Stories of hope and heartbreak from the front
Corps officers at NIH tell of hurricane
relief work in Louisiana
By Kathryn Boswell
Cmdr. Jeff Kopp (seated far right) and other corps
officers prepare to fly into New Orleans to conduct
needs assessments at local hospitals.
Hundreds of NIH employees stepped up to assist Hurricane
Katrina victims in any and every way in the wake of the
disaster. They offered financial help, medical expertise,
prayers and even a place to stay for those evacuating the
southern states. Joining those ranks of volunteers were
many NIH employees who maintain unique roles as both NIH
health providers and members of the United States Public
Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps. On Sunday, Aug.
28, members of Team Alpha, as they became known, left the
safety of their homes to travel directly into the hurricane’s
path so they would be on the ground and ready to help when
and where they were needed most.
Capt. Charles McGarvey, Lt. Cmdr. Patty Garzone, Lt. Cmdr.
Jeasmine Aizvera and Lt. Martin Hamilton, all Clinical Center
staff, and Cmdr. Jeffrey Kopp of NIDDK were among those
in Team Alpha who spent about a week, primarily in Baton
Rouge, La., caring for evacuees in a makeshift hospital
at Louisiana State University. In the days prior to their
deployment, they watched along with the rest of the world
as Katrina developed into a category-four storm and set
its course for Louisiana and Mississippi. As Commissioned
Corps officers, responsible for providing health care in
times of national emergencies, each knew it was possible
they would receive the call to leave.
When it became evident that Hurricane Katrina would impact
the southern coast, a total group of 37 Commissioned Corps
members, including McGarvey, Aizvera and Kopp, received
the call for deployment. As the first group left, they acquired
the name Team Alpha.
The corps maintains a heavy presence at NIH with 400 NIH
commissioned officers, 111 of whom are Clinical Center employees.
As one of the nation’s seven uniformed services, the
corps, led by the United States surgeon general, is responsible
for promoting the health of the nation as well as providing
health expertise in time of national emergencies.
McGarvey, chief physical therapist within the CC’s
Rehabilitation Medicine Department, got the call on Sunday,
Aug. 28 and was asked not only to report to the airport,
but also to serve as the group’s leader during the
deployment. “On Saturday I had recommended that the
corps be deployed before the storm hit because of how difficult
it may be to get in later,” McGarvey explains. “The
next day, Adm. John Babb [of the Commissioned Corps’
Office of Forced Readiness and Deployment] called and told
me to get ready to leave.”
Twenty-nine other Washington, D.C., area corps members
and eight Center for Disease Control employees in Atlanta
received the same call that day. People often had only a
few hours to pack, say goodbye to family members and get
to the airport before their plane was scheduled to leave.
That was the case for Aizvera, assistant chief of performance
improvement in the Social Work Department and a mental health
provider with the corps. “At 2:15 p.m. I got the call
for a mandatory deployment and was instructed to be at the
airport by 5 p.m.,” Aizvera says.
As the group gathered at the airport and prepared to board
the chartered jets for the trip they soon learned that the
original mission to report to duty at the Superdome in New
Orleans had been moved to the new destination of Jackson,
Miss. At 11 p.m. they arrived at the airport in Jackson,
rented 18 minivans and drove to their hotel, arriving around
That night the group went to bed for what would be their
last night of comfortable rest for the next week. They were
excited and anxious to get started the next day, not knowing
that Mother Nature had other plans in store.
The next morning weather reports announced that the hurricane
had hit New Orleans and would soon reach Jackson. At 3 p.m.,
as promised, Katrina roared into town. The electricity at
the hotel went out as damaged roofs allowed rainwater to
pour into the hotel and trees outside bent from the more
than 60 mile-per-hour winds.
“We didn’t have water, because the water system
was powered by electricity,” McGarvey explains. “And
without power, the hotel staff decided to use grills to
cook all of the food stored in the freezers for all the
people staying there. The corps officers also helped guide
hotel guests down the pitch-black stairwells because there
were no elevators or stairwell lights.”
courtesy of LSULooking down on the floor of the
Peter Maravich Assembly Center on the LSU campus in
Baton Rouge where acute care patients were treated.
“The hotel was full of evacuees and their pets,”
remembers Aizvera. “There were all kinds of animals
everywhere, I even saw a ferret,” she laughs.
McGarvey led the group in a muster (discussion) by flashlight
in the hotel lobby. The mission had been decided; the group
would augment hospital services at Louisiana State University
(LSU) where patients were being brought in from New Orleans.
They would leave as soon as the weather allowed them to
After waiting out the storm in Jackson, the group eventually
left for Baton Rouge Tuesday afternoon. After four hours
of driving and negotiating for much-needed gasoline at an
overwhelmed station along the way, the group arrived at
their destination at 9:30 p.m.
