T H E   N I H   C A T A L Y S T     N O V E M B E R   –   D E C E M B E R  2003


This year’s NIH Relay demonstrated that NIH scientists are just as competitive outside the lab as they are in it. More than 70 teams competed in a five-leg, 2.5-mile relay race around Building 1. The prize: a place for the team on the coveted Allen Lewis NIH Memorial Trophy.

Inscribed this year on the trophy, which is located in the fitness center in Building 31, will be "Parasites on the Run," the team that also bested competitors (and host defenses?) to win last year. In 14 minutes, 20 seconds—believed to be a course record—"Parasites" prevailed over "Rapid Relaxation" by a mere 9 seconds. "A Man and the P-Funk Allstars" came in third, 26 seconds later.

Among other creatively named teams, the "Fighting Geneticists" boot camp training paid off, with a respectable 16:29 time. The "Differentiating Keratinocytes" showed some muscle with their skin, coming in 23rd, followed by the "Pox Jox."

"The OD/OA Creeping Bureaucracy," slowed by red tape and carbon paper, finished in the more leisurely time of 19:15.

Peter Kozel

Parasites on the Run" and "Wurtz Possible Runners" competitively review their positions


""Howard Huge (Hughes) Heads" take a hot-aired approach to warm-up


In a run for most politically incorrect, "3 Slow Guys and 2 Fast Chicks" runner leads "3 Damn Yanks and 2 Darn Canucks" racer


Clinical Research Training Programs


The NIH-Duke Training Program in Clinical Research, implemented in 1998, is designed primarily for physicians and dentists who desire formal training in the quantitative and methodological principles of clinical research. The program is offered via videoconference at the Clinical Center and includes formal courses in research design, research management, and statistical analysis.

Academic credit earned in this program may be applied toward a Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Research degree from Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, N.C.

Applications for 2004–2005 are available in the NIH Clinical Center, Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education, Building 10, Room B1L403. The deadline for applying is March 1, 2004. Applicants who have been accepted into the program will be notified by July 1, 2004.

For additional information on course work and tuition costs, visit the website or send an e-mail.

University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh Training in Clinical Research Program, designed for Ph.D.s and allied health professionals (such as pharmacists and nurses), consists of an integrated core curriculum taught over three semesters starting with an intensive eight-week summer session. The program has been modified so that NIH trainees are required to spend only the first five days of the summer session in residence at the university. Physicians and dentists also may enroll in this program.

Participants have the option of receiving a Certificate in Clinical Research (15 credits) or a Master of Science in Clinical Research (30 credits) from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Enrollment is limited. Prospective participants should consult with their IC regarding the official training nomination procedure. The deadline for applying is March 1, 2004. Successful applicants will be notified by May 29, 2004. Applications for the 2004–2005 session are available in the Clinical Center, Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education, Building 10, Room B1L403.

For more information, including tuition costs, visit the website or send an e-mail.



Coming Soon: Next Class of PRATS

The NIGMS Pharmacology Research Associate (PRAT) program is now accepting applications for positions to begin in October 2004. This program supports two years of training in NIH or FDA laboratories for postdoctoral candidates in the pharmacological sciences and related research areas. These may include, but are not limited to, molecular pharmacology, signal-transduction mechanisms, drug metabolism, immunopharmacology, chemistry and drug design, structural biology, endocrinology, bioinformatics, and neuroscience. PRAT fellows receive competitive salaries as well as supply and travel funds to support research in their preceptors' laboratories. Candidates apply in conjunction with an identified preceptor, who may be any tenured or tenure-track scientist at NIH or FDA. Applications must be received by January 5, 2004. For more information or application materials, contact the PRAT program assistant at 301-594-3583 or by e-mail, or visit the PRAT website.



The Clinical Pharmacology Research Associate (ClinPRAT) Program is intended for physicians who want specialized clinical and laboratory training in the pharmacological sciences. For more information, contact Art Atkinson at 301-435-8791 or by e-mail, or visit the ClinPRAT website.


Demystifying Medicine: Take Three

Tuesday January 6 marks the beginning of the third year of one of the most popular postgraduate courses offered at NIH: "Demystifying Medicine." The course is designed to help bridge the gap between basic science and medicine and is open to all students, fellows, and staff, although it is primarily designed for Ph.D. scientists and students. It will meet every Tuesday from 4:00–5:30 p.m. in the ground-floor auditorium of Building 50.

Individuals seeking academic credit may register with FAES. Those not seeking academic credit should register through the course e-mail list. To subscribe, for more information on registration, and to see the class schedule, go to the course website.




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