NIAMS Update November 2009

NIAMS - National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
Update - An online resource for the NIAMS Coalition, Council, and Colleague
November 19, 2009
The NIAMS Update is a monthly digest published for those interested in the latest scientific news and resources on diseases of the bones, joints, muscles, and skin. We encourage further dissemination of this resource.
In This Issue
   Funding Announcements
Contact Information

Office of Communications and Public Liaison

Janet S. Austin, Ph.D.

Melanie M. Martinez, M.P.A.
Public Liaison Officer

Trish Reynolds, R.N., M.S.
Media Liaison

Stephen I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D.

Dear Colleagues:

We are seeking your comments on the current version of the NIAMS Fiscal Year (FY) 2010-2014 Long-Range Research Plan. This plan will serve as a broad scientific outline for NIAMS by identifying compelling research opportunities and needs that will inform our priority-setting process, while enabling the Institute to adapt to the rapidly changing biomedical and behavioral science landscapes. Over time, it will help propel research progress related to the understanding, diagnosis, treatment and, ultimately, prevention of arthritis, musculoskeletal and skin diseases.

We welcome your comments on any or all sections of this draft plan. It was developed with extensive input from many of you, the extramural community, as well as from NIAMS scientific staff. We also acknowledge that it is not comprehensive and that it was not possible to address all research areas.

The plan will be posted on the NIAMS Web site by early December 2009 and available for public comment for 30 days. In advance, I thank you for your contribution to this important document, which will serve the research and health mission of NIAMS.


Stephen I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D.
NIAMS Director


NIH Awards $27 Million in Recovery Act Funds To Enhance Scientist and Resource Networking
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced awards that will harness the power of social networking to help scientists and students throughout the country accelerate biomedical research. The same principles and technology that enable teenagers to instantly share updates and pictures with their friends also can help researchers connect, collaborate and share resources on scientific advances better and faster. All software developed in this project will be freely available to biomedical institutions in the nonprofit sector.

Scientists Explore Ways To Predict Exercise Outcomes in People With Knee OA
Researchers funded by NIAMS have gained new insights into the value of select measurements of muscle performance in people with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. Their findings shed further light on the ability of such factors to predict the therapeutic effects of exercise in people with the disease.

Trans-NIH AI/AN Work Group Web Pages Launched on NIAMS Web Site
Formed in late 2005, the Trans-NIH American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Work Group provides a forum for health education and communications staff from NIH Institutes and Centers to share strategies and effective communication approaches to develop and disseminate health information for AI/AN communities.

NIAMS Partners With CBS Cares and the Producers of HAIR on Osteoporosis Prevention Initiative
NIAMS is partnering with CBS Cares and the producers of the Tony-award-winning Broadway show HAIR on an osteoporosis initiative. Three public service announcements (PSAs) featuring HAIR cast members have been developed and are being aired on CBS stations throughout the country. The PSAs direct viewers to the CBS Cares Web site, where NIH is listed as the leading resource for research and information on osteoporosis. Visitors will also find an essay by Joan A. McGowan, Ph.D., Director of the Division of Musculoskeletal Diseases, NIAMS Extramural Program. The CBS Cares site links to the NIAMS Web site for additional information.

Statement To the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Science and Space About “The Case for Space: Examining the Value”—October 21, 2009
NIAMS Director Stephen I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D., recently represented NIH at the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Science and Space regarding “The Case for Space: Examining the Value.” Dr. Katz’s testimony focused on opportunities where access to the International Space Station National Laboratory facilitates research for scientists who are committed to improving the health of people on Earth.

NIAMS Announces Dr. Moen as New DERA Director
NIAMS is pleased to announce Dr. Laura Moen as the Director of the Division of Extramural Research Activities (DERA), NIAMS. As the DERA Director, Dr. Moen will oversee the Scientific Review Branch, Grants Management Branch and clinical research coordinators, as well as perform key scientific management functions, including serving as the Executive Secretary for the NIAMS Advisory Council.

NIH Announces First National Research Study Recruitment Registry
Individuals who want to participate in research studies now can connect online with researchers nationwide through the first disease-neutral, volunteer recruitment registry. offers an easy-to-use, free and safe way for volunteers to connect with thousands of researchers who are conducting research on a wide range of diseases. The site is a collaborative effort of the national network of medical research institutions affiliated with the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs). The CTSA program, which is led by NIH’s National Center for Research Resources, is focused on enhancing local and national efforts to enhance the translation of laboratory discoveries into treatments for patients.