“When we arrived it still felt like just a college
campus,” Aizvera recalls. “It was quiet, but
very hot, despite the fact that it was late at night.”
As they entered the large Pete Maravich Assembly Center,
or PMAC, on the LSU campus they saw a few cots set up in
the giant, open concrete room. “There were 25 cots
set up, all the medication and supplies that had been delivered
from the Strategic National Stockpile were in boxes surrounding
the area, and the patients were arriving in ambulances and
helicopters even as we were getting there,” McGarvey
News from the hardest hit areas in New Orleans was beginning
to leak out—and if the rumored devastation proved
to be accurate, soon the PMAC would be swarming with hundreds
more evacuees. McGarvey’s team knew the supplies were
going to be of no help if they weren’t organized and
ready for use, so the group got to work without a moment
courtesy of LSU
A local nun in Baton Rouge came every day in her
wheelchair to pray with and comfort the evacuees
and medical personnel at LSU.
A rotation schedule was set up for the nine physicians,
five pharmacists, 14 nurses and other staff to work three
eight-hour shifts. Those eight-hour rotations quickly became
12-hour shifts for all officers on the team. The first night,
many of the pharmacists and other officers stayed up the
entire night in order to unpack and organize the pharmaceutical
supplies, only to begin their shift the next morning with
no sleep. Their hard work paid off in time to begin serving
the multitudes of evacuees that were in desperate need of
insulin and hypertension and respiration medicines.
“The most critical task we completed was the development
and implementation of a pharmacy,” says McGarvey.
“It was also one of the most exciting moments. You
could hear doctors exclaim across the room, ‘We have
The patients in the PMAC grew in number each day and brought
with them a variety of mental and physical illnesses. Some
were suffering from strokes or were in diabetic crisis.
Others had wounds with possible infections or chronic illnesses.
A particular challenge was assisting those patients who
arrived in need of dialysis. “Louisiana is part of
a kidney disease belt: six Southern states with the highest
rates of end-stage kidney disease in the nation. Within
the flooded city of New Orleans, 45 dialysis clinics closed
and many of these patients were evacuated to Baton Rouge,”
Kopp explains.“Nephrolo-gists in Baton Rouge, supported
by private dialysis companies, did a tremendous job and
brought in equipment and staff to care for 700 new dialysis
“Many people were just plain scared,” Aizvera
says. As one of only two mental-health care providers on
scene in those early days, Aizvera had her hands full helping
evacuees locate shelters, find missing family members and
calm their fears.
“One particular situation that brought me to the
heart of the matter was a woman who was about 20 years old
with a one-year-old son with her,” Aizvera recalls
as she thumbs through her small notebook that holds the
details and stories of the people she worked with during
those trying days at the PMAC. “She had redness and
a possible infection from a very recent C-section, but there
was no baby with her. She went on to tell me that she had
been evacuated from her home in New Orleans while her baby
had remained in the hospital due to complications. The baby
had been evacuated to another hospital, but she didn’t
know where. I called 14 hospitals in Louisiana and Texas,
but I never found the baby,” Aizvera says.
Decisions that often take families months or years had
to be made in minutes and in the company of strangers. For
example, when one elderly couple was told they needed to
go to a nursing home it was met with the husband’s
stubborn insistence that he and his chronically ill wife
just wanted to go back home to Harvey. “I kept trying
to explain to him that Harvey wasn’t safe,”
Aizvera says, “but that I hoped he would get to go
back soon.” After hours of negotiations and complications,
the man became so frightened of approaching rescuers that
he pulled out a knife and had to be temporarily sent to
a psychiatric facility while his wife went to the nursing
Kopp, whose primary role was to serve as a physician, saw
a woman who had been in the waters of New Orleans for some
time. “She had reached for what she thought was a
rope,” Kopp says, “and it turned out to be a
electrical cable. Her body was spotted with first and second
degree burns. She had had fainting episodes and we were
concerned that she might have had cardiac damage. She was
admitted for cardiac monitoring.”
|"It was an unbelievable experience
in terms of the opportunity to serve people. "
-Jeasmine Aizvera, corps officer and CC social worker
Another evacuee Kopp spoke with was a woman who had been
experiencing chest pains for hours. Initially he considered
the possibility of cardiac disease and as he spoke to one
of the teenage daughters who had arrived with the woman,
he learned of their heartbreaking story. “The family
had stayed behind with the woman’s elderly mother.
