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NIH Record  
Vol. LX, No. 25
December 12, 2008
New Hope for Treatment of Addiction
Email Prompts NEI Director to Examine Patient Abroad
Varmus To Speak on U.S. Commitment to Global Health
Ex-Athlete Gault Warns of Heart Disease Dangers
Ostrander’s Mider Lecture Tells Tales of Dog DNA
Grady Participates in GU Panel on Systems Medicine
A Successful ‘NightinGala’ for NINR
Sex and Gender in the Urinary Tract Examined at ORWH Seminar
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Time Off Good for Behavior
Retreat Refreshes Behavioral, Social Sciences
  OBSSR acting director Dr. Christine Bachrach opens recent retreat.
  OBSSR acting director Dr. Christine Bachrach opens recent retreat.

Dr. Christine Bachrach, acting director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, wanted just one thing out of the first-ever day-long retreat for NIH’s widely dispersed community of behavioral and social scientists, held Nov. 12 at Natcher Bldg.

“We have a gold mine of behavioral and social science research talent at NIH, but we are scattered and very busy. We need strong connecting networks to find out who has what kind of expertise, and what the opportunities are,” she said. “I hope the retreat empowers and connects the field. I hope attendees find collaborations and conversations they need to do their jobs effectively. This is a time of great opportunity and challenge. Behavior is a critical issue in diseases that drive up health care costs and kill people.”

Collaboration, Capacity Building
NIH Funds Clinical Research in Tanzania

A wheelbarrow used for an ambulance. Dusty, rut-ridden roads that make seeing a doctor a rare event reserved for the seriously ill. Patients with limbs suspended by strings for skeletal traction to treat bones broken in car accidents. They lay several to a cot in rooms with more than a dozen beds.

These are a few scenes from Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC), a hospital in the small town of Moshi in northern Tanzania near the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro. KCMC, together with Duke University Medical Center and Kiwakkuki, a community organization fighting HIV/AIDS, receives NIH funding to conduct clinical research on HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases.