basa at basap@faes.od.nih.gov.

January 10, 2012: Anthony Fauci (NIAID) and John Coffin (NCI), “Global Infections: The Great Challenge”
January 17: Mahendra Rao (ICRM) and Ronald Gress (NCI), “Stem Cells: The New Frontier in Biology and Medicine”
January 24: Codrin Lungu (NINDS) and Edward Giniger (NINDS), “Parkinson's Disease and the Fly”
January 31: Eric Green (NHGRI) and William Gahl (NHGRI), “Genomics and Undiagnosed Disease”
February 7 (Masur Auditorium, Building 10): Dennis Drayna (NINDS), Penny Friedman (CC), and Donna Krasnewich (NIGMS), “Stuttering: A Medical Disease?”
February 14: Matthias Machner (NICHD) and Tara Palmore (NIAID), “Legionella: More Than Only Veterans”
February 21: Nicholas Ryba (NIDCR) and colleague TBN, “Taste: Good and Bad”
February 28: No lecture
March 6: Toren Finkel (NHLBI) and Luigi Ferrucci (NIA), “Aging Gracefully”
March 13: Jean Pierre Gillet (NCI), Itzhak Avital (NCI), and Win Arias (NICHD), “Hepatocellular Cancer: A Global Disease”
March 20: Silvio Gutkind (NIDCR) and Carter Van Waes (NCI), “Head and Neck Cancer: New Paradigms and Treatment”
March 27: Warren Strober (NIAID) and Michael Yao (NIAID), “Inflammatory Bowel Disease: New Biologic and Therapeutic Players”
April 3: Nora Volkow (NIDA) and David Goldman (NIAAA), “Addictions: Are They All the Same?”
April 10: Roger Glass (FIC) and Mark Donowitz (Johns Hopkins), “Diarrheal Diseases: Deadly Events”
April 17: Thomas Insel (NIMH), “Autism: Progress Continues”
April 24: Bana Jabri (Univiersity of Chicago) and Irwin Rosenberg (Tufts), “Gluten Enteropathy: An Expanding Disease”
May 1: Finale: “Present and Future Status for Careers in Biomedical Research”


NIH Library Classes

Let the NIH Library help you improve your searching and reference-management skills. Classes are free, hands-on, open to NIH and HHS staff, and held in the Training Room on the first floor of the NIH Library. The NIH Library is located near the South Entrance of Building 10. Registration is required for all classes. For a list of classes and to register, visit http://nihlibrary.nih.gov/Pages/default.aspx.


NIH Alumni to be Featured in Upcoming Issues

The NIH Catalyst is planning to include stories about NIH intramural researcher alumni in the near future. Alums are researchers who trained and/or worked at NIH. If you have suggestions for stories, please e-mail Laura Carter at carterls@od.nih.gov.