As the water rose, and the family escaped to the upper levels
of their home, at some point the elderly mother experienced
a cardiac arrest and, without medical assistance available,
she died. For hours they sat with the body, waiting for
help. When help did arrive, they were forced to leave the
body behind,” he says.
“The whole emotional tone in the PMAC was very calm,”
Kopp says. “Given that people were bed-to-bed, I think
they realized they were part of a larger tableau of misery.
It took the ‘me’ out of the situation. People
were just glad to be getting care.”
One of the success stories that Aizvera was pleased to
share was that of an evacuated family that had appeared
on the national news, which their worried son in California
happened to be watching. He managed to make contact with
the PMAC facility and Aizvera worked with a local Ph.D.
student who had connections with the pilot’s association
and negotiated for a pilot to volunteer his time, plane
and fuel to fly the family to California.
During their time at the PMAC, McGarvey and others labored
to find a location to secure the medications, remind everyone
to stop and eat or drink something when they needed to,
and to ensure that all the officers obtained some measure
of sleep, which was a constant struggle. “The group
slept on cots in an auxiliary basketball gym, which had
to be kept dark at all times due to the 12-hour rotation
schedule,” McGarvey explains. “Meals were provided
by LSU volunteers and church organizations.”
Eventually the system of admissions and treatment at the
PMAC had hit its stride. An intake form and database had
been created to track patients’ names and conditions;
the pharmacy was running smoothly; a color-coding system
had been put in place to gauge the level of medical attention
each patient required; and members of the Illinois Medical
Emergency Response Team (IMERT) and New Mexico’s Disaster
Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) had arrived to support ongoing
medical relief work. Patients were processed quickly, spending
an average of only eight to ten hours in a bed before they
were moved to another facility or to the fieldhouse—a
shelter turned treatment center that was also located on
the LSU campus, which served patients not in need of acute
Over an eight-day period, 15,000 patients were triaged
and 6,000 were admitted to the PMAC or fieldhouse for shelter
At the start of the second week of their deployment, the
PHS officers received a new mission to perform needs assessments
at the local hospitals and to develop a plan for reviving
the region’s public health services. Kopp, along with
other officers, was flown by Black Hawk helicopter into
They discovered that the most common needs were staff,
staff housing, medications and security. One clinic in St.
Bernard’s parish had only one suture kit being used
to treat all lacerations. “They said ‘we are
doing our best to just keep it as clean as we can,’”
Kopp recalls. “We made sure that supplies were delivered
by helicopter the next day, and that a DMAT arrived the
day after that.”
Aizvera traveled to New Orleans as part of a mental health
team where she worked to assess the mental health needs
of first responders (police, firefighters and other rescue
personnel) and to evaluate the logistics of providing support,
such as where and when to offer counseling sessions and
how to obtain support from the groups’ leaders. “We
also held sessions for the city workers in New Orleans,”
she says. “Many of them had been in their offices
since the storm had hit almost a week earlier.”
Aizvera and others also went to the Superdome, which by
that time had been fully evacuated. “We wanted to
see the Superdome so we could see what those people had
seen,” she says. “It was the most inhumane thing.
Everywhere you stepped there would be kids’ toys,
blankets, bottles, trash, or food wrappers—the entire
room was full of things. It was the middle of the day when
we went in, but it was almost completely dark. To think
of people living under those circumstances, in that darkness,”
she trails off.
The corps officers that served in the wake of Hurricane
Katrina joined many other NIH employees in the relief efforts—each
contributed a unique and necessary part to the overall mission.
But because of their unique training, vaccinations, preparations
and wide range of medical expertise among the members, the
corps officers were able to go directly into the hardest
hit areas without any delay.
“The commitment of Team Alpha to the completion of
this mission was truly remarkable. It defined the concept
of a successful deployment,” McGarvey says. “I
could not have hand-picked a better group of officers
and I feel honored to have had the opportunity to serve
with them in Louisiana.”
“It was an unbelievable experience in terms of
the opportunity to serve people,” says Aizvera.
“When I get the next call for deployment, I’ll
be ready to go.”
NIH staff deployed to establish field
| Volunteers from
NIH and Duke set up a field hospital in Meridian,
Meridian, Mississippi, was the destination for staff deployed
to set up a 250-bed federal medical contingency station
(FMCS) in the early days after Hurricane Katrina.
“It was a team effort that involved NIH staff as
well as a contingent from Duke University,” said Capt.
Elaine Ayres, the CC assistant director for ethics and technology
development who was the PHS team leader. “The group
included medical, logistical, information technology, facility
management and security personnel.”
“The volunteers were enthusiastic and ready to commit,”
added Dr. Pierre Noel, chief of the hematology service in
the Department of Laboratory Medicine and medical director
for the group. “Our hospital’s goal was to provide
care for patients who are actively sick or acutely injured.”
