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August 2009

Clinical Center

In this issue: USPHS promotions Recycling guidelines Dietetic Internship Program graduation

ARRA supports new generation of clinical researchers

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) is helping support the next generation of clinician-scientists by funding six Clinical Center summer Intramural Research Training Awards. The training program provides opportunities

Hilda Tejero is working as a summer student in the Department of Transfusion Medicine for the second year, looking at the transmission of hepatitis C.

for students to work side-by-side with CC staff in an environment devoted exclusively to translational research.

The act allocates $21 million over two years for educational opportunities in NIH-funded laboratories for students and science educators with the goal of creating more jobs, supporting economic development, and accelerating the pace and achievement of scientific research. The money will also encourage students to pursue clinical research-related career fields.

The six CC summer students worked in the Department of Transfusion Medi- cine; the Rehabilitation Medicine Depart-

ment; the Department of Laboratory Medicine; and the Office of Communica- tions, Patient Recruitment, and Public

Liaison. “This additional support from ARRA provided the Clinical Center with an wonderful opportunity to offer the

rich research environment in these Clini- cal Center departments to six excellent students,” said Dr. Frederick Ognibene, director of the Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education.

Hilda Tejero, a second-year medi- cal student at The George Washington

University, planned to continue the work she began last summer in the Department

of Transfusion Medicine without payment, but was then awarded American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding. “I almost came back to the Clinical Center as a volunteer,” she said. “I love working here; I think some people don’t realize how amazing this institution is.”

She worked with Dr. Harvey Alter, clinical studies chief of the DTM Infectious Diseases and Immunogenetics Section, and Dr. Cathy Cantilena, DTM staff clinician, on their protocol studying the risk of sexual transmission of hepatitis C infection from chronic carriers to their sexual partners. Tejero responded to Institutional Review Board stipulations, recruited patients who participated in previous protocols to contact their long-term sexual partners, and administered questionnaires to sexual partners of prior patients regarding risk factors and sexual practices.

Tejero also worked with Dr. Susan Leitman, chief of the DTM’s Blood Ser- vices Section on a protocol to determine whether oral ingestion of high levels of probiotic supplements causes an increase in the amount of antibody to certain blood types.

Tejero split her time between the two projects and is grateful for the opportunity

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Registration opens for next year of the CC’s global course IPPCR

The NIH Clinical Center is the nation’s largest hospital devoted entirely to clinical research—medical research that involves people. What is behind such practice—the epidemiologic methods, the ethical and legal issues, and the regulations on human subjects research?

The CC course Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research aims to educate on the infrastructure required to perform clinical research and on the steps involved in devel- oping and funding research studies.

Registration for the 2009-2010 Introduction to the Prin- ciples and Practice of Clinical Research course is now open. Of interest to physicians and other health professionals planning a career in clinical research, this year’s session will run from October 19 through March 9.

Classes will be held on the NIH campus on Monday and Tuesday evenings from 5:00 pm to approximately 6:30 pm. There is no charge for the course; however, the textbook Principles and Practice of Clinical Research, Second Edition

is suggested as supplemental information for the course. A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the course, which is based on a final examination.

A course in biostatistics, such as STAT 200 or STAT 500, of- fered by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Scienc- es may provide supplemental benefit to those enrolled in the Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research.

More than 950 students registered for last year’s course, which was also video broadcast to 18 domestic and interna- tional locations and Web-based at three locations. In addition, the course was taught live to over 740 students at two loca- tions in China: Beijing and Chengdu. For additional information or to register, visit the course Web site at http://www.cc.nih. gov/training/training/ippcr/application.html or call the CC Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education at 301-496-9425. The deadline to register is October 9. An e-mail confirmation will be sent to those accepted into the program.

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