DIVERSITY IN THE SCIENTIFIC
Hamid Khan and Dorothy McKelvin
a panel discussion February 11 in Lipsett Auditorium on the importance
of diversity in the biomedical community, Joseph Curtis (left),
a former postdoc in the lab of NCIs Ira Pastan, said that
African-Americans are "even less well represented outside academia"
than within it and therefore have a "chance to make a huge
impression." Now a Maryland-based independent consultant to
small companies seeking FDA approval for diagnostics, Curtis said
he is often the "first African-American [his clients in the
international biotechnology community] have ever seen." NICHDs
Hamid Khan (center, left) cited two myths that block acceptance
of some women and minority scientists: that they are too "laid
back" or nonproductive and that they "cant communicate"
because they have accents or speak softly. NHLBI senior investigator,
Garcia-Perez (right), who insisted she has "never spoken
softly," told the audience that "NIH is perceived as unfriendly"
to minority scientists. Making the community more diverse, she said,
would strengthen it. Garcia-Perez joined the Office of Intramural
Research, OD, this year as assistant directorC.H.
MRS IS CALLING . . .
Mitochondrion Research Society (MRS) has been formed to foster interdisciplinary
collaborations to advance understanding of mitochondrial biology
and the role of mitochondria in such areas as aging, cancer, toxicology,
and neurobiology. MRS was founded by Steve
Zullo, NIMH, coordinator of the Mitochondria
Interest Group (MIG) at NIH and Keshav
Singh of the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center (JHOC). Membership
is currently free. To join, send your name, address, phone number,
e-mail address, and research interests to: Cindy Morin, JHOC, 600
North Wolfe Street/Room No. 2-121, Baltimore, MD, 21287, U.S.A.;
fax: 410-955-8780. Info can also be found at <http://wwwlecb.ncifcrf.gov/~zullo/migDB/MRS.html>.
2000: MORE NIH FELLOWS
TO REAP AWARDS
IN MILLENNIAL COMPETITION
sixth annual NIH-wide Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE)
2000 competition will again provide recognition for the outstanding
scientific research performed by intramural postdoctoral fellows.
Winners of FARE awards will each receive a $1000 stipend to use
for presenting their work at a meeting in the United States. Fellows
who apply to FARE submit an abstract of their research; abstracts
are then peer reviewed in a blinded study section. The award must
be used between October 1, 1999, and September 30, 2000. The FARE
2000 competition is open to postdoctoral IRTAs, visiting fellows,
and other fellows with less than 5 years total postdoctoral experience
in the NIH intramural research program. Pre-IRTAs currently enrolled
in a Ph.D. program may also compete. Visiting scientists and fellows
must not have been tenured at their home institution.
about eligibility should be addressed to your institutes scientific
director. Fellows are asked to submit their application and abstract
with an online application available from <ftp://helix.nih.gov/felcom/index.html>.
Applications will be accepted from May
3June 1, 1999 (12:00 noon E.S.T.). Winners will
be announced by September 1999. Questions about FARE 2000 should
be directed to <FARE2000@box-f.nih.gov>
or to your institutes Fellows Committee representative. Information
is also available on the Fellows
Committee site. FARE 2000 is sponsored by the NIH Fellows Committee,
the scientific directors, the NIH Office of Research on Womens
Health, and the NIH Office of Education. The FARE 2000 award is
funded by the scientific directors and the NIH Office of Research
on Womens Health.
FARE 1999 was very successful; 666 abstracts were submitted, and
130, or 19.5 percent, were funded. The FARE 2000 competition will
provide an even higher level of funding25 percent of applicants
will receive a $1000 award. Through the month of June, sets of related
winning FARE 1999 posters are being displayed outside the Visitors
Information Center in Building 10 on Wednesday afternoons, in conjunction
with the Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series.
investigators have developed a new protein-purification methodcentrifugal
precipitation chromatographythat uses ammonium sulfate and
potassium phosphate buffer only (no solid support). They have used
the method to purify and concentrate monoclonal antibodiesimmunoglobin
M (IgM)against mast cells and think it may be equally successful
in purifying either IgM or IgG from a culture medium or an ascitic
are quite interested in testing the capability of the method in
purifying antibodies and other proteins, the NHLBI researchers are
putting themselves at the service of other intramural researchers
with problems purifying antibodies. Anyone with such a problem should
Ito, who can be found in Building 10, Room 7N322, and can also
be reached by phone at 496-1210 and by fax at 402-3404.
