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CC's back door on front burner
MFP lectures begin
First CC Roundtable to air
Flu shot schedule
CC Nursing Dept. hosts colleagues
From the director
Drawing depicts a side elevation of the proposed south entry to the Clinical Center. The view is looking west, from outside the B1-level cafeteria. Construction is slated to begin in mid-September.
Clinical Center's back door on front burner
Mid-month, construction of a new south entry to the Clinical
Center (CC) is slated to begin directly behind Masur Auditorium. The new
structure will serve as the CC's main entrance for the next four to five
years while the Clinical Research Center (CRC) is being built on the north
side of the building.
During the 6 months of construction, however, the CC's back
door must be closed and foot traffic redirected. At a Town Meeting Aug.
20 in Masur Auditorium, project architect Margie DeBolt and project officer
Don Sebastian reviewed what we can expect in the coming months:
The existing south entrance will be locked sometime this
Back-door foot traffic will be redirected through the
cafeteria doors or the door at the west end of the North Corridor on the
first floor, just before you get to Transfusion Medicine (see
The door by the NMR facility at the B1 level will be
by later this fall due to various construction projects affecting that
A new road will be built through part of parking lot 10H;
expect about 100 fewer parking spaces there during this phase, although
the net loss is predicted to be only 20 spaces at project's end.
The NIH Library and Masur Auditorium will remain open as
Locations of emergency exits in the area are likely to change
during construction. Any relocations will be clearly marked, so be sure
to check for signs during your visits to the library and auditorium. Also,
about 50 seats will be removed from the auditorium to meet fire codes as
a result of fire-exit changes.
Planners stated that construction will take place during
normal working hours, but that every effort will be made to minimize
during scheduled events.
When the dust settles, there will be a sloping driveway leading
up to a spacious, three-lane, covered drop-off area. The drive will continue
down the hill, carry on through parking lot 10H, and loop back onto Service
Road West. Inside, the new lobby will have a reception area, security desk,
and hallways along either side of Masur Auditorium leading into the main
part of the building. Stairs from the new lobby to the B1-level cafeteria
are also planned.
Concurrent with this project will be the rerouting of Center
Drive at the north side (front) of the building. The new road will be
before the existing one is closed. These two projects pave the way for
the CRC groundbreaking and herald the start of the many improvements to
our building known collectively as the Clinical Center Renewal Project.
Questions and concerns regarding the south entry can be
to Don Sebastian, project officer, at 496-8102, ext. 15.
Medicine for the Public
lectures begin Sept. 23
Medicine for the Public lecture series, sponsored by the Clinical Center, kicks off
its 21st season on Sept. 23. The lectures, which are free and open to the
public, are held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays in Masur Auditorium.
The series features physician-scientists working at the forefront of
medical research at the National Institutes of Health. Lectures aim to help
laypeople understand the latest developments in medicine-new therapies,
diagnostic procedures, and research.
As part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the National Heart Lung
and Blood Institute (NHLBI), three of this season's MFP lectures will focus
on NHLBI-related research advances.
Here's what's on tap:
Sept. 23, Multiple Sclerosis: A New Understanding
Dr. Henry F. McFarland, chief of the Neuroimmunology Branch of the
Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, will go over factors
multiple sclerosis and the signs and symptoms of the disease. He'll lay
out the diagnostic tests available, who is most vulnerable, treatments,
and recent research findings.
Oct. 7, Vision and Aging
Today, there are more than 32 million Americans age 65 or older, and
this number is growing. With aging, however, comes an increased risk of
eye problems that can seriously affect the lifestyle and independence of
the older individual. Dr. Robert Nussenblatt, scientific director of the
National Eye Institute, will outline the four major eye disorders that
can affect vision later in life. These are glaucoma, cataracts, age-related
macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy.
Oct. 14, Genetics of Lung Disease: Insights into Asthma, Emphysema,
and Cystic Fibrosis
About 12 million Americans have asthma. Nearly 2 million suffer from
emphysema. About 1,000 new cases of cystic fibrosis-the most common fatal
genetic disease in the United States-are diagnosed each year. By identifying
the genes associated with these serious lung diseases, researchers can
pinpoint susceptibility and, ultimately, develop new treatments and cures.
Dr. Joel Moss, chief of the Pulmonary-Critical Care Medicine Branch, NHLBI,
will talk about recent advances in these areas.
Oct. 21, Hormones and Heart Disease After Menopause
Heart disease is a leading killer of women over 60, yet until recently,
it was considered a man's disease. Dr. Richard Cannon, deputy chief for
clinical services in the Cardiology Branch of NHLBI, will address the roles
hormones play in heart disease and what lifestyle factors are involved
in maintaining a healthy heart. He will also discuss the dark side of hormone
replacement therapy as well as current research efforts.
Oct. 28, New Perspectives for Bone Marrow Transplants
Dr. John Barrett, chief of the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit of NHLBI,
will explain what bone marrow transplants are, how they cure diseases,
and what lies on the horizon for this life-saving treatment.
