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Clinical Center News

Published monthly for CC employees by Clinical Center Communications

September 1997

CC's back door on front burner

MFP lectures begin

Eckelman honored

First CC Roundtable to air

Flu shot schedule

CC Nursing Dept. hosts colleagues

Chipchin dies

Presidential visitors

From the director

News briefs

Drawing depicts a side elevation of the proposed south entry to the Clinical Center. The view is looking west, from outside the B1-level cafeteria. Construction is slated to begin in mid-September.

Clinical Center's back door on front burner

Mid-month, construction of a new south entry to the Clinical Center (CC) is slated to begin directly behind Masur Auditorium. The new structure will serve as the CC's main entrance for the next four to five years while the Clinical Research Center (CRC) is being built on the north side of the building.

During the 6 months of construction, however, the CC's back door must be closed and foot traffic redirected. At a Town Meeting Aug. 20 in Masur Auditorium, project architect Margie DeBolt and project officer Don Sebastian reviewed what we can expect in the coming months:

The existing south entrance will be locked sometime this month.

Back-door foot traffic will be redirected through the B1-level cafeteria doors or the door at the west end of the North Corridor on the first floor, just before you get to Transfusion Medicine (see map ).

The door by the NMR facility at the B1 level will be inaccessible by later this fall due to various construction projects affecting that area.

A new road will be built through part of parking lot 10H; expect about 100 fewer parking spaces there during this phase, although the net loss is predicted to be only 20 spaces at project's end.

The NIH Library and Masur Auditorium will remain open as usual.

Locations of emergency exits in the area are likely to change during construction. Any relocations will be clearly marked, so be sure to check for signs during your visits to the library and auditorium. Also, about 50 seats will be removed from the auditorium to meet fire codes as a result of fire-exit changes.

Planners stated that construction will take place during normal working hours, but that every effort will be made to minimize disruption during scheduled events.

When the dust settles, there will be a sloping driveway leading up to a spacious, three-lane, covered drop-off area. The drive will continue down the hill, carry on through parking lot 10H, and loop back onto Service Road West. Inside, the new lobby will have a reception area, security desk, and hallways along either side of Masur Auditorium leading into the main part of the building. Stairs from the new lobby to the B1-level cafeteria are also planned.

Concurrent with this project will be the rerouting of Center Drive at the north side (front) of the building. The new road will be finished before the existing one is closed. These two projects pave the way for the CRC groundbreaking and herald the start of the many improvements to our building known collectively as the Clinical Center Renewal Project.

Questions and concerns regarding the south entry can be directed to Don Sebastian, project officer, at 496-8102, ext. 15.



Medicine for the Public lectures begin Sept. 23

The ever-popular Medicine for the Public lecture series, sponsored by the Clinical Center, kicks off its 21st season on Sept. 23. The lectures, which are free and open to the public, are held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays in Masur Auditorium.

The series features physician-scientists working at the forefront of medical research at the National Institutes of Health. Lectures aim to help laypeople understand the latest developments in medicine-new therapies, diagnostic procedures, and research.

As part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), three of this season's MFP lectures will focus on NHLBI-related research advances.

Here's what's on tap:

Sept. 23, Multiple Sclerosis: A New Understanding

Dr. Henry F. McFarland, chief of the Neuroimmunology Branch of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, will go over factors influencing multiple sclerosis and the signs and symptoms of the disease. He'll lay out the diagnostic tests available, who is most vulnerable, treatments, and recent research findings.

Oct. 7, Vision and Aging

Today, there are more than 32 million Americans age 65 or older, and this number is growing. With aging, however, comes an increased risk of eye problems that can seriously affect the lifestyle and independence of the older individual. Dr. Robert Nussenblatt, scientific director of the National Eye Institute, will outline the four major eye disorders that can affect vision later in life. These are glaucoma, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy.