Meetings and Events

NIH Wants To Hear From You!
Tell NIH how you find and use health information by responding to the questions on the Consumer Health Information Web site.

Your responses will help NIH understand what health topics interest you so that we can prepare more effective health information and get it to the people who need it.

The questions—called the Consumer Health Information Request for Information (RFI)—can be completed online in English or downloaded from the Web site in Spanish.

The RFI was developed through a partnership between NIH’s Office of Communications and Public Liaison and the NIH Director’s Council of Public Representatives.

Save the Date: NIAMS Advisory Council Meeting
The next NIAMS Advisory Council Meeting will be held on February 2, 2010, in Building 31, 6th floor, C Wing, Conference Room 6, NIH Campus.

NIH Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series
NIH’s Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series (WALS) offers weekly lectures every Wednesday at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Building 10, NIH Campus. Renowned scientists from around the globe present research on a variety of topics. The lectures are Continuing Medical Education-certified lectures, open to the public and available live via Webcast.

Upcoming lectures:

Dr. Tobias Meyer
“Shotgun siRNA Perturbation to Dissect Growth Factor Triggered Proliferation and Migration Signaling Systems”
December 2, 2009

Dr. Juan Bonaficino
“Sorting It All Out: Signal-mediated Protein Trafficking in the Endosomal-Lysosomal System”
December 3, 2009

Dr. Gerard Karsenty
“The Novel Physiology of Bone”
December 9, 2009

Dr. Rebecca Richards-Kortum
“From Cell Phones to Cell Biology: High Tech, Low Cost Solutions for Global Health”
December 16, 2009

NIH Research Matters: Virus Linked to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Scientists have detected the DNA of a retrovirus in the blood of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome. The discovery raises the possibility that the virus may be a contributing factor in chronic fatigue syndrome.

NIH Public Bulletin
Read about the latest public events, activities and health information resources from NIH in the latest issue of the NIH Public Bulletin.

NIH News in Health
Read practical health information in NIH News in Health, which is reviewed by NIH’s medical experts and is based on research conducted either by NIH’s own scientists or by our grantees at universities and medical schools around the country.

New Publications

¿Qué son la artritis y otras enfermedades reumáticas? (What Are Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Diseases?)
A new Esenciales publication is available from NIAMS. Esenciales is a series of easy-to-read fact sheets in Spanish that describe different diseases of the bones, joints, muscles and skin, along with the diseases’ causes and treatment options. The fact sheets also provide information on current research. Find this new fact sheet, along with more Esenciales titles and other Spanish-language materials, on the NIAMS Web site.

Revised Publications

Handout on Health: Rheumatoid Arthritis
This booklet contains general information about rheumatoid arthritis. It describes what rheumatoid arthritis is, who gets it, and diagnosis and treatment options. The booklet contains a table listing drugs used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and also a list of key words. Highlights of current research are also included.

Funding Announcements
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Clarification of Eligibility as Primary Applicant for the RFA-OD-09-010

NIH Roadmap Initiative Announcements

Roadmap Transformative Research Projects Program (R01)
Letters of Intent Receipt Date: December 22, 2009
Application Receipt Date: January 22, 2010

NIAMS Research Announcements

Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats (CounterACT) Exploratory/Developmental Projects in Translational Research (R21)
Letters of Intent Receipt Dates: January 4, 2010; January 4, 2011; January 4, 2012
Application Receipt Dates: February 1, 2010; February 1, 2011; February 1, 2012

Other Research Announcements

Mechanisms, Models, Measurement and Management in Pain Research (R01)
Letters of Intent Receipt Dates: Not applicable
Application Receipt Dates: Standard dates apply

Mechanisms, Models, Measurement and Management in Pain Research (R21)
Letters of Intent Receipt Dates: Not applicable
Application Receipt Dates: Standard dates apply

If you would like to review information about funding opportunities more frequently than our monthly updates allow, see the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, the primary source for information about NIH funding opportunities. You can also request a weekly Table of Contents from the NIH Guide.