There is no lecture on Sept. 30. For additional information on specific
topics or speakers, call
Eckelman's contributions recognized
Dr. William C.
Eckelman, chief of the Clinical Center's
Positron Emission Tomography Department, received the Georg Charles de Hevesy
Nuclear Medicine Pioneer Award at the recent annual meeting of the Society
of Nuclear Medicine, held in San Antonio, Texas.
The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of nuclear
medicine, and is named after the man considered to be the "Father of
For a nuclear medicine procedure, a patient is injected with a
that has been "labeled" with a radioactive isotope that decays
quickly in the body. The radiopharmaceutical travels through the bloodstream
to the organ of interest. The pattern of radioactivity is detected by scanners,
providing a wealth of information about the biochemistry and physiology
of the target organ.
A commonly used tracer is technetium-99m (99mTc). One of Dr. Eckelman's
many contributions was to help invent an "instant kit" to manufacture
99mTc safely and quickly. This process soon became standard and rapidly
increased the clinical use of nuclear medicine, according to the nomination
letter submitted by Dr. Ronald D. Neumann, chief of the Nuclear Medicine
Dr. Eckelman's group is currently developing 18F- and 11C-labeled receptor
ligands and working on new techniques for labeling proteins.
If it's fall,
it's flu-shot time
"But summer isn't even over yet!" True, but still it's not
too early to mark your calendars for your annual flu shot. The Occupational
Medical Service (OMS), located in building 10, room 6C306, provides the
shots free of charge to NIH employees. Clinical Center employees are encouraged
to get an annual flu shot to help keep themselves and our patients from
getting influenza. This year's schedule for all employees appears at right.
For the convenience of patient-care staff, OMS will visit CC nursing
units to administer the shots. The preliminary schedule for those visits
is at left.
Watch for schedule updates in the next issue of CCNews.
Unit Visit Schedule
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|More slots may be added. Check the October
issue of CCNews for updates.|
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|Evening clinics will be held Oct. 16-Nov. 20, Mondays and
Clinical Center Roundtable to air
New Strategies for the Diagnosis and
Management of Kidney Cancer: Recent
Advances in Molecular Genetics
Recent advances in our understanding of the genes that cause kidney cancer
have led to exciting new strategies for diagnosis and management of patients
with this disease and have made it a model for our understanding of other
forms of cancer.
On Sept. 23, a distinguished panel of NIH experts will discuss these
advances in depth in the first Clinical Center Roundtable, which will be
broadcast live over the GE TiP-TV Healthcare Network and CenterNet-the Academic
Health Center Network. Interested parties can view the broadcast in Masur
Auditorium from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Dr. John I. Gallin, CC director, will moderate, and the panelists are
Dr. W. Marston Linehan, Chief, Urologic Oncology Branch, Division of Clinical
Sciences, NCI; Dr. Berton Zbar, Chief, Laboratory of Immuno-biology, Division
of Basic Sciences, NCI; and Dr. Peter Choyke, Chief, Uroradiology Section,
Diagnostic Radiology Department, CC.
CC Nursing Department co-hosts colleagues
This summer, the Clinical Center Nursing Department and the National
Institute of Nursing Research co-sponsored the second annual "Research
Training: Developing Nurse Scientists" program. The 3-day course brought
50 nurse scientists to the Natcher Conference Center, where they got practical
information to help them advance their careers. Topics included research
priorities of various NIH institutes, focusing and packaging a good funding
idea, pitfalls in statistical analysis, and research ethics and scientific
integrity. The program was recognized by the NIH Director's Award for
collaboration across NIH institutes and centers and across the intramural
and extramural communities. On the right is Leslie Cooper, Ph.D., R.N.,
nurse epidemiologist for the National Institute of Drug Abuse, who coordinated
a breakout session on culturally appropriate interventions. At left is attendee
Rosemarie D. Satyshur, D.N.Sc., R.N., from the Prince George's Hospital
Nelson "Chip" Chipchin, a
volunteer at the Clinical Center
since 1977, died earlier this summer.
Chipchin, who was born in Russia, was a Russian language interpreter
for patients. He also escorted patients to various clinics.
Chipchin began his volunteer experience shortly after his retirement
from the State Department. He graduated from New York University, served
during World War II, and became an intelligence officer for the Army. He
spent several years with the Voice of America and in 1952 transferred to
the Russian Desk in Munich. He was a foreign service officer for the United
States Information Agency. He was assigned to Munich and Nuremberg in 1973
and retired in 1976 from his position as an escort officer for visitors
from his native country.
Chipchin received many awards while a volunteer at the Clinical Center,
and had given over 10,000 hours of service by the time he retired from
earlier this year. (by Andrea Rander)
Charlie Carter (far left) and Dr. Joseph Gallelli (far right) showed
the Clinical Center's new cell processing laboratory to a group of Presidential
Classroom Scholars, who visited this summer. Presidential Classroom is a
civic education program that brings high schoolers to Washington to see
the federal government in action. Students are in the top 25 percent of
their class academically, and our visitors had a special interest in science
and technology. They spent an afternoon learning about the challenges of
biomedical research after hearing talks by NIH historian Dr. Victoria Harden,
Dr. Christine Grady, acting director of the CC's Department of Clinical
Bioethics, and James Alexander, acting director of the Office of Education.
