Astute Clinician Lecture to be held Nov. 6
Dr. Henry Masur
"AIDS: A Window on Infectious Diseases," is the topic of the fifth
Astute Clinician Lecture on Nov. 6 at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium. It will be
presented by Dr. Henry Masur, chief of the Clinical Center Critical Care Medicine
Dr. Masur's early career focused on intracellular protozoa and how they evade
host immune response. When the first cases of pneumocystis pneumonia in patients
with no known immunosuppressive condition appeared at New York Hospital, where
he interned, he recognized that there was little precedent for their occurrence.
He evaluated these patients, and found more cases occurring at New York Hospital
and in surrounding hospitals. His report of this outbreak was one of three that
formed the first published report of AIDS.
After completing his early research in New York, Dr. Masur moved to NIH in 1982
to expand his investigations. Dr. Masur studied why HIV patients had a poor
survival rate. He found that organisms that were previously rarely recognizedtoxoplasma,
cytomagalovirus and mycobacterium aviumwere frequent causes of illness and death in HIV
patients. He worked on improving methods of diagnosing and treating these complications.
Dr. Masur and his NIH collaborators developed new diagnostic tests for PCP, new
therapeutic agents and new management strategies. They developed and patented
the most widely used laboratory test to recognize PCP, developed improved techniques
for obtaining patient samples for the testing and developed and patented a new
agent to treat PCP.
Dr. Masur and his colleagues established the Public Health Service Guidelines for
Prevention of HIV-related pneumocystis pneumonia in 1989, which were the first
HIV-related guidelines. These efforts were expanded into the United States
Public Health Service and Infectious Diseases Society of America Guidelines
for Prevention of HIV Related Opportunistic Infections, which are updated regularly.
Dr. Masur is co-chair of the Guidelines on Prevention of Intravascular
Catheter-Related Infections, jointly sponsored by the Society of Critical Care,
Centers for Disease Control, and the Infectious Disease Society of America. He
is also co-chair of the Guidelines for Evaluation of Fever in the Intensive Care Unit.
A native of Washington D.C., Dr. Masur graduated from Cornell Medical School,
trained in internal medicine at New York Hospital and Johns Hopkins Hospital and
trained in infectious disease at Cornell, where he was on the faculty from 19781982.
He came to the National Institutes of Health to become assistant chief of Critical
Care Medicine in 1982, and has held his current position as chief since 1989.
The Astute Clinician Lecture was established through a gift from Haruko and Robert
W. Miller, M.D. It honors a U.S. scientist who has observed an unusual clinical
occurrence, and by investigating it, has opened an important new avenue of research.
The lecture is an NIH Director's Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series event.
It is hosted by the Clinical Center. For information and accommodations for the
lecture, contact Hilda Madine, 301-594-5595.
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Foil The Flu Program
In the United States,
flu season peaks between late December and early March.
Vaccination is the best way to minimize serious adverse outcomes of influenza
infection. Influenza vaccine delivery is on schedule for this year.
As in previous years, Clinical Center
patients and staff who provide direct patient care will be
the first to receive immunization.
Vaccinations will be given in the
Occupational Medical Service offices, 10/6C306, and will be given based on the first
letter of the employee's last name.
The program is for NIH employees
only. An NIH photo identification card must be
presented. Contractors are not permitted to receive the flu vaccination through
this program. The detailed schedule can be accessed at http://www.nih.gov/od/ors/ds/flu.
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Dr. John L. Gallin
Gallin receives highest scientific award from international
Society of Leukocyte Biology
Clinical Center Director John I.
Gallin was awarded the Marie T. Bonazinga Award by the Society of Leukocyte Biology
for excellence in leukocyte biology.
The annual award is presented to a select member
of the society who has shown consistent excellence in research. This is the highest
scientific award given by this international society. Gallin received the award at
the society's annual meeting in Torino, Italy.
As director of the Clinical Center,
Dr. Gallin has led the revitalization of
clinical research at NIH. This included the implementation of changes in the clinical
research infrastructure with an emphasis on training and utilization of telemedicine
in clinical research.