Oct. 14, Genetics of Lung Disease: Insights into Asthma, Emphysema, and Cystic Fibrosis

About 12 million Americans have asthma. Nearly 2 million suffer from emphysema. About 1,000 new cases of cystic fibrosis-the most common fatal genetic disease in the United States-are diagnosed each year. By identifying the genes associated with these serious lung diseases, researchers can pinpoint susceptibility and, ultimately, develop new treatments and cures. Dr. Joel Moss, chief of the Pulmonary-Critical Care Medicine Branch, NHLBI, will talk about recent advances in these areas.

Oct. 21, Hormones and Heart Disease After Menopause

Heart disease is a leading killer of women over 60, yet until recently, it was considered a man's disease. Dr. Richard Cannon, deputy chief for clinical services in the Cardiology Branch of NHLBI, will address the roles hormones play in heart disease and what lifestyle factors are involved in maintaining a healthy heart. He will also discuss the dark side of hormone replacement therapy as well as current research efforts.

Oct. 28, New Perspectives for Bone Marrow Transplants

Dr. John Barrett, chief of the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit of NHLBI, will explain what bone marrow transplants are, how they cure diseases, and what lies on the horizon for this life-saving treatment.

There is no lecture on Sept. 30. For additional information on specific topics or speakers, call



 Eckelman's contributions recognized by peers
Dr. William C. Eckelman

Dr. William C. Eckelman, chief of the Clinical Center's Positron Emission Tomography Department, received the Georg Charles de Hevesy Nuclear Medicine Pioneer Award at the recent annual meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine, held in San Antonio, Texas.

The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of nuclear medicine, and is named after the man considered to be the "Father of Nuclear Medicine."

For a nuclear medicine procedure, a patient is injected with a radiopharmaceutical that has been "labeled" with a radioactive isotope that decays quickly in the body. The radiopharmaceutical travels through the bloodstream to the organ of interest. The pattern of radioactivity is detected by scanners, providing a wealth of information about the biochemistry and physiology of the target organ.

A commonly used tracer is technetium-99m (99mTc). One of Dr. Eckelman's many contributions was to help invent an "instant kit" to manufacture 99mTc safely and quickly. This process soon became standard and rapidly increased the clinical use of nuclear medicine, according to the nomination letter submitted by Dr. Ronald D. Neumann, chief of the Nuclear Medicine Department.

Dr. Eckelman's group is currently developing 18F- and 11C-labeled receptor ligands and working on new techniques for labeling proteins.


 If it's fall, it's flu-shot time

"But summer isn't even over yet!" True, but still it's not too early to mark your calendars for your annual flu shot. The Occupational Medical Service (OMS), located in building 10, room 6C306, provides the shots free of charge to NIH employees. Clinical Center employees are encouraged to get an annual flu shot to help keep themselves and our patients from getting influenza. This year's schedule for all employees appears at right.

For the convenience of patient-care staff, OMS will visit CC nursing units to administer the shots. The preliminary schedule for those visits is at left.

Watch for schedule updates in the next issue of CCNews.

Unit Visit Schedule

 Date Unit Time
 Oct. 6 12W 7 am
   2J 8 am
   9W 3 pm
   10W 4 pm
 Oct. 8 7E 7 am
   7E 3 pm
   10W 8 am
   8W 9 am
   6W 3:30-4 pm
   9W 4 pm
 Oct. 10 4W 3 pm
More slots may be added. Check the October issue of CCNews for updates.

General Schedule

 First letter, last name Date  am pm
 NOPQ Oct. 15 7:30-11 1-3
 RS Oct. 16  7:30-11  1-2
 TUV Oct. 21  7:30-11  1-3
 WXYZ Nov. 23  7:30-11  1-2
 AB Nov. 28  7:30-11  1-3
 CD Oct. 30  7:30-11  1-2
 EF Nov. 4  7:30-11  1-3
 GH Nov. 6  7:30-11  1-2
 IJK Nov. 12  7:30-11  1-3
 LM Nov. 13  7:30-11  1-2
 Open Nov. 20  7:30-11  1-2
 Open Nov. 21  7:30-11  1-3
Evening clinics will be held Oct. 16-Nov. 20, Mondays and Thursdays, 4:40- 8 p.m.


