📺 NIH: Discovery Channel’s Documentary Series ‘First In Human’

Unprecedented Access Inside the National Institutes of Health’s Building 10
Premieres August 10

Directed by Emmy® Winner John Hoffman; Produced by McGee Media

Near the nation’s capital, on the campus of the National Institutes of Health, sits Building 10: the largest hospital in the world devoted solely to research. Inside, our country’s most brilliant scientific minds carry out some of medicine’s riskiest and most critical research, testing new treatments in people for the very first time.

With unprecedented access to the halls of Building 10, First in Human reveals for the first time how the medical breakthroughs of tomorrow make their way out of the hi-tech research laboratories and into the hands of our world’s medical professionals. The series explores the lives of the doctors, researchers, and patients who together make progress possible in this cutting-edge testing ground. Narrated by Emmy,® Golden Globe®, and Critics Choice® winning actor Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory,” “Hidden Figures,”) directed by Emmy winner John Hoffman, and executive produced by Hoffman and Emmy winner Dyllan McGee, the three-part documentary series begins airing in August 10 at 9pm ET/PT exclusively on Discovery.

Because the treatments they’re testing are so new and their outcomes are entirely unknown, the doctors leading first in human trials at Building 10 can only partner with patients who have exhausted the options the medical establishment has to offer. This doctor-patient partnership is utterly unique to medicine: live or die, each of these brave “first in human” volunteers immediately becomes part of medical history. Previous trials in the building led to the development of modern chemotherapy treatments, the first treatments for HIV/AIDS, and the first successful gene therapy.

First In Human represents the first time cameras have embedded in Building 10 and followed first in human patients throughout their entire trial. This unique access is the product of Hoffman’s nearly twenty years of filmmaking in partnership with the NIH on projects such as The Alzheimer’s Project and The Weight of the Nation.

“NIH’s Building 10 has given generations hope when they need it most,” comments Rich Ross, Group President, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Science Channel, and Velocity.  “We are proud that the NIH has invited Discovery inside their doors for an unvarnished look at how these brave men and women work hand in hand with their doctors and technologists to seek cures to the most confounding diseases that exist.”

“Because of the very nature of first in human trials, most of the patients who enter Building 10 to enroll in them are remarkably unique: all standard care out in the world has failed them,” says Hoffman. “What was most powerful about embedding in Building 10 and following these trials was observing how the doctors and patients came to rely on each other in a true partnership to advance medicine.”

States Parsons, “I know that everyone who watches First in Human will feel the same sense of pride I did when I discovered this incredible institution that our country created. I hope viewers will share the sense of gratitude and awe that I felt when learning about the human beings who bravely put their lives in the hands of some of our most innovative scientists and doctors as they search together for the medicines and cures that give all of us fuller, longer lives. This is truly the story of how we, as human beings, function: both at an elemental level and at our most profound.”

“The NIH Clinical Center’s more than 60-year history has resulted in remarkable medical advances, from the first use of chemotherapy to treat cancer, to the development of the technique to keep the blood supply clean and safe from viruses,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. “For millions of patients around the world, it is known as the National Institutes of Hope.”

From leukemia to sickle cell disease to the rarest diseases on the planet, First in Human captures the stories of the doctors, researchers, staff, and, most importantly, the patients and families in this remarkable facility that together are pushing far into the unknown.

FIRST IN HUMAN is produced by McGee Media for Discovery Channel.  The series is directed by John Hoffman; produced by, John Hoffman, Beth Wichterich, and Michael Epstein; narrated by, Jim Parsons; executive producers Dyllan McGee, Jim Parsons, Todd Spiewak, and Eric Norsoph; producer, Jon Bardin; supervising producer, Stacia Thompson; senior editor, Adriana Pacheco; director of photography, Simon Schneider.  For Discovery Channel, supervising producer, Jon Bardin; executive producer, John Hoffman.

 

From https://corporate.discovery.com/discovery-newsroom/jim-parsons-set-to-narrate-discovery-channels-documentary-series-first-in-human-the-trials-of-building-10/

📅 Conference on Adrenal Insufficiency

Save the Dates!!  March 23-25, 2018 

Conference on Adrenal Insufficiency

Kansas City, MO

We’re thrilled to announce the date for AIU’s first stand alone conference for Adrenal Insufficiency. We have some incredible speakers lined up and hope you’ll come join us. A list of speakers will be included with registration information in September/October.

Conference Details

Here’s what you need to know:

  • There will be sessions to address the needs of affected adults and children
  • Registration will include snacks at an evening reception held Friday night, lunches on Saturday & Sunday, and all sessions.
  • Dates:  March 23 @1:00 p.m – March 25 @ 1:00 p.m. 2018
  • The conference will be held at the Embassy Suites Kansas City Airport Hotel. They offer a free shuttle, in room refrigerators and hot breakfast. On site child care available for an additional fee

Be sure to watch for more details on our website and join our FB event.

Registration will open in September/October once our program is complete. *Please wait until registration opens to book your room. We’ll have several reserved at a discount rate. 

  • AIU will be actively seeking sponsors and fundraising in order to make the conference affordable. Please join our FB event or contact@aiunited.org if you would like to help.

📅 Don’t forget! Webinar with Dr. Friedman, TODAY, July 16, 2017

Join Dr. Theodore Friedman for an informative webinar on the endocrine causes of hair loss in women. Dr. Friedman will discuss what hormones to measure if a woman is experiencing hair loss. He will discuss how to optimize hormone replacement to minimize or reverse hair loss. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 5:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time, 8:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time

Meeting number (access code): 808 128 401

Meeting password: hormones

join the meeting here.

