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Events and Announcements
OBSSR Welcomes New Deputy Director Dr. Christine Hunter
OBSSR is pleased to welcome Christine Hunter, Ph.D., ABPP, as its new Deputy Director. Dr. Hunter previously served as the Director of Behavioral Research at the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) at the NIH, and is a Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service. For more than a decade at NIDDK, Christine built a strong and vibrant behavioral science research community studying diabetes and obesity. Among her accomplishments at NIDDK, she led the revision of the NIH Obesity Research Strategic Plan, developed and led the NIDDK Centers for Diabetes Translation Research, and expanded the relevance and impact of the behavioral and social sciences at NIDDK by expanding scientific staff and leading numerous funding opportunity announcements.
NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Festival
SAVE THE DATE: December 8, 2017 — NIH Campus, Natcher Conference Center (Bldg. 45). The Annual NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Festival will be hosted by OBSSR and the NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Coordinating Committee. The purpose of the festival is to highlight recently funded behavioral and social sciences research that the NIH supports; bring together behavioral and social scientists within the NIH extramural and intramural communities to network with each other and share scientific ideas; and explore ways to advance behavioral and social sciences research.
Updated Information, Tools, and Resources Regarding the Definition of a Clinical Trial
NIH is currently in the process of implementing several polices to improve its stewardship of clinical trials, an effort which was announced in September 2016. NIH’s definition of a clinical trial was revised in 2014 in anticipation of these stewardship reforms to ensure the definition was clear and responsive. Over the next several months, NIH will be providing updated information, tools, and resources to the community as guidance about the definition of a clinical trial. The aim of this guidance is to help researchers understand their responsibilities under NIH’s broader clinical trial stewardship efforts and to ensure consistency in identification and management of clinical trials across the agency.
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Discovery Documentary First in Human
First in Human is a three-part documentary capturing the real-life experiences of doctors, researchers, staff, patients and their caregivers, at the NIH Clinical Center. The documentary airs on three sequential Thursday evenings on August 10, 17, and 24, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery. For over a year, Discovery, in collaboration with John Hoffman, was embedded in the NIH Clinical Center to capture the challenges faced in diagnosing and treating diseases. Narrated by Jim Parsons the three-episode series showcases the innovative work that takes place within the NIH Clinical Center and provides an in-depth look at the reality of experimental medicine in clinical trials.
Director's Series Webinar on Social Intelligence Intervention
On Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 2 pm ET, Frank Infurna, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University, will present on "Does Resilience to Childhood Adversity Improve with Social Intelligence Training?" The goal of this seminar is to showcase findings from the social intelligence intervention, which is focused on improving social relationship quality and mental and physical health in adulthood and old age, with an emphasis on those who experienced childhood adversity. An overview will be provided of the research study, preliminary analyses that motivated the social intelligence intervention, and the research methods behind the study and data collection.
Nutritional Interventions to Promote Healthy Aging Workshop
The National Institute on Aging Office of Nutrition cordially invites you to attend a workshop on needs and opportunities for research relating to human nutritional interventions on September 5-6, 2017 at Lister Hill Auditorium, National Library of Medicine (Bldg. 38A). The 2-day workshop will explore research needs relating to possible clinical trials of different nutritional interventions that have been shown, or proposed to influence, mechanistic pathways and/or biological mediators affecting aging processes. The workshop will discuss potential follow-up studies of caloric restriction trials and will further explore other types of nutritional regimens which may influence human health span. It will also consider clinical translational research opportunities based on different types of dietary interventions demonstrated to affect health and life span in model organisms.
NIH Pathways to Prevention Workshop Report
The NIH Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) has just released the Federal Partners Meeting Report for the Pathways to Prevention (P2P) Workshop: Total Worker Health®—What's Work Got to Do With It? This report is the culmination of a two-year effort by the NIH to evaluate the current state of knowledge on integrated approaches to worker safety, health, and well-being, and to assist in identifying future research needs.
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Registration Open for 2017 D&I Conference
Registration for the 10th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health is now open. The conference will be held December 4-6, 2017 in Arlington, VA.