First Clinical Center Roundtable to air Sept. 23

New Strategies for the Diagnosis and Management of Kidney Cancer: Recent Advances in Molecular Genetics

Recent advances in our understanding of the genes that cause kidney cancer have led to exciting new strategies for diagnosis and management of patients with this disease and have made it a model for our understanding of other forms of cancer.

On Sept. 23, a distinguished panel of NIH experts will discuss these advances in depth in the first Clinical Center Roundtable, which will be broadcast live over the GE TiP-TV Healthcare Network and CenterNet-the Academic Health Center Network. Interested parties can view the broadcast in Masur Auditorium from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Dr. John I. Gallin, CC director, will moderate, and the panelists are Dr. W. Marston Linehan, Chief, Urologic Oncology Branch, Division of Clinical Sciences, NCI; Dr. Berton Zbar, Chief, Laboratory of Immuno-biology, Division of Basic Sciences, NCI; and Dr. Peter Choyke, Chief, Uroradiology Section, Diagnostic Radiology Department, CC.



CC Nursing Department co-hosts colleagues

This summer, the Clinical Center Nursing Department and the National Institute of Nursing Research co-sponsored the second annual "Research Training: Developing Nurse Scientists" program. The 3-day course brought 50 nurse scientists to the Natcher Conference Center, where they got practical information to help them advance their careers. Topics included research priorities of various NIH institutes, focusing and packaging a good funding idea, pitfalls in statistical analysis, and research ethics and scientific integrity. The program was recognized by the NIH Director's Award for demonstrating collaboration across NIH institutes and centers and across the intramural and extramural communities. On the right is Leslie Cooper, Ph.D., R.N., nurse epidemiologist for the National Institute of Drug Abuse, who coordinated a breakout session on culturally appropriate interventions. At left is attendee Rosemarie D. Satyshur, D.N.Sc., R.N., from the Prince George's Hospital Center.


Long-time CC employee dies

Nelson Chipchin

 Nelson "Chip" Chipchin, a volunteer at the Clinical Center since 1977, died earlier this summer.

Chipchin, who was born in Russia, was a Russian language interpreter for patients. He also escorted patients to various clinics.

Chipchin began his volunteer experience shortly after his retirement from the State Department. He graduated from New York University, served during World War II, and became an intelligence officer for the Army. He spent several years with the Voice of America and in 1952 transferred to the Russian Desk in Munich. He was a foreign service officer for the United States Information Agency. He was assigned to Munich and Nuremberg in 1973 and retired in 1976 from his position as an escort officer for visitors from his native country.

Chipchin received many awards while a volunteer at the Clinical Center, and had given over 10,000 hours of service by the time he retired from volunteering earlier this year. (by Andrea Rander)


Presidential Classroom Scholars

Presidential visitors

Charlie Carter (far left) and Dr. Joseph Gallelli (far right) showed the Clinical Center's new cell processing laboratory to a group of Presidential Classroom Scholars, who visited this summer. Presidential Classroom is a civic education program that brings high schoolers to Washington to see the federal government in action. Students are in the top 25 percent of their class academically, and our visitors had a special interest in science and technology. They spent an afternoon learning about the challenges of biomedical research after hearing talks by NIH historian Dr. Victoria Harden, Dr. Christine Grady, acting director of the CC's Department of Clinical Bioethics, and James Alexander, acting director of the Office of Education. The visit was hosted by the Visitor Information Center. index

From the director

by Dr. John I. Gallin, CC director

Good governance of the Clinical Center depends on three things-external oversight, impartial operational management, and the strong involvement of the institutes that carry out their intramural clinical research programs here.

Our existing management team and the CC Board of Governors serve as the first two pillars in this tri-fold foundation of management. A new Clinical Center Advisory Council, established this summer by NIH director Dr. Harold Varmus, is designed to provide the third.

Through the council, institute directors will have a mechanism for input into CC management and operations decisions that affect intramural clinical research programs. The council offers me as CC director an avenue for exploring options and ideas with NIH leaders who depend on the Clinical Center as an important, unique resource in those research programs.