The Clinical Center will receive a similar FMCS—a
complete medical unit boxed for storage. “The contingency
station will be placed here as part of the emergency preparedness
partnership that includes the National Naval Medicine Center,
Suburban Hospital and the CC,” Ayres said. The deployment
to Mississippi, she added “gave us the opportunity
to better understand how best to use this type of resource
in the future.”
Need for the hospital didn’t materialize, and most
volunteers headed home Sept. 10. “Hospitals in the
region were getting back up and going by then,”
The FMCS at the Meridian Air National Guard ultimately
held 500 beds in the main hanger and was staffed by the
NIH/Duke team, as well as three other teams of PHS officers,
some from NIH. “The challenge of setting up a hospital
this size in 24 hours could not have been completed without
the dedication and support of the combined staff of 180,”
Call Center offers medical counsel to those
|NIH Clinical Center staff (from
left), Dinora Dominguez, Laura Lee, Dora Bell, Nancy
Jenkins, Debra Byram, Dr. Fred Gill and Kathie Bronson
answer and triage calls in the NIH Call Center.
The NIH Katrina medical consultation call center logged
446 calls in round-the-clock operation Sept. 3-28. The call
center was originally conceived as a consultation service
for clinicians at Gulf Coast area hospitals still standing
and HHS field hospitals deployed in the wake of Hurricane
Katrina. It quickly became apparent that the general public
in those areas needed this specialized help as well.
Many callers sought help that wasn’t medically related,
and staff worked diligently to identify and refer those
callers to the most appropriate local resources for assistance.
A cadre of NIH staff volunteers kept the phones covered.
Consultations were provided by clinician-volunteers from
throughout NIH. Calls from clinicians around the country
have consistently reflected just how devastating and far-reaching
this disaster has been.
- A Louisiana nurse in a Red Cross clinic had begun seeing
many HIV patients whose hospital was no longer in operation.
She wanted advice on where to turn for medications and
- An emergency room physician in Dallas sought clarification
on dosing when giving children tetanus shots.
- A physician in Wisconsin asked about what screening
questions staff should be covering with newly arrived
“Most people were amazed to get a real human being
on the phone,” nurse practitioner Kathie Bronson said
of her experience in the call center. “They were so
grateful for anything we were able to do to help. It’s
nice to know that you can reach out from here at NIH and
help in a meaningful way.”
Message from Clinical Center Director
| NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni (center in ballcap) and CC director Dr. John Gallin (on the director's left) meet with NIH volunteers who were deployed Sept. 4. They include (from l) Mark Ritter, Maryland Pao, Melanie Bacon, Jean Murphy, Mike Polis, Amy Garner-O'Brien, Jim Shelhamer, Alice Pao, James Gibbs, Deb Gardner, Bob Danner, Mary Sparks, Sashi Ravindran, Grace Kelly and Susan Hoover.
Back-to-back hurricanes in recent weeks have challenged
our nation in ways rarely imagined, and members of the Clinical
Center family responded with compassion and deep-felt concern.
Before the true extent of damage and destruction resulting
from Hurricane Katrina was completely understood, I heard
from dozens of you who wanted to help in any way possible.
Deployments of Commissioned Corps officers among our ranks
began immediately. Over the course of Labor Day weekend,
the Clinical Center played a major role in implementing
NIH response initiatives.
We established a telephone medical consultation and referral
center that was available 24/7 and handled 446 calls between
Sept. 3 and Sept. 28. A cadre of staff volunteers answered
and triaged the calls to medical experts from throughout
NIH. Many times the callers were patients and families members
from the region devastated by Katrina, and later Rita. Staff
volunteers worked tirelessly to provide information and
assistance to callers with nowhere else to turn.
We created capacity within the Clinical Center to accept
up to 100 patients and their family members from the Gulf
Coast region. Accommodating this surge of patients is a
process we have developed and practiced through our participation
in the Emergency Preparedness Partnership with National
Navy Medical Center and Suburban Hospital. If the need arose,
we were ready.
We supported deploying a field hospital in collaboration
with Duke University in anticipation of a need to provide
care for disaster victims transported to Meridian, Miss.,
a need that thankfully did not materialize. Volunteers from
across the CC and NIH joined this hospital team and literally
in a matter of hours were en route. Sixty volunteers were
deployed in this remarkable and valuable exercise in disaster
Your contributions and your expertise have made a difference
to those who needed help. Thank you for your inspiring commitment
during these unprecedented times.