FOR SECOND YEAR
IN CLINICAL RESEARCH
(left to right): Marjorie Garvey, Raphael Schiffmann, Joshua
Kouri; standing (left to right): Gabor Illei, Joseph Hoxworth,
Richard Messman, Douglas Shaffer, Kara Sovik, Irini Sereti,
Susanne Goldstein. (Not pictured: Salman Azhar, Richard
Nahin, Jorge Tavel, George Wittenberg)
makes a good clinical researcher? What basic tools do researchers
need to translate what seems promising at the bench into a new
therapy at the bedside? Research design, statistical and decision
analysis, research ethics, project managementwhat role does
each play in the conduct of a solid clinical trial?
fellows and other health professionals at NIH have a unique venue
for exploring answers to those questions, thanks to a cooperative
training program between the NIH Clinical Center and the Duke
University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C. The training culminates
in a Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Research conferred
the past, techniques of clinical research were passed from a seasoned
mentor to a willing student. In todays research arena, thats
not enough," observes John
Gallin, Clinical Center director and a prime mover of the
Duke-NIH collaboration. The clinical researcher, he says, needs
a thorough grounding in the clinical research process.
initiated its Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Research program
more than a dozen years ago to provide that grounding and expertise.
The collaboration with NIH marks the universitys first efforts
at making the program more widely available. Students here at
NIH attend classes by way of videoconferencing.
are taught onsite by adjunct faculty, such as Ezekiel
Emanuel, chief of the CCs Department of Clinical Bioethics,
who teaches "Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of Human Subjects
Research." For the upcoming academic year, Emanuel will be
joined by Art
Atkinson, who will offer an elective in "Principles of
first class of 14 students was admitted last September. This spring,
four of the students will complete the required course work for
the program. Gallin anticipates an expanded class in the 19992000
academic year and welcomes applications from both intramural and
program requires 24 units of graded work plus a research and thesis
project, which carries 12 units of credit. "The programs
design," Gallin says, "encourages the meshing of clinical
and academic training. It can be completed in two 16-week sessions,
although degree-seekers typically spread the course work over
are currently being accepted for the 19992000 academic year
and are available in the NIH Office of Education, Building 10,
Room 1C129. All participants must be formally admitted to the
training program by the Duke University School of Medicine. The
deadline for receipt of applications is April
15, 1999. Applicants who have been accepted into the
program will be notified by July 1, 1999. Questions about the
program may be directed to William Wilkinson, program director,
information regarding course work and tuition costs for the 19992000
academic year, visit the programs web
signs are now posted all over campus: "Smoke-Free Area"
signs extend to certain outdoor areas what has been a standing prohibition
against using lighted tobacco products inside NIH buildings. These
outdoor areas include all building entrances and exits, air-intake
ducts, loading docks, covered parking garages, and designated courtyards.
The prohibition is in accordance with
an executive order issued in 1997 mandating that all federal agencies
protect employees and visitors from the health risks of environmental
tobacco smoke. An updated NIH Smoking Policy, crafted by an NIH
committee composed of smoking and nonsmoking employees and signed
by NIH Director Harold Varmus last May, can be found on the web.
The policy applies to all NIH employees,
other federal employees, and members of the public who are working
in or visiting facilities owned, leased, or controlled by NIH.
Further, NIH strongly encourages and
supports employees who want to break the smoking habit. Anyone interested
in smoking cessation programs may contact the NIH Employee Assistance
Program at (301) 496-3164.
PHARMACY NOW ON-LINE
Veterinary Resources Program Pharmacy, in Building 14A, offers
one-stop shopping for veterinary and human over-the-counter or
prescription products. Inventory and instructions for ordering
are on the web.
You can also hot-link to this site from the VRP
Home Page/Description of Services/Pharmacy
laboratory animals used by NIH intramural scientists will soon be
able to be purchased online.
the combined efforts of the Veterinary
Resources Program (VRP), CIT, and NIMHand numerous consultants
from NIH Intramural Animal ProgramsVRP is piloting the Central
Animal Procurement System, or CAPS.
replace the current cumbersome paper process and be accessible via
PCs or DELPRO terminals. Linked to the ADB and Central Accounting
System, it will automatically bill ICs and generate data to enable
prompt payment of vendors. The system has been designed with built-in
levels of authority for investigators, IC (animal-procurement) approving
officials, animal facility managers, IC animal facility receiving
technicians, animal-program directors, VRP animal-procurement staff,
the Office of Financial Management/Accounts Payable, and the NHLBI
Contracts Operations Branch Servicing Center.
As soon as
the kinks are worked out in the pilotwith NIMHthe remaining
NIH animal programs will be brought online. Its anticipated
that CAPS will be fully operational in late spring or early summer