Directors of the five institutes that carry out the largest programs of clinical research at the Clinical Center are permanent council members. They are the directors of NCI, NIAID, NHLBI, NIMH, and NINDS. The council also includes three rotating members, with NIA, NIDDK, and NIDR in the initial lineup.

Dr. Steven Hyman, NIMH director, and Dr. Edison Liu, director of the NCI division of clinical sciences, have been named council co-chairs. As CC director, I am the group's coordinator. Dr. Michael Gottesman, NIH deputy director for intramural research, is the council's liaison to Dr. Varmus, and Dr. Ruth Kirschstein, NIH deputy director, serves as an advisor.

Reviewing plans and designs for the new Clinical Research Center tops the council's agenda. Through this group, the institutes will be engaged in the design of the Clinical Research Center and in developing a governance structure for the individual patient-care units in the new facility.

The Clinical Center has entered a period of unparalleled growth. The plans and programs we are responsible for today will have far-reaching influence on our ability to effectively support clinical research for decades to come. The council will provide a welcome and valuable resource.


News briefs

JCAHO's coming

 Mark your calenders for Oct. 28, 29, and 30. That's when the Clinical Center will be visited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, or JCAHO. They were last here in 1994, awarding the Clinical Center high marks and a three-year accreditation.

Washingtonian features CC

The Clinical Center is featured in an article in the September issue of Washingtonian magazine, on newsstands now. Author Larry Van Dyne spent several months interviewing patients and staff and has written a comprehensive overview of the CC, its mission, and how it is central to the NIH picture. He also spotlights stories of several patients who have found real hope and help here, including a patient of CC director Dr. John I. Gallin.

Early-out deadline extended

Clinical Center employees considering early retirement now have until Dec. 1, 1997, to submit their requests to Thomas Reed, Director, OHRM/CC. Employees must be off the CC rolls by Dec. 31. Eligibility and ground rules for early outs are unchanged. For more information, call 496-6219.

Public-speaking class

Getting Up to Speak will cover basic skills, tips on using visual aids, and advice on managing "stage fright." The class is on Sept. 18, 8:30 a.m.­ 4:30 p.m., at 6100 Executive Blvd., first floor, conference room 1. Call the education and training section at 496-1618 for details on this class and others coming this fall.

Martial arts class

For a free class introducing the Chinese martial arts, come to the NIH Fitness Center (building 31, B4 level) at 1 p.m. on Sept. 8 or 10. Wear comfortable clothing. Sponsored by the R&W Chinese Martial Arts Club. For more information, call 703-759-9869.

Spanish menus

The Nutrition Department has begun to offer some of its menus in Spanish. Interested? Call Alberta Bourn at 496-4981.

Slogans wanted

Get creative and think up some great slogans for next year's official NIH National Fire Prevention Week poster. Send your entries by Sept. 30 to the fire prevention section, building 15G, room 2, or fax them to 402-2059. The winner will be selected during next month's festivities. For complete contest rules, call 496-0487.

Abstracts for NMR anniversary celebration

The In Vivo NMR Research Center will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Oct. 7, in conjunction with the NIH Research Festival. The program at the Mary W. Lasker Center (the Cloister) will feature lectures on in vivo NMR spectroscopy and functional neuroimaging by Drs. Jeffry R. Alger (UCLA), Chrit T. W. Moonen (University of Bordeaux), and Robert Turner (University of London), all of whom worked previously as investigators in the NMR Center.

Activities will begin at 12:30 p.m. with short talks commemorating the founding and development of the Center, followed by the three lectures. A poster session (including refreshments) is scheduled from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Posters related to in vivo NMR are solicited. Abstracts (about 250 words) should be sent by Sept. 12 to

Dr. Joseph A. Frank by e-mail ( or as hard copy (building 10, room B1N256).

Since its inception in 1987 with financial support from all ICDs with intramural programs on the NIH campus, the Center has provided state-of-the-art facilities for carrying out in vivo NMR research with both humans and animals. The Center's building has been expanded to accommodate independent ICD NMR research programs, and significant further expansions are planned.

For more information, contact Daryl J. DesPres at 496-8141, or by e-mail,


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