—John I. Gallin, MD
Clinical Center Director
Astute Clinician Lecture addresses heart
By Colleen Henrichsen
“Inflammation, CRP and Cardiovascular Risk: Is It
Time to Change the Framingham Risk Score?” is the
subject of the 2005 Astute Clinician Lecture, scheduled
for Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium.
The speaker is Dr. Paul Ridker, Eugene Braunwald professor
of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and director of the
Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention at the Brigham
and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
A graduate of Brown University, Harvard Medical School
and the Harvard School of Public Health, Ridker’s
work on inflammation and C-reactive protein (CRP) led to
the first set of federal guidelines advocating CRP evaluation
to detect heart disease.
CRP is a highly sensitive marker of inflammation and can
predict risk of developing a future heart attack or stroke.
High levels of CRP have been found to more accurately predict
heart disease than cholesterol, the most commonly used predictor
of heart disease.
In multiple studies evaluating men and women, Ridker’s
work has consistently found that those with elevated baseline
levels of CRP are at two- to three-fold increased risk of
future heart disease and stroke, even after taking into
account all traditional risk factors used in the Framingham
“In fact, those with high levels of CRP and low levels
of cholesterol are at substantially higher risk than those
with high levels of cholesterol and low levels of CRP,”
said Ridker. “This data validates the concept that
inflammation is crucial to atherosclerosis.”
Ridker’s group also discovered that the widely prescribed
“statin” drugs not only lower cholesterol, but
also lower CRP levels, and that both of these factors are
important for determining drug efficacy.
“This was a major challenge for heart disease screening,”
said Ridker. “The medical profession was relying predominantly
on cholesterol levels to both predict and monitor heart
disease risk. People with high CRP levels were outside the
federal screening guidelines; yet, for many, their risk
is actually higher than people inside the former guidelines.”
The study echoed what Ridker and many other doctors had
been observing for years. For every patient with high cholesterol
and plaque-clogged arteries, there was one with low cholesterol
who nonetheless developed a heart attack or stroke. In addition
to the development of new guidelines for heart-disease risk,
the finding led to more widespread use of novel preventive
Ridker’s research is supported by multiple NHLBI
grants, as well as a Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award
from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Time magazine
honored Ridker as one of America’s ten best researchers
in science and medicine in 2001.
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
The Astute Clinician Lecture is an NIH Director’s
Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series event and is hosted by
the Clinical Center. For information and accommodations,
contact Hilda Madine, (301) 594-5595.
Dr. Nieman receives 2005 Clinical Teacher’s
Dr. John Gallin, CC director (left), congratulates Clinical Teacher Award winner Dr. Lynnette Nieman and two of the finalists, Drs. Scott Saxman and Owen Rennert.
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
(NICHD) researcher Dr. Lynnette Nieman was named the 2005
Distinguished Clinical Teacher at the Sept. 14 Grand Rounds.
She was recognized as an exemplary clinical mentor and outstanding
teacher who played an important role in the professional
development of clinical fellows.
“A clinical mentor is someone who models the characteristics
of an ethical and compassionate physician,” said Dr.
Julie Martin, allergy and immunology clinical fellow (NIAID)
and chairperson of the award committee. “None of us
could ask for a better role model than our 2005 DCTA winner.”
Dr. John Gallin, CC director, underscored the importance
of clinical training in his introduction, saying, “Training
is an integral component of the overall NIH mission. It
is therefore essential that we have a faculty that values
the teaching of young physician-scientists.”
Nieman is currently the chief of NICHD’s Reproductive
Biology and Medicine Branch. Her long and distinguished
career at NIH began in 1982 when she joined the NICHD staff
as a medical fellow. In the years following she was appointed
to the NIH Clinical Center Board of Governors (now known
as the NIH Advisory Board for Clinical Research). She was
clinical director of NICHD from 1991 to 2001, and for two
of those years was chair of the Medical Executive Committee.
She has conducted research on the disorders of hypercortisolism
and antiprogestins as therapeutic agents, is the author
of hundreds of papers, and has sponsored three investigational
new drug applications to the FDA.
“The first day I met her, I was astounded by her
approachability and her willingness to sit down and teach
first-year fellows,” said one fellow. “No question
is too simple and she gives a thorough and thoughtful answer
The 2005 award committee received more than 20 nominations
for outstanding clinical mentors at NIH. Finalists were
Scott Saxman (NCI), Owen Rennert (NICHD), Daniel Kastner
(NIAMS) and Raphael Schiffmann (NINDS).
Longtime NIH barber passes away
Cosme Saculles (88), a barber in the NIH beauty and barbershop
in building 10, passed away August 1. He had worked in
the barbershop for 28 years, serving his loyal customers
since 1977. He would often visit patients in their rooms
to give them haircuts when they were not physically able
to come to the shop. It was a service he was happy to
provide and one that was especially meaningful to those
special clients. A native of the Philippines, Saculles
maintained a home there and had planned to complete the
next of his many trips there in January 2006.
