T H E   N I H    C A T A L Y S T      S E P T E M B E R  – O C T O B E R   2001

The Clinical Center is now collaborating with the University of Pittsburgh in a clinical research training program that will lead to one of two possible degrees in clinical research from the University of Pittsburgh.

Similar to the NIH-Duke Masters Program in Clinical Research, initiated in 1998, this new venture is aimed at filling the void in the community of formally trained clinical investigators. It will be open to a wider audience than the CC-Duke program—PhDs and doctorally prepared pharmacists and nurses, as well as physicians and dentists.

The training consists of a core curriculum, offered in an intensive eight-week summer session at the University of Pittsburgh, followed by a nine-month methodology seminar, held via videoconferencing at the Clinical Center.

The core courses include clinical research methods, biostatistics, introduction to clinical trials, and measurement in clinical research.

Trainees can choose from four specialty concentration areas: effectiveness and outcomes, clinical therapeutics, health and behavior, and epidemiology. Either a Certificate in Clinical Research (15 credits) or a Master of Science in Clinical Research (30 credits) can be earned.

The next session begins July 2002. ICs can provide information on the official training nomination procedure. For more info, visit the website or e-mail the university.


The Department of Clinical Bioethics is again offering the seven-week course on Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of Human Subjects Research.

Beginning October 31, the course will meet Wednesday mornings, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Lipsett Auditorium.

To register and make arrangements for any special needs, contact Terri Jacobs by e-mail or at 301-496-3822. A limited number of course notebooks will be available in Building 10, Room 1C118, on the Bethesda campus the week before the first


The second NIH Hispanic Scientists Day will be held Monday, October 1, 2001, 10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m., in Building 10’s Lipsett Amphitheater.

A one-hour seminar will be followed by poster presentations by Hispanic scientists, postdoctoral fellows, and postbaccalaureate trainees. The event is sponsored by the NIH Hispanic Employee Organization.

For more information, contact Marta Leon-Monzon by e-mail or at 301-435-7693, 301-496-4564.


The 15th annual NIH Research Festival—a showcase for the NIH intramural research program—will be held October 2–5 in the Natcher Conference Center.

This year’s Research Festival Organizing Committee is co-chaired by Peter Lipsky, NIAMS, and J. Carl Barrett, NCI. For a schedule of events, see the website.

For more information, contact Paula Cohen by e-mail or at 6-1776.


The NIH Library offers classes, one-on-one tutorials, and web-based tutorials on how to use electronic resources: to access full-text journals, search databases, create instant bibliographies, order and receive articles via e-mail, set up a literature alert service, use the new NLM Gateway, conduct a Web of Science cited reference search, set up a Porpoise profile, and order documents through PubMed. For more information, go to the website or call 301-496-1080. This training is free and for NIH staff only.


For a concise and complete grasp of the plethora of professional and personal services available to NIH trainees and employees, stop by the second annual NIH Orientation Fair, Tuesday, September 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the exhibit area in front of the Visitor Information Center on the B-1 level of Building 10.

Sponsored by the Office of Education, the Office of Research Services, and the Work and Family Life Center, the fair will house more than 50 booths representing such entities as the NIH Library, the Office of Animal Care, the Credit Union, Parking and Police, Occupational Safety, and dozens more. Attendees can sign up for ListServes, pick up giveaways, and get their questions answered. The theme of the fair is "Ask me about the NIH."

Sign language interpretation is available upon request. Individuals who require this or other accommodations should call the NIH Office of Education at (301) 496-2427.


The NIH Work and Family Life Center and the Employee Assistance Program are holding the fourth annual "Faces and Phases of Life" personal and professional development seminar series.

For a full fall schedule, descriptions of the seminars, and information on how to register, please visit the website or call 301-435-1619.




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