Third Annual Stetten Symposium – History in the NIH

Third Annual Stetten Symposium – History in the NIH


The Office of History, National Institutes of Health, is pleased to announce « History in the NIH », The Third Annual Stetten Symposium,

to be held 14 June 2011, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. Wilson Hall, Building 1, National Institutes of Health.

Further information:

The Office of History, National Institutes of Health (NIH) exists to advance historical understanding of the NIH and of biomedical research supported by the NIH. One of the ways in which it achieves this goal is through the DeWitt Stetten Fellowship in the History of the Biomedical Sciences and Technology or Medicine. This fellowship program aims to bring post-doctoral scholars from leading universities across the globe to the NIH campus to study the history of research sponsored by NIH since 1945. The results will be published in scholarly journals and books.

This meeting is a ‘progress report’ by the eight current Stetten fellows: an opportunity for the fellows to present their work to colleagues at the NIH, and for scientists and physicians at the NIH to respond to and debate with these fellows. Their subjects include Federal responses to obesity; the NIH and the problems of homelessness; the problem of anticipation in hereditary disease; nanotechnology and cancer; complementary and alternative medicine at the NIH; the history of biological conceptions of mental illness; and the role of the NIH in promoting AIDS research in Africa.

8:00-8:30 Coffee


8.30 -8:45 Robert Martensen
Director, Office of History, National Institutes of Health

Session 1

8:45-9:35 Speaker, Chin Jou
Obesity and the Federal Government in the 1970s and 1980s

Commentator: Anne Sumner
Clinical Endocrinology Branch, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

9:35-10:25 Speaker, Judith Friedman
Science Fiction to Science Fact: The Biological Validation of Anticipation

Commentator: Kenneth H. Fischbeck
NIH Distinguished Investigator, Neurogenetics Branch, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

10:25-10:40 Coffee

Session 2

10:40-11:30 Speaker, Johanna Crane
Globalizing HIV Science: AIDS, Africa, and the Internationalization of American HIV Research

Commentator, David M. Morens
Senior Advisor to the Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

11:30-12:20 Speaker, Brian Casey
Searching for the Biological Roots of Mental Illness: Stories from the National Institute of Mental Health

Commentator, Maryland Pao
Clinical Director, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

12.20-1.20 Lunch

Session 3

1:20-2:10 Speaker, Marian Moser Jones
Taking It to The Streets: The Federal Research Response to the 1980’s Homeless Crisis

Commentator, Stephen J. Heishman
Senior Investigator, Chief, Nicotine Psychopharmacology Section, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

2:10-3.00 Speaker, Sharon Ku
Laboratory in Translation: A Sociological Analysis of the Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory

Commentator, Martin Fritts
Senior Principal Scientist, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)-Frederick, Inc. / National Cancer Institute (NCI) at Frederick

3:00-3:15 Coffee

Session 4

3:15-4:05 Speaker, Grischa Metlay
NIAAA, NIDA and the Prevention of Alcohol and Drug Problems, 1978-1992

Commentator, Ralph W. Hingson
Director, Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

4:05-4:50 Speaker, Eric Boyle
Contested Science and the Recent History of Alternative Medicine

Commentator, Karin Lohman
Director, Office of Policy, Planning, and Evaluation, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

5.00 End

Sign Language Interpreters will be provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this symposium should contact Sejal Patel, Office of History, 301-451-9431 and/or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).

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