NIMHD Quarterly News: Summer 2017

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Director's Message

Dr Eliseo Perez Stable

NIMHD continually strives to be a leader in expanding the diversity of the biomedical workforce in all disciplines. As such, we are enhancing opportunities for early career investigators and increasing options for investigator-initiated research.


The chance to participate in rigorous, mentored research is often a huge determinant in choosing a scientific career. Therefore, several of our research programs include those opportunities, allowing us to support both established investigators and scientists early in their careers.


I am proud to announce that three postdoctoral fellows within the NIH Intramural Research Program have been selected to receive the inaugural William G. Coleman, Jr., Ph.D., Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Innovation Award from NIMHD. This competitive award seeks to support innovative research ideas and concepts with potential for high impact in minority health and health disparities research. Award recipients will receive $15,000 each for supplies and services to be used in fiscal year 2017.


Also, we recently celebrated the graduation of Dr. Jean Nepo Utumatwishima, who is the first person to complete a one-year fellowship for Rwandan physicians that is jointly sponsored by NIMHD and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. He plans to use what he has learned to contribute to the development of improved clinical care and research in his home country of Rwanda.

Recent Features

NIMHD Presents at the Inaugural Howard University Health Disparities Research Summit


“There are a host of health disparities that affect people in this country, and if we are not intent on finding solutions, then who will?” began Dr. Anthony K. Wutoh, provost and chief academic officer of Howard University, as the inaugural Health Disparities Research Summit opened on Friday, April 7, 2017. | Read more.

Company Tests Mobile Health for Tuberculosis Treatment


The day after emocha® Mobile Health, Inc., launched in 2013, CEO Sebastian Seiguer (pronounced SAY-ger) heard about a 3-year-old tuberculosis (TB) patient being treated at a Baltimore clinic. Maryland requires healthcare providers to watch patients take every dose of their medication for active TB treatment, an approach known as directly observed therapy (DOT). | Read more.

Working with Communities to Improve Health Through Place-Based Interventions


Improving health is not always a matter of prescribing the right medicine. Sometimes the environment needs to change. Many Americans live in neighborhoods that lack safe walking routes, grocery stores, and health facilities. | Read more.

Research Spotlight

NIMHD Division of Intramural Research, Social and Behavioral Group

Research Spotlight

Kelvin Choi, Ph.D., M.P.H., a tenure-track investigator and acting head of the Social and Behavioral Group in the Division of Intramural Research, oversees an intramural team of scholars that includes two post-doctoral fellows: Sherine El-Touky, Ph.D., and Melanie Sabado, Ph.D. Dr. Choi also supervises the work of four post-baccalaureate fellows: Mary Andrews, Launick Saint-Fort, Catherine Trad, and Michael Ramsey.

Research Nurse Bambi Jewett recently joined the staff. The team primarily focuses on the research of tobacco use.

Improving Drug Therapies a Single Cell at a Time Using Single Cell ICP-MS


In a recent webinar, Lauren Amable, Ph.D., a staff scientist at NIMHD, and Chady Stephan, Ph.D., a product manager for customer solutions at PerkinElmer, Inc., discussed how the use of single cell ICP-MS is enabling researchers to see how effectively a cancer drug is performing for each and every cell in a tumor. 

Read highlights from the webinar Q&A

New at NIHMD

#MinorityMH Chat Discussion on Addressing the Mental Health of Adults in Minority Groups at the Community Level


On July 12, we hosted a Twitter chat with Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration on addressing minority mental health at the community level. Check out the full discussion on Storify. 

NIMHD Worklife Committee Encourages Off-Campus Hike at NIH's 10th Annual "Take a Hike Day"


On Thursday, June 8, 21 NIMHD staff joined #TakeAHikeNIH to celebrate fitness and walk for a healthier life. In its 10th year, Take a Hike Day is the NIH’s largest fitness and wellness event. How much exercise is enough? The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans advises 150 minutes of regular, moderate physical activity or 70 minutes of vigorous activity weekly.

National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NACMHD)


On Tuesday, June 6, the NACHMD held its 45th meeting. Speakers included Dr. Anna M. Nápoles (University of California, San Francisco), Dr. Joshua A. Gordon (National Institute of Mental Health), Dr. Lisa A. Cooper (Johns Hopkins University), and Dr. Lawrence A. Tabak (National Institutes of Health). 

NIMHD Extends Hospitality at the NIH Children's Inn


NIMHD staff supported the NIH Children's Inn by preparing and serving brunch to 30 residents on Sunday, May 7. 

The Children's Inn at NIH is a residence dedicated to families whose children are participating in research studies at NIH. The Inn hosts families from all over the world, without the burden of cost. 

Since the Inn opened, nearly 13,000 seriously ill children and their families have made 60,000 visits.

On the Blog

Minorities and Mental Health: Moving Beyond Stigma

By Courtney Ferrell Aklin, Ph.D., and Marcia M. Gómez, Ph.D.  | Mental illness is one of the most prevalent health problems in the United States and one of the most taxing on the healthcare system.  |  Read more.

Improving the Health Status of African American Males

By Wayne T. Harris, Ph.D. | While the health status of all groups in the United States has improved over the past century, significant gaps remain between the health status of African Americans and other minority groups and that of the general population. | Read more.

Contradicting the Myth of the Model Minority Through a Population Health Equity Approach

By Chau Trinh-Shevrin, Dr.P.H. | Asian Americans do not need an apple a day to keep the doctor away. Research suggests that doctors are less likely to follow evidence-based guidelines and meet standards of care with their Asian American patients compared with other racial groups in preventing and managing chronic conditions. Asian Americans, however, face just as many health challenges, including an increasing rate of diabetes and certain cancers. | Read more.

Stroke Ready: Partnering to Increase Acute Stroke Treatment Rates in Flint, Michigan

By Lesli Skolarus, M.D., M.S. | May is Stroke Awareness Month, and we would like to share some information about stroke and our research with you. Each year, about 800,000 people in the United States have a stroke. Disability is the greatest challenge facing survivors and their families. About two thirds of stroke survivors are left with a disability. | Read more.

Funding Opportunities and Notices

  • Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genomics Research Project Grant Program (R01)
  • Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genomics Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program (R21)
  • Multidisciplinary Studies of HIV/AIDS and Aging (R01)
  • Multidisciplinary Studies of HIV/AIDS and Aging (R21)
  • PHS 2017-02 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH for Small Business Technology Transfer Grant Applications (R41/R42)
  • PHS 2017-02 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH, CDC & FDA for Small Business Innovation Research Grant Applications (R43/R44)
  • Addressing Suicide Research Gaps: Understanding Mortality Outcomes (R01)
  • Mechanisms of Disparities in Chronic Liver Diseases and Cancer (R01)
  • Mechanisms of Disparities in Chronic Liver Diseases and Cancer (R21)
  • Mechanisms and Consequences of Sleep Disparities in the U.S. (R01)
  • Mechanisms and Consequences of Sleep Disparities in the U.S. (R21)
  • Advancing the Science of Geriatric Palliative Care (R01)
  • Advancing the Science of Geriatric Palliative Care (R21)

    Learn more about NIMHD funding opportunities.

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