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October 26, 2004 • Volume 1 / Number 41 E-Mail This Document  |  Download PDF  |  Bulletin Archive/Search  |  Subscribe

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NCI Sponsors Symposium on TV Portrayal of Cancer Research
On Nov. 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., NCI will sponsor a symposium describing how NCI has worked over the past 13 months through the Hollywood, Health & Society (HH&S) program to help TV writers and producers portray cancer research more accurately. The event will be held at the Natcher Conference Center on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md., and feature in-depth panel presentations and discussions about NCI's outreach initiative to the entertainment industry. Funded by NCI and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HH&S is a program at the Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg School for Communication that provides entertainment industry professionals with accurate and timely information for health storylines. The symposium will focus on recent efforts, outcomes, and plans for the future, and what attendees can do to help NCI get proactive messages and ideas placed in entertainment programming.

Obesity and Cancer Discussed with Latin American Journalists
Last week in Panama City, Panama, the NIH Fogarty International Center (FIC) and the Washington, D.C.-based International Center for Journalists sponsored a training event titled, "Public Health and Medical Reporting: A Workshop for Latin American Journalists." Twenty-five health reporters from Central and South America participated in scientific lectures and sessions on reporting on HIV/AIDS, obesity and cancer, mental health, and environmental health.

NCI's Dr. Rachel Ballard-Barbash discussed the epidemiologic basis of associations between energy balance and cancer, and described surveillance and prevalence of obesity and cancer in Latin America. Dr. Nomeli Nunez discussed the biological basis of energy balance and how mouse models are informing obesity and cancer research. Science writing was taught by journalists from the U.S. and Latin America, and by Kelly Blake of NCI and Robert Logan of the National Library of Medicine.

Dr. Susan Gottesman Receives Inaugural Alan Rabson Award
Dr. Susan Gottesman of CCR's Laboratory of Molecular Biology is the first recipient of the newly created Alan Rabson Award for NCI Intramural Cancer Research. The award was initiated in recognition of Dr. Rabson's dedication and enthusiasm for NCI and its intramural program during his 50-year tenure at NCI. The award recipient was selected by Dr. Rabson with assistance from the Intramural Advisory Board. Dr. Gottesman will present the first Rabson Award Lecture at the NCI Combined Intramural Retreat on Jan. 12-13, 2005. She will receive the award following her lecture.

Dr. Elise Kohn Honored as Clinical Teacher of Merit
Dr. Elise Kohn of CCR's Laboratory of Pathology, a top finalist for the 2004 Distinguished Clinical Teacher's Award, has been honored as a Clinical Teacher of Merit for her efforts in training fellows at NIH. The NIH Distinguished Clinical Teacher's Award is the highest honor bestowed collectively on an NIH senior clinician, staff clinician, or tenure-track/tenured clinical investigator by the NIH clinical fellows.