July 19, 2002

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S. K. Dey, Ph.D.

Learn proper way to lose weight July 23

The Dayani Center and Health Plus are offering 18-week weight management workshops for adults. Two workshops are offered: Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., starting July 23; and Thursdays, 12-1 p.m., starting August 22.

The cost is $285 for full-time Vanderbilt employees, $400 for others. The fee includes 18 workshop meetings, a personal training session, a digital pedometer (step counter), and access to the Dayani Center’s exercise facility and classes.

Full-time Vanderbilt employees who successfully complete this program may qualify for an $85 reimbursement from Health Plus.

The workshops are designed for adults with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or less. A BMI calculator is available at www.cdc.gov/ncc-dphp/dnpa/bmi/calc-bmi.htm. People with BMIs more than 40 can contact the Outpatient Nutrition Clinic or the physician-directed medical/surgical programs offered at the Center for Human Nutrition.

For more information, e-mail Colin Armstrong at colin.armstrong@vanderbilt.edu.

Parkinson’s research funding available

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research is accepting investigator-initiated grant applications from researchers interested in investigating the role of protein degradation or “handling” in the process of nigrostriatal degeneration that underlies Parkinson’s disease.

Application deadline is Sept. 9. For more information, visit http://www.michaeljfox.org/research/protein_list.html.

Strauss, Kennedy Center honored

The John F. Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development and Dr. Arnold Strauss, director of Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, received awards at the National Down Syndrome Conference from the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee (DSAMT) in appreciation for outstanding contribution and commitment to lives of individuals with Down syndrome.

The event was held July 7 at the Opryland Hotel and Convention Center. Elise McMillian accepted the award for the Kennedy Center.

Structural biology funding available

The Center for Structural Biology is accepting applications for graduate student and postdoctoral fellowships to develop projects that use structural and biophysical approaches to address biological problems and to advance projects to the stage that demonstrates feasibility of structural analysis by NMR and/or X-ray crystallography.

Funding will be awarded for a one-year period to support projects from individual investigators or collaborative teams. Competitive renewal for a second year is possible.

Full access to equipment and instrumentation within the Center is granted. Funding is open to all Vanderbilt faculty. Applicants selected for further review will be asked to submit a three-page proposal due on Aug. 1. Funds will be made available no later than Sept. 1. Applications should be submitted to the Center for Structural Biology (PRB 896). Contact Dr. Laura Mizoue (6-2253), l.mizoue@vanderbilt.edu.