Among Dr. Gallin's awards are the
USPHS Distinguished Service Award, the Young
Investigator Award of the American Federation for Clinical Research, and the Squibb
Award of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. In 1988, he received an honorary
Doctor of Science from Amherst College. In 1991, he received the USPHS award for
orphan-product development for his studies leading to the licensing of interferon-gamma to reduce infections in chronic granulomatous disease. In 2001, he was recognized as the Physician Executive of the Year Award by the USPHS. Dr. Gallin is a member of the Society for Leukocyte Biology, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, USA.
Dr. Gallin has authored more than 290 research articles and edited the text
books Inflammation [Lippincott Williams and Wilkins (1999)] and Principles and Practice of Clinical Research [Academic Press (2002)].
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Leadership training focuses on quality of education, not quantity
When the Clinical
Center's Education and Training Section introduced its 2002 Leadership
Certificate Series of courses for employees and managers, many of the participants
were expecting the same sort of training they had received in the past. But they were
in for a surprise.
"Previously, all federal supervisors
were required to have a designated number of
hours of supervisory training within a certain time period," said senior educational
specialist Karen Pascal, "but the emphasis was on hours, not the type of training.
Now it's on an assessment and analysis of the gap between current levels and
expected levels of performance." Consequently, she added, the Leadership Series
was designed to address the training needs or "skill gaps" identified by Clinical
Center executive leadership and more than 200 Clinical Center supervisors through
an online survey. By realigning the focus from simply improvement to improvement
in specific directions, management was able to chart the results in advance based
on the needs of those being trained.
The 2002 Leadership Certificate Series
was developed by a partnership between the
Education and Training Section and the University of Maryland. Comprised of three classes,
which concluded in September, it was designed for Clinical Center managers, supervisors,
team leaders, and employees in leadership positions.
"The series offered an open interactive environment for leadership skill development,"
said participant Carol A. Romano, deputy chief of the Department of Clinical Research
Informatics. "The faculty was excellent, and the focus on action learning and
pragmatic application to the real work environment made the sessions unique."
Claudia Briguglio, a nurse consultant, called the classes "outstanding," adding,
"I have never attended a class with a follow-up emphasis on a return on learning."
Another participant, called the classes "excellent, stimulating, fun, integrated, realistic,
and totally engaging."
According to Pascal, "return on
learning" is one of the defining elements behind
the series philosophy. Return on learning
refers to positive change through practical and effective application of what one has
learned in the classroom.
These were customized courses, each built
from a previous course or courses.
Each course could be beneficial when taken with the others or as a stand-alone.
"I have never attended a class with a follow-up emphasis
on a return on learning."
The courses were: Development Skills
for the Well-Rounded Leader; Working Effectively Within and Across Organizational Boundaries;
and Motivating Yourself and Others to Meet Individual, Team, and Organizational Goals.
"The overall theme," said Pascal, "was the influence and power that each
supervisor or manager can have within his or her team, department, other
departments or in the organization."
It also demonstrates human resources' commitment and the commitment of the Clinical Center,
in training as an investment in human capital, she said.
-by John Iler
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Farewell SunTrust, welcome NIHFCU
After more than 50 years of service to the Clinical Center, SunTrust bank is closing its
doors and moving out. The good news is that employees won't be left without a banking facility.
By January the NIH
Federal Credit Union will take over the space currently occupied by SunTrust, and offer
a full range of services not only to members, but also to patients.
"Because credit unions are member-owned, we provide services to members only," said NIH
Federal Credit Union President and CEO Lindsey Alexander. "However, because of the unique
nature of the needs in Building 10, we will provide services that are not offered at other
NIH credit union branches."
Such services will include check cashing for patients who are not members of the credit
union, ability to exchange foreign currency, and national and international wiring of funds.
Eventually, the credit union hopes to allow patients to open accounts and become members,
"We are excited about the opportunity to offer a branch in the Clinical Center," said
Alexander. "We will be picking up where SunTrust left off, by offering the same convenience,
sales, and superior customer service."
According to Stephanie Parker, branch assistant at the NIH SunTrust, the branch is
closing because of a lack of business. "Corporate headquarters decided to close it
because we were not generating enough business," she said.
SunTrust has been a part
of NIH for over half a century. It began as the Bank
of Bethesda in 1950, and was located in Building 1. It is estimated that the
bank moved to the Clinical Center in 1953 when the Clinical Center first opened.
