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NIH Record
Vol. LVII, No. 10
May 20, 2005
Visiting Daughters, Sons Have 'Fun with DNA' on Take Your Kids to Work Day
Safra Lodge Stirs Passionate Commitment
NIAID Program Builds Diversity
1960s-Era Scientific Instruments on Display
NIH Marks Women's History Month
Real College Students Get Depression Too
NIMH Conducts Outreach Meeting in Nebraska
A 'Family Reunion' at Rocky Mountain Labs
NIH Grant to 'Rocket Boys' Pays Dividends
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Developing 'Happily Ever Afters'
Pediatric Cancer Progress Slow, But Steady
  Dr. Alan Wayne of NCI
For the legion of youngsters clamoring to have designer jeans and other high-priced trendy items, there is also a smaller, no less vocal group pushing on behalf of kids for other expensive, but much more crucial, tailor-made products — designer drugs. It's the growing trend toward individualized medicine — no more evident than in research on childhood cancers — that presents both promise and problems in efforts against the disease, according to scientists at an Apr. 26 NCI/Children's Inn seminar.

"How do we get further?" asked Dr. Alan Wayne, clinical director of the Pediatric Oncology Branch at NCI's Center for Cancer Research. "As with any big complex problem in our complex society, we do it in a multifaceted, collaborative way. More and more it takes collaboration from government, private industry, philanthropic organizations and regulatory bodies like the FDA, as well as altruism, voices in the media and grassroots efforts — basically it takes everybody working together with common goals."

Haase To Discuss AIDS Virus in Hill Memorial Lecture, May 26
HIV reputedly causes a chronic infection that can fester for years before it manifests itself in the form of AIDS-related symptoms. But according to Dr. Ashley T. Haase — a leading investigator in the pathogenesis of HIV and other slow-progressing retroviruses called lentiviruses — this perception belies an intensely fast-paced series of events that take place during the first few weeks following transmission. These events — including a brief window during which the virus is at its most vulnerable — will be the focus of his discussion as he gives the NIAID James C. Hill Memorial Lecture on Thursday, May 26, at 2 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. The lecture is titled "The Critically Important Fast Phase of the Slow Infections Caused by Immunodeficiency Viruses."