Saculles was married in 1938 to Flora Samera who preceded
him in death in 2001; and his sister Magdalena Saculess
passed away in 1997. He is survived by his brother Sebastian
Saculles who lives in Kodiak, Alaska; his sister, Maxine
Longnecker, the manager of the NIH beauty/barber shop; his
six children, Teresita, Rose, Linda and Daniel of Silver
Spring, Md., Gloria of Sacramento, Calif., and Virginia
of Germantown, Md., and 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
2005 flu vaccine information for NIH employees
Although last year’s influenza vaccine program was
complicated by a vaccine shortage, NIH did receive vaccine
and was able to offer it initially to priority groups and
later to all who were interested. This year, NIH plans to
offer the regular vaccine campaign in November. The influenza
vaccine for the 2005-2006 season contains the following
strains recommended by the FDA’s Vaccines and Related
Biological Products Advisory Committee: A/New Caledonia/20/99-like
(H1N1), B/Shanghai/361/2002-like, and A/California/7/2004
(H3N2-like). Look for the upcoming schedule of dates and
locations on the Office of Research Services website at
http://foiltheflu.nih.gov/ . If you have questions about
the influenza vaccine, call the Clinical Center Hospital
Epidemiology Service (301-496-2209).
Medicine for the Public lectures begin October
The NIH Clinical Center’s 2005 Medicine for the Public
lecture series are free and open to the public. Each lecture
will be presented at 7 p.m. in the Masur Auditorium. See
the CC News calendar for more information on upcoming lectures.
Clinical trials seeking volunteers
NICHD is seeking healthy volunteers, ages
18-30, to participate in an investigational anthrax
vaccine study conducted at the NIH, DHHS. Medical
tests will determine eligibility. Compensation provided.
Please call 1-800-411-1222 (TTY: 1-866-411-1010). www.cc.nih.gov
Research Malaria Vaccine Study Doctors
at the NIH are conducting a study to test the safety of
a research malaria vaccine and its ability to generate immunity.
Males or non-pregnant females, healthy, between the ages
of 18 and 50, and who have never been exposed to malaria
may consider participating. All study-related-tests and
medicines are provided at no cost, and you are compensated.
The research vaccine will not infect you with malaria. Call
1-800-411-1222 (TTY# 1-866-411-1010). The NIH is part of
DHHS. Refer to study 05-I-0133.
Thyroid Research for volunteers 18 or
older with thyroid gland removed and taking thyroid replacement
therapy. The study will look at how the body uses thyroid
hormones to control the rate of body functions. There is
no cost for the research tests or treatment. Compensation
is provided. NIH, part of DHHS. Call: 1-800-411-1222 (TTY:
1-866-411-1010) or visit http://clinicaltrials.gov. Se habla
español. (Study 05-DK-0119)
Help Build Better Vaccines for a Healthier World
A new generation of science building a new generation of
vaccines. Healthy adults 18-50 years old needed to participate
in the study of an investigational West Nile Virus vaccine.
Financial compensation is provided. These studies are being
conducted by the Vaccine Research Center, National Institute
of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH, DHHS www.cc.nih.gov
Study 05-I-0126 To volunteer, or for more information, please
call us at 1-866-833-LIFE (toll-free) or TTY 1-866-411-1010.
Jet Lag NIH researchers are looking for
travelers going east 6-8 time zones to study the effects
of replacing hormones disrupted by jet travel. Participants
will take a study medication (hydrocortisone, melatonin,
or placebo), fill out questionnaires and obtain salivary
samples. Travel stay of 4-10 days at destination required.
Time involved will include one screening visit and blood
work and one follow-up visit. Healthy adults, ages 18-65
call 1-800-411-1222 (TTY: 1-866-411-1010). NIH is part of
the DHHS (Study 05-CH-0037)
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consider participating in an NIH, Department of Health and
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are at no cost. Call 1-800-411-1222 (TTY: 1-866-411-1010).
HIV+ Volunteers off anti-HIV-medications,
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NIH is part of the DHHS. Study 05-CC-0008
The NIH invites you to participate in a clinical study
to learn more about ovarian function. Information
obtained from this study will be used to develop a test
that will enable physicians to uncover various kinds of
ovarian dysfunction early in a woman’s life. Women
18 to 25 years of age call 1-800-411-1222, or TTY 1-866-411-1010,
for information. Study-related tests or treatment are provided
at no cost. Participants will be compensated. The NIH is
part of the DHHS. Study 00-CH-0189.
