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NIMH Special Lecture for Autism Awareness Month

Guest Speaker: Ron Suskind - Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist and New York Times bestselling author of "Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism"

The National Institute of Mental Health is pleased to invite you to attend a special lecture to recognize National Autism Awareness Month. In his talk, Ron Suskind will discuss his family’s 20 years of experimentation with his autistic son’s powerful affinity for animated movies, mostly from Disney, as a tool to open new pathways of communication and social connection. Based on his experience, he poses provocative questions about how the features of autism might be turned from challenges into strengths to help those on the spectrum achieve their full potential. A book signing with the author will be held before the lecture at the FAES bookstore, where copies of Mr. Suskind’s new book are available for purchase.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Ron Suskind has written some of America’s most important works of nonfiction, framing national debates while exploring the complexities of human experience. Mr. Suskind’s latest work, “Life, Animated, A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism”, chronicles his family’s twenty year struggle with their youngest son’s autism. A journey of the heart, he takes readers to the core of the most fundamental human issues: love, faith, friendship, brotherhood, parenthood and how, in moments of darkness, we literally need stories to survive. The book’s powerful stories are prompting a re-examination of how autism is treated, and how “affinities”—in this case Disney movies—may be harnessed to create better outcomes for those with autism. His previous works include the New York Times bestsellers, “Confidence Men” (2011) “The Way of the World” (2008), “The One Percent Doctrine” (2006), “The Price of Loyalty”, and “A Hope in the Unseen”. In addition to his books, he often appears on network television and has been a contributor for The New York Times Magazine and Esquire. Mr. Suskind was the Wall Street Journal’s senior national affairs reporter from 1993 until his departure in 2000, and won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. He currently lives in Cambridge, Mass., with his wife, Cornelia Kennedy, and is the Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics

Air date: 4/24/2014 4:00:00 PM


Trans-NIH Health Disparities Interest Group symposium

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, Division of Intramural Research presents the inaugural seminar of the Trans-NIH Health Disparities Interest Group. The featured presentation: Biological Determinants of Cancer Health Disparities: Fact or Fiction?

Air date: 4/28/2014 2:00:00 PM


BSSR Lecture Series

There is growing recognition of the importance of emotional stress as a potentially modifiable risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Emotional stress potentially contributes to CVD in multiple ways, from influencing CVD risk factors, to affecting the development of atherosclerosis, to triggering acute CVD events, to impairing recovery, prognosis and quality of life of patients who have already developed the disease. Emerging evidence suggests that young individuals, young women in particular, are especially vulnerable to the adverse effects of stress on the cardiovascular system, which may result in earlier onset of CVD or more adverse prognosis if the disease is already manifest. Women’s susceptibility to psychosocial stress could play a role in sex differences in the pathophysiology and outcome of CVD. For example, it could help explain the higher propensity of women toward microvascular dysfunction, which has been linked to emotional stress. It could also explain why young women with an acute myocardial infarction have twice the mortality than men of the same age despite less severe coronary disease. Future research should study women and men earlier in their life to better understand the risk pathways linking emotional stress to CVD risk and devise successful interventions to ameliorate such risk.

Air date: 5/16/2014 2:00:00 PM


Ethics Rounds: NIH Research with Chimpanzees: Implementing the Institute of Medicine Report

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Air date: 4/30/2014 12:00:00 PM


The May 16, 2014, joint meeting of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences Advisory Council and the Cures Acceleration Network (CAN) Review Board will feature presentations by NCATS leadership, the CAN Review Board and invited guests. Presentations will include a Director’s Report, a presentation by the NCATS Advisory Council Working Group on the IOM CTSA Program Report, and proposed CAN initiatives for Fiscal Year 2015. Council subcommittees also will report on 1) patient engagement; 2) partnerships with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and venture capital firms; and 3) medical technologies. In addition, NCATS staff will present a Concept Clearance of proposed initiatives for consideration and approval by Council. For more information, visit: and

Air date: 5/16/2014 8:30:00 AM


National Women's Health Week is a nationwide educational initiative annually observed for one week immediately following Mother's Day, May 12-16, 2014. With the theme, "Take Time for You", women are encouraged to take time out for themselves and make their own health a top priority. The NIH Office of Research on Women's Health National Women's Health Week scientific forum is intended to motivate and inform the broad NIH community on scientific issues relevant to women's health research during this week focused specifically on women's health.

Air date: 5/14/2014 2:00:00 PM


The 190th meeting of the National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council on May 29-30, 2014.

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Air date: 5/29/2014 8:00:00 AM


The current Federal regulations for the protection of human subjects in research were promulgated well before the widespread use of the Internet in the conduct of human subjects research, and assessing how the regulatory requirements apply to this type of research can be challenging for both investigators and IRBs. This session will address how specific requirements of the Federal regulations apply to research using the Internet and discuss strategies for managing the relevant ethical issues and regulatory considerations, including assessing the privacy and identifiability of subject information obtained via the Internet; the use of the Internet for subject recruitment and retention; informed consent procedures; and maintaining confidentiality in an online environment. In light of the July 2011 Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services seeking comment on possible changes to the Common Rule, this session will also discuss the related ANPRM proposals that are being contemplated on the Federal level.

Air date: 5/8/2014 2:00:00 PM


This will be a 3 day 8:30am - 4:00pm training sessions for NIMH Intramural Procurement. This is the first time Procurement Training has been offered - an out of state trainer will come out to our main campus. These sessions will be videotaped for future use for future employees/contractors.

Air date: 5/1/2014 8:30:00 AM


This will be a 3 day 8:30am - 4:00pm training sessions for NIMH Intramural Procurement. This is the first time Procurement Training has been offered - an out of state trainer will come out to our main campus. These sessions will be videotaped for future use for future employees/contractors.

Air date: 5/15/2014 8:30:00 AM

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