National Cancer Institute NCI Cancer Bulletin: A Trusted Source for Cancer Research News
May 4, 2010 • Volume 7 / Number 9

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NCI-Frederick Hosts Annual Spring Research Festival This Week

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NCI at Frederick and Fort Detrick will host the 14th Annual Spring Research Festival, May 5 and 6, at Fort Detrick in Frederick, MD. Festival events include health education and community services exhibits, poster presentations, and a commercial science and technology exposition.

The festival is a collaborative effort between NCI-Frederick, the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Disease-Weed Science Research Unit, the CDC, the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, the Navy Medical Biological Defense Research Lab, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Integrated Research Facility. The event provides a forum for civilian, military, and contractor scientists employed by these agencies to share information across scientific disciplines and to acquaint those in the NCI-Frederick and Fort Detrick communities with the research, discoveries, and challenges that lie ahead for these agencies.

Tribute to Celebrate Dr. Ruth Kirschstein’s Contributions to Science and NIH

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On May 17, NIH staff and other colleagues will gather to celebrate the life and accomplishments of Dr. Ruth Kirschstein. The day of celebration and science, which begins at 9:00 a.m., will conclude with a poster session and reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. All events will be at the Natcher Conference Center, and the presentations will be webcast.

Over more than 5 decades at NIH, Dr. Kirschstein made stellar contributions to biomedical research, including her early work on the development of a safety test for the polio vaccine and her later efforts to organize the NIH response to the AIDS epidemic. Dr. Kirschstein was the first woman to direct an institute on campus, and she twice served as acting NIH director.

In addition to commemorations on May 17, several recipients of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Award will talk about their research and reflect on the inspirations of their work. The speakers will include Dr. Laurie Boyer of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Howard Chang of Stanford University, Dr. Francis Lee of Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa of the Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Gonzalo Torres of the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Dorothy Sipkins of the University of Chicago, Dr. Anna Penn of Stanford University, Dr. Sara Cherry of the University of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Julie Pfeiffer of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

“Ruth Kirschstein was a pioneer,” said NCI Director Dr. John E. Niederhuber. “She was also an extraordinary leader and a dedicated scientist. Above all, I believe she was the embodiment of one of the principles I hold most dear—that it is an unparalleled honor to devote one’s career to the service of others.”

Second Telephone Workshop for Cancer Survivors on May 18

The second of four telephone workshops in NCI’s annual “Living With, Through, and Beyond Cancer” series will be held May 18 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. EDT. Part II of the series is titled “Communicating with Your Health Care Team After Treatment: Making the Most of Your Visit.”

The free series offers cancer survivors, their families, friends, and health care professionals practical information to help them cope with concerns and issues that arise after treatment ends. The workshops are presented by CancerCare, in collaboration with NCI, LIVESTRONG, the Intercultural Cancer Council, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship.

Speakers for the May 18 workshop include Dr. Neeraj K. Arora of NCI’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, Dr. Sheldon Greenfield of the University of California at Irvine, and Dr. Thomas J. Smith of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Massey Cancer Center.

Part III, “Survivorship and Workplace Transitions,” will take place on June 22. And Part IV, “Survivors Too: Communicating With and Among Family, Friends, and Loved Ones,” will take place on July 13.

These workshops are free; no phone charges apply. To register, visit the CancerCare Web site.

If you missed part I of the series, “Trouble Sleeping? Sleep Better to Feel Better: Tips You Can Use,” a recording is available online via podcast.