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  2006


Demystifying Medicine for Ph.D.s, 2007

The Demystifying Medicine course will be held every Tuesday from January 9 to May 7, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Building 50 ground-floor auditorium. All presentations will be videocast and archived.

For academic credit, register with FAES; otherwise, registration is at the Listserv. The schedule can also be seen at the website.

Date Speakers Subject
9 John Coffin (NCI)
Lori Wiener (NCI)
Lauren Wood (NCI)
HIV: new clinical and basic problems arise from success
16 Anthony Fauci (NIAID
Jeffery Taubenberger (NIAID)
Emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases: challenge to global health
23 Roger Glass (FIC)
Albert Kapikian (NIAID)
Enteric infections: deadly challenges at all ages
30 Richard Johnson (Johns Hopkins) Ramanujan Hegde (NICHD) Prions: biology and diseases
6 John Schiller (NCI)
Herbert Kotz (NCI)
Christina Annunziata (NCI)
Human papilloma virus: cervical cancer and prevention by vaccination
13 John Gallin (CC) and colleague Chronic granulomatous disease: phagocytes misbehave
20 Gabor Illei (NIDCR)
Rachel Caspi (NEI)
Autoimmune disease: lupus erythematosis, scleroderma
27 John Hardy (NIA)
Katrina Gwinn-Hardy (NINDS)
Dementias: losing one’s mind in the genomic era
6 Toren Finkel (NHLBI)
Richard Cannon (NHLBI)
Coronary heart disease: a major killer

Owen Rennert (NICHD)
Alan DeCherney (NICHD)

Infertility and assisted reproduction: clinical and basic advances
20 Peter Jahrling (NIAID
John Robbins(NICHD)
Agents of potential bioterrorism: small pox, anthrax
27 Elias Zerhouni (OD)
Sriram Subramaniam (NCI)
Imaging: frontier for 3D and 4D study of organs and cells
3 Henry McFarland (NINDS) and colleagues Multiple sclerosis: an immune challenge
10 Michael Gottesman (NCI)
Win Arias (NICHD)
ATP binding cassette proteins: expanding scope of their diseases
17 Phillip Gorden (NIDDK)
David Harlan (NIDDK)
Diabetes: new clinical and basic dimensions (obesity, immunity, cancer)
24 Jack Liang (NIDDK) and colleagues Hepatitis C: comes of age globally and in culture
1 Joseph Apud (NIMH) and colleagues Schizophrenia (the “shattered mind” disease): clinical and basic aspects

Participants to be named

Finale: What does the future hold for Ph.D. postdoctoral fellows?
NIH/Duke Clinical Research Program

Applications are being accepted for the 2007–2008 NIH-Duke Training Program in Clinical Research,

Designed primarily for physicians and dentists who desire formal training in the quantitative and methodological principles of clinical research, the program calls for part-time study, allowing students to integrate their academic with their clinical training.

Courses are offered at the NIH Clinical Center via videoconference. Credit earned may be applied toward satisfying the degree requirement for a Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Research from Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C.

Applications are available in the Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education, Building 10, Room B11403. Additional information on coursework and tuition costs can be found atis available at the website.

or by mail; send questions to this address.

Interested individuals should check with their institute or center regarding funding for participation in this program.

The deadline for applying is March 1, 2007. Successful applicants will be notified by July 2, 2007.


Applications Due for PRAT 2007

The NIGMS Pharmacology Research Associate (PRAT) program is accepting applications for positions to begin October 2007.

This competitive research fellowship program supports training at NIH or FDA laboratories for postdoctoral candidates and focuses on the pharmacological sciences and related research areas.

PRAT fellowships are three-year appointments that include competitive salaries as well as supply and travel funds to support research in preceptors’ laboratories.

Applicants must identify a preceptor in their application. Preceptors may be any tenured or tenure-track scientist at NIH or FDA who has agreed to host the applicant. 

Postdoctoral fellows who have more than one year of research experience at NIH or FDA are not eligible. Applications must be received by December 15, 2006.  

For more information or application materials, contact the PRAT program assistant at 301-594-3583 or by e-mail.

Pulmonary Hypertension Two-Day Meeting

A meeting on "The Evolution of Pulmonary Hypertension: Emerging Diseases and Novel Therapeutics" will be held December 7–8, 2006, in the Natcher Conference Center.

Sponsored by NHLBI, the OD Office of Rare Diseases, and the CC Critical Care Medicine Department, the meeting will focus on the pathobiology, pathogenesis, and therapy of pulmonary hypertension.

For more information, visit this website.


Pain Interest Group Regroups

The NIH Pain Interest Group is now meeting monthly for seminars on emerging research related to pain and pain control. Topics includes the basic physiology of nociceptive sensory systems, the molecular neurobiology of pain and pain control systems, medicinal chemistry of pain control agents, the neuroanatomy of the systems, neuro-immune interactions related to tissue damage, human and animal imaging, translational studies and clinical studies. If you are interested in receiving the e-mail notices of meetings, please contact Michael Iadarola.at 301-4096-2758 or by e-mail.

Meetings will be held monthly on the second Tuesday, at 3:30 p.m., in Building 49 Room 1A51 (first -floor conference room). The next meeting, sponsored by the Pain Interest Group and the End of Life Interest Group is on December 12 and features Dorothy Cimino Brown, of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and School of Veterinary Medicine,

The NIH Catalyst is looking for a few good writers: Contribute your time writing stories for the Catalyst based on your interviews with NIH researchers and your notes covering NIH meetings and lectures. In exchange, you hone your science journalism skills and build a portfolio of published bylined articles. Call 301-402-7248 or e-mail.




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