Later, the Bank of Bethesda became Crestar Bank. A few years later, Crestar
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Clinical Center Director John Gallin (r) along with Dr. John Paul SanGiovanni (l)
present Dr. Holland with a plaque for being selected as the 2002
NIH Distinguished Clinical Teacher.
Holland awarded Distinguished Clinical Teacher Award
Dr. Stephen Holland, senior clinical
investigator and head of the Immunopathogenesis
Unit at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was awarded the
2002 NIH Distinguished Clinical Teacher Award. The award is the highest honor bestowed
on an NIH senior clinical investigator by NIH clinical fellows.
Some descriptions about Dr.
Holland provided by fellows endorsing his nomination
include: "A gifted teacher; He has inspired countless fellows; Listening to our
ideas and giving us advice about directions and paths to explore; An example of
the consummate clinician; Total dedication to patient care; An extraordinary
command of knowledge of medicine and biology; Never condescending; Stimulates
your own thinking process; A great mentor and guide."
Dr. Holland received his bachelor's
degree from St. John's College in Annapolis
and his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where
he also was an intern and resident in internal medicine and a fellow in the
Division of Infectious Diseases. He first came to NIAID in 1989 as a National
Research Council fellow and Guest Researcher. In 2000, Dr. Holland began his
current appointment as a tenured Senior Clinical Investigator and Head of the
Among Dr. Holland's awards is a
1999 Special Act or Service Award from the
U.S. Public Health Service. He has presented more than three dozen invited
talks internationally over the past five years and has written more than 40
invited publications and nearly 90 peer-reviewed papers. He is also active
as an editor and reviewer and in several professional societies.
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Atkinson awarded 2002 PhRMA Award in Excellence
Dr. Arthur J. Atkinson
Dr. Arthur J. Atkinson has been
awarded the 2002 Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Foundation
Award in Excellence. The award is given to scientists who received a Foundation grant at
the outset of their careers in a discipline important to the research-based pharmaceutical
industryand went on to distinguish themselves through their scientific and/or academic
Dr. Atkinson is the senior advisor in Clinical Pharmacology to the director of the
NIH Clinical Center. He has published more than 100 scientific articles, has been
lead editor and contributor to two books, and has served on the editorial boards of
a number of scientific journals.
He received his A.B. degree in Chemistry from Harvard College in 1959, his M.D. from
Cornell University Medical College in 1963, and his postdoctoral training in clinical
pharmacology at the University of Cincinnati. Following an internship and residency at
the Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Atkinson joined the Laboratory of Clinical
Investigation of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
In 1970, Dr. Atkinson moved to Northwestern University Medical School, where he
started a program in clinical pharmacology. To help initiate the program, the PhRMA
Foundation awarded him a Faculty Development Award. At Northwestern, Dr. Atkinson set
up the first U.S. laboratory devoted to general therapeutic drug monitoring and conducted
important basic and clinical research.
In 1994, Dr. Atkinson became Corporate Vice President for Clinical Development
and Medical Affairs at the Upjohn Company. He later joined the Center for Drug
Development Science at Georgetown University as an Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology.
In 1997, he returned to NIH as a special expert consultant in Clinical Pharmacology.
The following year, he was appointed senior advisor in Clinical Pharmacology to the
Director of the NIH Clinical Center.
Dr. Atkinson, a Master of the American College of Physicians, has been President of
both the American Board of Clinical Pharmacology and the American Society for
Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.
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Simplified live-saving devices become permanent fixture
Fredrick Manuel and Jerry Taylor demonstrate the easy-to-understand instructions of one of the new automatic external difibrillators stationed outside of the second floor cafeteria. Thirty-five of the plexiglass AED stations have been placed throughout the Clinical Center. NIH CPR training is required to use the device.
championed by many heart specialists for installation in public facilities, are
now a part of the Clinical Center.
Thirty-five plexiglass cabinets have been placed on walls in public areas
around the Clinical Center and hold automatic external defibrillators, known
as AEDs. Each cabinet, holds a small, four-pound LifePak 500 defibrillator
that automatically detects the heart rhythm of a sudden cardiac arrest victim
and determines whether the victim needs a shock to help restore normal heart
"The AED helps the Clinical
Center comply with the American Heart Association
guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation in hospitals to provide defibrillation
to sudden cardiac arrest victims within three minutes," said Jerry Taylor, nurse
consultant, Materials Management Department. "This is a good system that supports
premier patient care."
