In Brief

Patapoutian Wins Damon Runyon Scholar Award
The Scripps Research Institute's (TSRI) Assistant Professor Ardem Patapoutian was one of five Damon Runyon Scholars selected this year. According to the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation's web site, the award "was established to support the development of outstanding scientists as independent investigators in the cancer field by helping foster their research productivity during the first few years of their first faculty position."

The Patapoutian laboratory furthers the molecular description of sensory neuron development and function. The research focuses on the neurons of the dorsal root ganglia. These somatic sensory neurons sense the thermal, chemical, and mechanical stimuli that impart the characteristics of touch.

"Fast Breaking" Paper from the Janda Lab

According to the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) Essential Science Indicators Indicators, October's "fast breaking" paper in chemistry was published by TSRI scientists. The paper, "Polymer-supported catalysis in synthetic organic chemistry," was authored by B. Clapham, T. S. Reger, and K.D. Janda and published in the journal Tetrahedron on May 28, 2001. According to the web site, fast breaking papers have "the largest percentage increase in citations in their respective fields from one bimonthly update to the next... [representing] very recent scientific contributions that are just beginning to attract the attention of the scientific community."

Workshop: "Writing Your First NIH Grant"

A workshop "Writing Your First NIH Grant: Administration, Science, and the Review Process," will be held on Thursday, October 24, from 1 to 4 PM, in the Keck Amphitheater, Beckman Building. The event, which is sponsored by the Society of Fellows and the Human Resources Department will cover:

  • Part I: Administration of Grants, with speakers including Betty Chastain, Roberta Gottlieb, Fred Heaton, Don Mosier, Luc Teyton, and Curtis Wilson.

  • Part II: Writing Grants, Review Process, with speakers including Michael McHeyzer-Williams, David Nemazee, and Luc Teyton.

  • Part III: Panel Discussion, with speakers including David Nemazee, Michael McHeyzer-Williams, Hugh Rosen, and Sandy Schmidt.

For more information, contact Luc Teyton,

Lunch and Learn: "Virtual Reality and Internet Therapy for Anxiety Disorders"

Brenda Wiederhold, Ph.D., M.B.A., B.C.I.A., executive director of The Virtual Reality Medical Center, will present "Virtual Reality and Internet Therapy for Anxiety Disorders" on Wednesday, October 16, from noon to 1 PM in the W.M. Keck Amphitheater of The Beckman Center for Chemical Sciences. Topics will include:

Virtual reality therapy and physiological monitoring for specific phobias; Internet therapy for social phobia and panic with agoraphobia; Future directions for augmented reality therapy. No registration is necessary. For more information, contact Jan Hill, x4-2950.

National Depression Screening Day

Thursday, October 10 is National Depression Screening Day. This day is held each year during Mental Illness Awareness Week to call attention to the illnesses of depression, manic-depression, and anxiety on a national level, to educate the public about their symptoms and effective treatments, to offer individuals the opportunity to be screened for the disorders, and to connect those in need of treatment to the mental health care system. The following website has more information including screening sites:

Confidential assistance is also available from TSRI's Employee and Graduate Student Counseling Department. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Jan Hill, L.C.S.W., at x4-2950 or Jeff Jones, Ph.D., at x4-2063. For TSRI employees and their family members, 24-hour emergency psychiatric service is available through United Behavioral Health at 1 (800) 888-2998.

Free Flu Shots for TSRI Employees

TSRI will be offering free flu vaccinations to TSRI employees, research associates, and graduate students on Wednesday, October 16 from 9AM to 4PM. The clinic will be administered by HealthFax in the Administrative Building, 3301 North Torrey Pines Court, on the P1 level. Please bring a form of identification with you. A printable version of the map and directions are available on the Human Resources web site: For more information please leave a message at x4-2176.

TB Screenings, Hepatitis B Immunizations, and Serum Draws

On Monday, October 14, Wednesday, October 16, and Friday, October 18, personnel from Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group will be on-site to conduct TB screenings, Hepatitis B immunizations, and serum draws. The clinics will be conducted at the Administrative Offices (3301 North Torrey Pines Court) on the P1 level from 11 AM to 2 PM on Monday and Friday. The clinic on Wednesday will held in the P2 level conference room. No appointments are necessary. TB screening requires a 48 to 72 hour follow-up. Individuals receiving the TB screen on Monday will need to return on Wednesday; individuals screened on Wednesday, will need to return on Friday. Initiation of the TB screening process will not be available on Friday, but Hepatitis B immunization and serum draws will be. To learn more about these programs, see the Environmental Health & Safety Occupational Medicine web page which includes a map and patient information sheets.