Healthy Volunteers Platelets are blood
cells that help to stop bleeding. People with abnormal or
missing platelet sacs tend to bleed longer than other people.
NIH doctors are conducting a study to examine how platelet
sacs are formed and what happens to cause bleeding disorders.
Study results may contribute to the medical care, treatment,
and prevention of problems associated with this disorder.
If you have been diagnosed with abnormal platelets, call
1-800-411-1222 (TTY: 1-866-411-1010). NIH is part of the
DHHS. Study 04-HG-0226.
Healthy African Americans and Africans with
low white blood count needed! You can help us at NIH understand
why individuals with low white blood count remain healthy.
Call us at 1-800-411-1222 (TTY#1-866-411-1010) refer to
study # 03-DK-0168 NIH is part of the DHHS Compensation
In appreciation of those who contributed
to hurricane relief
Members of the NIH community and our colleagues
across the nation quickly and compassionately answered
when the call for help went out. Dr. Elias Zerhouni,
NIH director, worked through the Association of American
Medical Colleges to talk to medical school deans.
As result, 201 institutions identified more than 1,000
potential volunteers. NIH physicians contacted colleagues
in academia and professional organizations such as
the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and those partners
stood ready to support needs as they evolved. Those
working on NIH efforts have included:
NIH Deployment Wave 0 (9/4/05) Elaine Ayres (CC),
Laura Chisholm (CC), Bill Kelley (OA), Peter Kussin
(NIEHS), Larry Logan (CC), Chris Mattingly (ORS),
Pierre Noel (CC), Ophus Robertson (ORS), David Schwartz
(NIEHS), John Walker (ORF). NIH Wave 1 (9/5/05) Melanie
Bacon (NIAID), Kathryn Carnighan (NCI), Robert Danner
(CC), Deborah Gardner (CC), Amy Garner-O'Brien (CC),
James Gibbs (NIAID), Susan Hoover (NIAID), Grace Kelly
(NIAID), Margaret McCluskey (NIAID), Jeane Murphy
(NIMH), Maryland Pao (NIMH), Alice Pau (NIAID), Michael
Polis (NIAID), Shashi Ravindran (NINDS), Mark Ritter
(NIMH), James Shelhamer (CC), Mary Sparks (CC), Heather
Abernathy (Duke), James Andra (Duke), Carla Bost (Duke),
Chi Dang (Duke), Elizabeth Davis (Duke), Frank DeMarco
(Duke), Laura Dickerson (Duke), Tom Garvey (Duke),
Grace Gunderson-Falcone (Duke), John Kessler (Duke),
Janice Krueger (Duke), James Lewis (Duke), Kim Osborne
(Duke), Carrie Pinkham-Reidy (Duke), Pat Pun (Duke),
Becky Schroeder (Duke), Mark Sebastian (Duke), Steve
Talbert (Duke), Heather Turner (Duke), Yvette West
(Duke), Robin Wood-Noblitt (Duke). NIH Wave 1.5 (9/7/05)
Clyde Bartz (ORS), Frederick Boyle (ORS), Wallace
Carter (ORS), Thomas Cioffi (ORS), Charles Gibbs (CC/DCRI),
Jude Monsales (CC/DLM), Dexter Moore (ORS), Alex Negretti
(ORS), Gary Pickering (ORS), James Pinerio (ORS),
Craig Rowland (ORS), James Skyrum (ORS). USPHS Commissioned
Corps from the Clinical Center as of Oct. 7 with deployments
ongoing. LCDR Jeasmine Aizvera, CDR Michael Arnold,
LT Leigh Bernardino, CDR Mary Ellen Cadman, LT Wanda
Chestnut, LCDR Janice Davis, LCDR Richard Decederfelt,
LT Blakeley Denkinger, LCDR Patty Garzone, CDR Annie
Gilchrist, CAPT Luisa Gravlin, LT Martin Hamilton,
LCDR Jaewon Hong, CDR Lenora Jones, CAPT Maureen Lesser,
LT Laura Longstaff, CDR Lisa Marunycz, CAPT Charles
McGarvey, CDR Joseph McKinney, LT Alexis Mosquera,
CDR Susan Orsega, CAPT Rebecca Parks, LT Chauha Pham,
CAPT Carol Romano, LT Merel Schollnberger, LT Venetta
Thompson, CAPT Diane Walsh. Hurricane Call Center
volunteers Howard Austin (NIDDK), Allison Adams (CC),
Felicia Andrews (CC), Karen Baker (CC), Jim Balow