Once the cabinet is opened,
a loud continuous alarm is activated and the AED
unit can be removed. Instructions on how to use the AED are posted beside each
cabinet, and the unit itself gives easy-to-understand screen messages and voice
prompts on what steps to take. Employees should also follow regular Code Blue
procedures by dialing 911 for any medical emergency.
"The AED station emits a
very loud continuous alarm whenever the door is opened
and only a special key can turn the alarm off," said Taylor. "So the stations
should be opened only when there is a Code Blue situation in which the victim
is unconscious, is not breathing and doesn't have a pulse."
Sudden cardiac arrest from heart attacks, heart disease, accidents or other
causes, strikes nearly 250,000 American adults each year. About 95 percent die
before reaching the hospital. Survival rates from sudden cardiac arrest drop
about 10 percent with each passing minute before defibrillation. People have a
better chance of surviving if they undergo defibrillation within the first few
minutes of cardiac arrest.
AED training is included in all NIH CPR classes. Special skills beyond CPR
training are not needed to operate the AED.
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Disability Awareness Expo
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Experimenting on Laboratory Colleagues: Is It a Good Idea?
Robert J. Levine, M.D., Yale University
Wednesday Afternoon Lecture
3 p.m. Masur Auditorium
AIDS: A Window On Infectious Diseases
Henry Masur, M.D., CC
Grand Rounds Great Teachers Series
noon-1 p.m. Masur Auditorium
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Past, Present, and Future
Nathan Zvaifler, M.D., University of California, San Diego
Wednesday Afternoon Lecture
3 p.m. Masur Auditorium
Chromatin and its Impact on Gene Expression and Cellular Memory
Danny F. Reinberg, Ph.D., University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Piscataway
NIH Clinical Center Director's Awards
1-3 p.m. Masur Auditorium
noon-1 p.m. Masur Auditorium
West Nile Virus: Pathogenesis and Therapeutic Options
Juan Gea-Banacloche, M.D., NCI
Wednesday Afternoon Lecture
3 p.m. Masur Auditorium
A Second Post-War Revolution in Biomedicine
Donald Kennedy, Ph.D., Stanford University
No Grand Rounds
No Wednesday Afternoon Lecture
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Clinical Center Director's Award
The 2002 Clinical Center Director's Annual Address and Awards Ceremony will be held Friday, November 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium. Following the ceremony, a reception will be held in the Visitor Information Center. For the first time, the Clinical Center QWI/Diversity Council is sponsoring a new award category in the Director's Award program that will recognize employees who have made significant contributions to advancing quality of worklife and diversity.
DTM sends help to sniper victim
The Department of
Transfusion Medicine was called upon to deliver red cells and platelets for
intraoperative transfusion support for Conrad Johnson, the 13th victim of
the sniper attacks that plagued the Washington D.C. area during the month of October, 2002. According to Dr. Susan F. Leitman, chief, Blood Services Section, Johnson had massive transfusion needs, and the police dragnet that closed roads around the area that Tuesday, October 22, prohibited Red Cross from delivering products on time. DTM transferred 20 units of group A red cells and 3 plateletpherisis components to Suburban Hospital.
The Blood Bank is in urgent need of donors. Hours of operation are TuesdayFriday,
from 7:30 a.m.5:30 p.m. For information visit http://www.cc.nih.gov/blooddonor/index.html.
Customer service on the web
Many employees have made and continue to make the Customer Service Initiative a success. To learn more about their involvement and customer service at the NIH Clinical Center visit online at: http://intranet.cc.nih.gov/od/customerservicevisit . Customer service relates to the encounters patients have with staff while at the Clinical Centerhow these encounters are experienced is the strongest source of customer satisfaction for patients. A high regard for excellent customer service is how the good healthcare organizations are distinguished from the extraordinary ones. For further information on the Customer Service Initiative contact Deb Gardner at 301-496-6834 or Denise Ford at 301-451-9868.
