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Vol. LXV, No. 11
May 24, 2013
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Briefs

6th Annual NIH Take a Hike Day, June 6

All employees and contractors are invited to participate in the 6th annual Take a Hike Day. It will be held Thursday, June 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Walk around the perimeter of the NIH campus (approximately 2.8 miles) rain or shine. Support your institute/center when you register at www.ors.od.nih.gov/pes/dats/wellnes/hike/Pages/hike.aspx.

Individuals with disabilities who need sign language interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Joy Gaines at gainesj@mail.nih.gov or (301) 402-8180. Requests should be made at least 5 days before the event.

Panel To Discuss LGBT Bullying, June 13

In observance of Pride Month, the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management, in collaboration with Salutaris: The NIH LGBT Employees’ Forum and LGBT Fellows and Friends will host a panel discussion on new and emerging research that addresses LGBT bullying. It will take place Thursday, June 13 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Natcher Bldg., balcony A. Panelists will address how bullying affects the physiological and psychological health of LGBT youth; how positive school environs contribute to the development of resiliency in LGBT youth; and how the intersection of race, poverty, ability and LGBT status exacerbates the susceptibility of double and triple minorities. All are welcome.

Next Protocol Navigation Lecture, June 3

The IRP Protocol Navigation Training Program Seminar Series continues with a lecture on Monday, June 3 from 1 to 2 p.m. in Bldg. 50, Conf. Rm. 1227/1328. The program is a trans-NIH effort to develop resources and tools and to provide training for intramural staff and contractors involved in protocol development, writing, coordination and management. Dinora Dominguez, chief of the patient recruitment and public liaison section at the Clinical Center, will present “Study Promotion and Patient Recruitment at the NIH: Resources Available through the NIH Clinical Center.” For more information, contact Beverly Barham, (301) 594-2494, bbarham@mail.nih.gov or Marcia Vital, (301) 451-9437, vitalm@mail.nih.gov.

Use Social Media to Report Adverse Effects?

Dr. Graciela Gonzalez
Dr. Graciela Gonzalez

The National Library of Medicine Informatics Lecture Series will feature Dr. Graciela Gonzalez on Wednesday, June 5 from 2 to 3 p.m. in Natcher Bldg., balcony A. Her topic is “Can Social Media Provide Reliable Signals of Adverse Drug Reactions?” Gonzalez is an assistant professor in the department of biomedical informatics at Arizona State University. She is exploring the value of social media postings as a source of signals of potential adverse drug reactions soon after drugs hit the market.

The talk will be broadcast live and archived at http://videocast.nih.gov/. Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Ebony Hughes, (301) 451-8038, Ebony.Hughes@nih.gov or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339). For more information about the lecture contact Dr. Jane Ye, (301) 594-4882, yej@mail.nih.gov.

NIAMS Participates in Hill Briefing on Psoriasis

NIAMS director Dr. Steven Katz (r) is joined by (from l) psoriasis patient and past chair of the NPF board of trustees Richard Seiden; NIH-supported cardiologist Dr. Erin Michos from Johns Hopkins University; and NPF President and CEO Randy Beranek.

NIAMS director Dr. Stephen Katz (r) recently took part in a panel discussion on psoriasis at a congressional briefing organized by the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) and the American Heart Association. The purpose was to shed light on co-morbidities often associated with psoriasis, including psoriatic arthritis and heart disease. Katz, an immunodermatologist, discussed NIH research advances related to psoriasis. In addition to Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-PA, not shown), who hosted the event, Katz was joined by (from l) psoriasis patient and past chair of the NPF board of trustees Richard Seiden; NIH-supported cardiologist Dr. Erin Michos from Johns Hopkins University; and NPF President and CEO Randy Beranek.

NIH Director’s Awards Ceremony Set, June 12 in Natcher Bldg.

All employees are invited to attend the 2013 NIH Director’s Awards Ceremony. The event honors employees for outstanding support of NIH’s mission. The ceremony will be held Wednesday, June 12 at 2 p.m. in Kirschstein Auditorium, Natcher Bldg.

Awards will be presented in six categories: Director’s Awards (scientific/medical, administrative and technical/clerical/support), Common Fund Leadership Awards, Ruth L. Kirschstein Mentoring Awards, Alan S. Rabson Award for Clinical Care, Commissioned Corps Awards and EEO Awards. A reception will be held after the ceremony in the Natcher dining room.

Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Moniqua Roberts at (301) 496-6211 or nihawards@od.nih.gov. To watch the live videocast, visit http://videocast.nih.gov/.


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