No touch required for sanitizer dose
The NIH Office of Research Fa- cilities has installed more than 70 wall-mounted or free-standing, automated hand-sanitizer dispens- ers around the Clinical Center as part of a campus-wide initiative in response to an influx in communi- cable disease, namely H1N1 flu. The machines filled with alcohol-based sanitizer are at elevator lobbies, CC entrances, cafeterias, and other public areas. Do not move the free- standing dispensers, as ORF must know where they are to refill the product and replace the batteries. To report a problem with a machine or request a refill, contact the ORF help line at 301-435-8000.
Participants sought for clinical trials
Immune response Researchers in study 09-DK-0055 will give healthy volunteers 18 years or older short-term treatment of sitagliptin to determine if and how sitagliptin alters immune function. All study-related tests are provided at no cost. Compensation is provided. To apply to participate, call 1-866-444-2214 (TTY: 1-866-411-1010).
Sleep deprivation and obesity Researchers in study 06-DK-0036 are looking for obese adults ages 18 to 50 who sleep less than six hours a night to examine the relation of sleep to body weight, to the amount of body fat and to the level of hormones that control appetite. Medical history and a physi- cal examination are provided at no cost. Compensation is provided. For more information, call 1-866-444-2214 (TTY: 1-866-411-1010).
Pain in the neck If you are a healthy individual older than 21 years experiencing neck pain for three months or less, you may be eligible to participate in a neck pain study and receive a comprehensive cervical mus- culoskeltal examination. This is not a treatment study. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-451-7514.
4 Clinical Center news August 2009
Dietetic trainees swallow a spoonful of success
The NIH Dietetic Internship Program through the Clinical Center Nutrition Department graduated three at a ceremony on July 10. LCDR Merel Kozlosky, program director, ac- knowledged (sitting from left) Sara Hauck, Kelly Verdin, and Kimberly Wong for com- pleting the “rigorous and renowned program” and thanked the “significant groups in their journey:” preceptors, family, and nutrition staff. In attendance were dietitians (from left): CAPT Nancy Sebring; Marnie Dobbin; Kozlosky; LCDR Jennifer Graf; CAPT Madeline Michael, chief of Clinical Nutrition Services; Kristy Suhr; Beth Moylan; Kirsten Zambell; LT Rachael Drabot; and Jennifer Widger, chief of the Food Service Section.
Pharmacy deputy chief receives Award of Excellence
At the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA) Fifth Annual Confer- ence in Miami in June, Dr. Barry Goldspiel, deputy chief of the Clinical Center Phar- macy Department, received the 2009 HOPA Award of Excellence. The association’s highest honor, the award recognizes a HOPA member who has made a significant, sustained contribu- tion to or provided excellent leadership in improving or sup- porting hematology/ oncology pharmacy. Goldspiel was cited as “a recognized leader in oncology pharmacy who has created the opportunities for the profession to grow to meet the evolving needs of patient care.”
At right, HOPA 2008-2009 President Cindy O’Bryant pre- sented Goldspiel with the 2009 Award of Excellence plaque.