QWI needs you
The Quality of Worklife Initiative and Diversity Council is looking for people who want to make a difference in their workplace. QWI believes that the understanding of, and value for, the diverse and unique qualities we all possess, can strengthen us as an organization and help us better serve our diverse customers. The council is an advocate for and strongly encourages an inclusive and diverse Clinical Center work environment. The council meets on the second and fourth Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12 noon (locations are announced prior to meetings). Anyone who would like to join the council, propose ideas for activities or enhancements, or simply come to meetings can contact the council co-facilitators, Deborah Dozier-Hall 301-496-1252 or Jacques Bolle 301-594-9769.
The Manchester String
Quartet will perform at NIH on Monday, November 25 in Masur Auditorium. This is the
quartet's fourteenth season performing at NIH. For reasonable accommodation needs,
contact Sharon Greenwell at 301-496-4713 or email email@example.com.
The annual holiday bazaar
will be held on Thursday, November 21 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the first floor of the
Clinical Center. All proceeds benefit Friends of the Clinical Center. For more information
Ready, set, go!
The Clinical Center
made a good showing at the 19th NIH Institute Relay race. After a seven-year hiatus,
the race was brought back to life, sending hundreds of employees running a half-mile around Building 1. The race was sponsored by the R&W Association. Out of 83 teams, nine were from the Clinical Center.
Here are the results:
- "Nuked Up": 29th, 17:22
- "Dah Rad Devils": 35th , 17:58
- "13 West Flyers": 40th, 18:13
- "13 East-Lucky for Some": 44th, 18:28
- "CC Cheetahs": 51st, 18:41
- "Home Team": 68th, 20:19
- "CC Riders": 69th, 20:23
- "Ultra Centrifuge": 74th, 20:54
- "Velvet Touch": 83rd, 23:40.
TSP open season
The Thrift Savings Plan
open season will run from October 15 through December 31. Eligible FERS employees may
elect to contribute up to 13 percent of their salary among the five TSP funds. CSRS
employees may contribute up to 8 percent of their salary during this open season.
Information about the Thrift Savings Plan is available in your personnel office.
FEHB open season
The Federal Employees
open season will begin Nov. 11, through December 9. The average premium in the
FEHB program will increase by 11 percent in 2003. For more information about switching
your health plan or the changes occurring within your current health plan, ask your
DLM 30th annual holiday fundraiser
The Laboratory of
Medicine will hold its 30th annual holiday fundraiser on Friday, December 6
from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Building 10, Room 2C310. Volunteers are needed
to donate items or services. All items are tax deductible. There will be a white elephant sale table, a bake sale, pizza, and a silent auction. To make donations call Sheila Barrett at 301-436-5668 or Norma Ruschell at 301-496-4475.
Schedule of events is as follows:
Coffee, Tea and Bake Sale
Silent Auction and White Elephant Sale begins
11 a.m.- Pizza for Lunch
2 p.m.- Silent Auction ends
Training Programs in Clinical Research
for the 2003-2004 NIH-Duke Training Program in Clinical Research and the
University of Pittsburgh Training in Clinical Research Program are available
in Building 10, Room B1L403.
Duke Training Program in
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, offered via
videoconference at the Clinical Center, allows the integration of a student's academic
coursework with his or her clinical training.
Academic credit earned by participating in this program may be applied toward
satisfying the degree requirement for a Master of Health Sciences in Clinical
Research from Duke University School of Medicine.
E-mail queries regarding the program may be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for applying is March 1, 2003. Applicants who have been accepted into the program will be notified by July 1, 2003.
Pitt Training Program
The University of Pittsburgh Training
in Clinical Research Program, designed for Ph.D. and allied health professionals
(i.e., pharmacists and nurses), allows trainees to gain the knowledge and skills required
for the conduct of clinical investigation, as well as more extensive knowledge relative to a specific area of concentration.
Participants of this program 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.
For more information send an e-mail to email@example.com. The deadline for applying is March 1, 2003. Successful applicants will be notified by May 29, 2003.
Physicians and dentists are also eligible to matriculate in this program.
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writers: Colleen Henrichsen and John Iler
Clinical Center News, 6100 Executive Blvd., Suite 3C01, MSC 7511, National Institutes
of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892-7511. Tel: 301-496-2563. Fax: 301-402-2984.
Published monthly for CC employees by the Office of Clinical Center
Communications, Colleen Henrichsen, chief. News, article ideas, calendar
events, letters, and photographs are welcome. Deadline for submissions
is the second Monday of each month
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