(NIDDK), (Dora Bell (CC), Robyn Bent (CC), Jaime Brahim
(NIDCR), Kathie Bronson (CC), Christine Bruske (NIEHS),
Sara Byars (CC), Debbie Byram (CC), Tracey Chinn (CC),
Betsy Churchill (NIAD), Dottie Cirelli (CC), Eileen
Conley (CC), Carol Corbie (HRSA). Carol Daniels (CC),
Janine Daub (NCI), Richard Davey (NIAID), Noelle Dickey
(CC), Dinora Dominguez (CC), Deborah Dozier-Hall (CC),
Adrienne Farrar (CC), Rick Ferris (NEI), Suzanne Fillippe
(CC), David Folio (CC), Penny Friedman (CC), Juan
Gea-Banacloche (NCI), Marc Ghany (NIDDK), Charles
Gibbs (CC), Selena Goodlin (CC), Stacey Gordon, (CC),
Jennifer Graf (CC), David Greenberg (NIAID), Sandra
Griffith (NIAID), Geri Hawks (CC), Thomas Hart NIDCR),
David Henderson (CC), Stacey Henning (CC/PHAR), William
Hernandez (CC), Heidi Hiers (CC), Steven Holland (NIAID),
Christopher Howard (CC), Lori A. Hunter (CC), Mandy
Jawara (CC), Antoinette Jones-Wells (CC), Heather
Jones (NHLBI), Sandy Jones (CC), Stephen G. Kaler
(NICHD), Andrew Keel (CC), Virginia Kwitkowski (NCI),
Nyna Konishi (CC), Donna Krasnewich (NHGRI), Nancy
Jenkins (NCI), Lisa Lacasse (CC), Cliff Lane (NIAID),
Laura Lee (CC), Mark Levine (NIDDK), Stewart Levine
(NHLBI), Lisa Marunycz (CC), Leigh Ann Matheny (CC),
Deborah Merke (CC), Melissa Moore (CC), Randall Morris,
Joel Moss (NHLBI), Lynnette Nieman (NICHD), Robert
Nussenblatt (NEI), Thomas Nutman (NIAID), Kevin O'Brien
(NHGRI), Fred Ognibene (CC), Sandra Oquendo (CC),
Susan Orsega (NIAID), Donna Pereira (CC), Nikkia Powell
(CC), Kelly Richards (CC), Deshawn Riddick (CC), Angela
Robinson (NIAD), Douglas Rosing (NHLBI), Susan Rudy
(NIDCD), Christine Salaita (CC), Emmanuel Samedi (CC),
Margaret Sarris (CC/SWD), Tania Schuppius (CC), Brianne
Schwantes (CC), Monica Skarulis (NIDDK), Sandy Seubert
(CC), Beverly Smith (CC), Elaine Smoot (CC), Megan
Sosa (CC), Diane St. Germain (CC), Pamela Stratton
(NICHD), John Tisdale (NIDDK), Ann Tyler (CC), Maria
Turner (NCI), Jack Yanovski (NICHD), Diane Walsh (CC),
Doris Wurah (CC), Joyce Yarington (CC), Barbara Young
(CC), Lois Young (CC).
October 2005 Upcoming Events
7 p.m. Masur Auditorium
Medicine for the Public
Avian Influenza: Preparing for the Pandemic
David Henderson, MD, Deputy Director for Clinical
Care, NIH, CC
October 25 (Tuesday)
7 p.m. Masur Auditorium
Medicine for the Public
Open Wide: Medicine Enters the Mouth
Lawrence A. Tabak, DDS, PhD, Director, NIDCR
October 26 (Wednesday)
Noon–1 p.m. Lipsett Amphitheater
Grand Rounds: Translating Molecular Mechanisms
of Pain into New Treatments
Raymond Dionne, DDS, PhD, Scientific Director, NINR;
Mitchell B. Max, MD, Clinical Pain Research Section,
Division of Intramural Research, NIDCR; Michael
J. Iadarola, PhD, Chief, Neuronal Gene Expression
October 26 (Wednesday)
3 p.m. Masur Auditorium
NIH Director’s Afternoon Lecture
Chemistry in Living Systems: New Tools for Probing
Carolyn R. Bertozzi, PhD, Professor, Departments
of Chemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology, Investigator,
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of California,
November 1 (Tuesday)
7 p.m. Masur Auditorium
Medicine for the Public
Growing Older: Challenges and Opportunities in Aging
Richard J. Hodes, Director, NIA
November 2 (Wednesday)
3 p.m. Masur Auditorium
Astute Clinician Lecture
Inflammation, CRP and Cardiovascular Risk: Is It
Time to Change the Framingham Risk Score?
Paul M. Ridker, MD, Eugene Braunwald Professor of
Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Director, Center
for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, Brigham and
Women’s Hospital, Boston
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