The visit was hosted by the Visitor Information Center. index
From the director
by Dr. John I. Gallin, CC director
Good governance of the Clinical Center
depends on three things-external
oversight, impartial operational management, and the strong involvement
of the institutes that carry out their intramural clinical research programs
Our existing management team and the CC Board of Governors serve as the
first two pillars in this tri-fold foundation of management. A new Clinical
Center Advisory Council, established this summer by NIH director Dr. Harold
Varmus, is designed to provide the third.
Through the council, institute directors will have a mechanism for input
into CC management and operations decisions that affect intramural clinical
research programs. The council offers me as CC director an avenue for exploring
options and ideas with NIH leaders who depend on the Clinical Center as
an important, unique resource in those research programs.
Directors of the five institutes that carry out the largest programs
of clinical research at the Clinical Center are permanent council members.
They are the directors of NCI, NIAID, NHLBI, NIMH, and NINDS. The council
also includes three rotating members, with NIA, NIDDK, and NIDR in the initial
Dr. Steven Hyman, NIMH director, and Dr. Edison Liu, director of the
NCI division of clinical sciences, have been named council co-chairs. As
CC director, I am the group's coordinator. Dr. Michael Gottesman, NIH deputy
director for intramural research, is the council's liaison to Dr. Varmus,
and Dr. Ruth Kirschstein, NIH deputy director, serves as an advisor.
Reviewing plans and designs for the new Clinical Research Center tops
the council's agenda. Through this group, the institutes will be engaged
in the design of the Clinical Research Center and in developing a governance
structure for the individual patient-care units in the new facility.
The Clinical Center has entered a period of unparalleled growth. The
plans and programs we are responsible for today will have far-reaching
on our ability to effectively support clinical research for decades to come.
The council will provide a welcome and valuable resource.
Mark your calenders for Oct. 28, 29, and 30. That's when the Clinical
Center will be visited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare
Organizations, or JCAHO. They were last here in 1994, awarding the Clinical
Center high marks and a three-year accreditation.
Washingtonian features CC
The Clinical Center is featured in an article in the September issue
of Washingtonian magazine, on newsstands now. Author Larry Van Dyne
spent several months interviewing patients and staff and has written a
overview of the CC, its mission, and how it is central to the NIH picture.
He also spotlights stories of several patients who have found real hope
and help here, including a patient of CC director Dr. John I. Gallin.
Early-out deadline extended
Clinical Center employees considering early retirement now have until
Dec. 1, 1997, to submit their requests to Thomas Reed, Director, OHRM/CC.
Employees must be off the CC rolls by Dec. 31. Eligibility and ground rules
for early outs are unchanged. For more information, call 496-6219.
Getting Up to Speak will cover basic skills, tips on using visual aids,
and advice on managing "stage fright." The class is on Sept. 18,
8:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m., at 6100 Executive Blvd., first floor, conference
room 1. Call the education and training section at 496-1618 for details
on this class and others coming this fall.
Martial arts class
For a free class introducing the Chinese martial arts, come to the NIH
Fitness Center (building 31, B4 level) at 1 p.m. on Sept. 8 or 10. Wear
comfortable clothing. Sponsored by the R&W Chinese Martial Arts Club.
For more information, call 703-759-9869.
The Nutrition Department has begun to offer some of its menus in Spanish.
Interested? Call Alberta Bourn at 496-4981.
Get creative and think up some great slogans for next year's official
NIH National Fire Prevention Week poster. Send your entries by Sept. 30
to the fire prevention section, building 15G, room 2, or fax them to 402-2059.
The winner will be selected during next month's festivities. For complete
contest rules, call 496-0487.
Abstracts for NMR anniversary celebration
The In Vivo NMR Research Center will celebrate its 10th anniversary on
Oct. 7, in conjunction with the NIH Research Festival. The program at the
Mary W. Lasker Center (the Cloister) will feature lectures on in vivo NMR
spectroscopy and functional neuroimaging by Drs. Jeffry R. Alger (UCLA),
Chrit T. W. Moonen (University of Bordeaux), and Robert Turner (University
of London), all of whom worked previously as investigators in the NMR
Activities will begin at 12:30 p.m. with short talks commemorating the
founding and development of the Center, followed by the three lectures.
A poster session (including refreshments) is scheduled from 3:30 to 5:30
p.m. Posters related to in vivo NMR are solicited. Abstracts (about 250
words) should be sent by Sept. 12 to
Dr. Joseph A. Frank by e-mail (email@example.com) or as hard copy
(building 10, room B1N256).
Since its inception in 1987 with financial support from all ICDs with
intramural programs on the NIH campus, the Center has provided state-of-the-art
facilities for carrying out in vivo NMR research with both humans and animals.
The Center's building has been expanded to accommodate independent ICD NMR
research programs, and significant further expansions are planned.
For more information, contact Daryl J. DesPres at 496-8141, or by e-mail,
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