Join by phone Audio connection:

+1-855-797-9485 US Toll free

+1-415-655-0002 US Toll

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Access code: 808 128 401

You can join on a website (that will allow you to hear the presentation and view the slides) or by telephone (that will allow you only to hear the presentation). There will be time for questions by “chat” and the video conference will be posted on goodhormonehealth.com a few days after.

You will be required to mute your phones/computers. Please contact us at mail@goodhormonehealth.com if you have questions.

Dr. Friedman has been our guest four times on BlogTalkRadio.  Listen to one of his past interviews here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cushingshelp/2012/04/03/dr-theodore-friedman-returns-for-his-fourth-interview

📅 Webinar: Coping With the Ups and Downs of Pituitary Disorders

Presented by

Linda M. Rio, M.A., MFT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email with details about joining the webinar.

Contact us at webinar@pituitary.org with any questions or suggestions.

DATE:  July 17, 2017
TIME:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time/1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

 

Webinar Learning Objectives:

By attending this webinar participants will:

  1. Be able to identify at least 3 mental health symptoms that are common to those diagnosed with a pituitary disorder.
  2. Understand basics of “trauma” and its potential role in the etiology of some pituitary disorders.
  3. Know how the medical/physiological aspects of pituitary tumors and other pituitary disorders can interact and affect the mental health of patients.
  4. Recognize the potential impact on the family for those with a member with a pituitary disorder.
  5. Learn some positive coping skills for both pituitary patients and their family members.

Presenter Bio:

Linda has been a Marriage & Family Therapist (MFT) for over thirty years. She is also the editor/author of The Hormone Factor in Mental Health: Bridging the Mind-body Gap (2014), which includes contributions from some of the world’s top experts in endocrinology, medical family therapy, nutrition, patient advocacy as well as real accounts from patients and their family members. Linda was on the editorial team for Pituitary Disorders Diagnosis and Management (2013), and co-author with her daughter, Tara, of a book about eating disorders. She has authored dozens of articles for professionals as well as the general public on a variety of topics, appeared on radio and T.V. Linda and her husband, Lou, just celebrated their 48th anniversary. They have two children and 3 granddaughters who are now in college.

📅 Webinar with Dr. Friedman July 16, 2017

Join Dr. Theodore Friedman for an informative webinar on the endocrine causes of hair loss in women. Dr. Friedman will discuss what hormones to measure if a woman is experiencing hair loss. He will discuss how to optimize hormone replacement to minimize or reverse hair loss. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 5:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time, 8:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time

Meeting number (access code): 808 128 401

Meeting password: hormones

join the meeting here.

Join by phone Audio connection:

+1-855-797-9485 US Toll free

+1-415-655-0002 US Toll

Global call-in numbers
Show toll-free dialing restrictions

Access code: 808 128 401

You can join on a website (that will allow you to hear the presentation and view the slides) or by telephone (that will allow you only to hear the presentation). There will be time for questions by “chat” and the video conference will be posted on goodhormonehealth.com a few days after.

You will be required to mute your phones/computers. Please contact us at mail@goodhormonehealth.com if you have questions.

Dr. Friedman has been our guest four times on BlogTalkRadio.  Listen to one of his past interviews here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cushingshelp/2012/04/03/dr-theodore-friedman-returns-for-his-fourth-interview

Webinar: Make Sense of Your Dollars

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 10:00am PST.

A rare disease diagnosis is something that no one can plan or prepare for and it can often lead to financial burdens, but with the right guidance in financial planning, you can overcome these budgeting obstacles. Listen in to hear professionals in finance guide you through money management and budget preparation.

If you are unable to attend the live webinar, still register so you can receive a link to the recorded content.

Don’t forget, to access this webinar use the password: “Rare” with a capital “R”.

Panelists:
 Lori Leathers, Advisor, 1847 Financial

As an advisor with 1847Financial, Lori supports the goals of individuals and families through life insurance, fixed annuities, disability, and long-­‐term care insurance. Before working in this industry, Lori as a pharmaceutical sales representative for Merck&Co., but experienced a life-­‐changing event when she became the mother of a son diagnosed with Fragile X Syndrome. Lori made a significant career change to help other families navigate through the special needs planning process, and to help them secure the future they envisioned for themselves and their loved ones. Her mission is to help as many families as possible achieve their goals by ensuring all financial, legal, and government benefit resources effectively combine to work to their advantage.

Lori is involved in many efforts within the special needs community, including advocacy, participation in clinical research, co-­‐leader and member of parent support groups, and a parent mentor of Parent to Parent USA. Lori is also a member of Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD), and Parent and Founder of the Special Needs Resource Network.

Lori received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Bucknell University and her Master of Science degree in Ecology from Pennsylvania State University. She also obtained a Master of Science degree in Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.

 

 Pat Bergmaier, CFP, ChSNC, Chartered Special Needs Consultant, 1847 Financial

Pat is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and has a passion for working with families. His knowledge and expertise allows him to develop comprehensive and holistic financial plans for his clients that provide the framework for making financial decisions that will help achieve their lifetime and legacy planning goals.

Pat is also a Chartered Special Needs Consultant (ChSNC).This designation has provided Pat with the knowledge to address the unique circumstances and requirements of planning for individuals with special needs a core focus of his practice. Pat received his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Albright College in Reading, PA and holds his FINRA Series 7, 66, 63 & 6 Securities Licenses. Pat began his career in the financial services industry in 2005 after a successful baseball career at Albright where he was awarded Conference Player of the Year during his senior season.

Prior to joining 1847Financial, Pat partnered with the MetLife Center for Special Needs Planning where his passion for working with the special needs community began. He is a board member of the Timothy School in Berwyn, PA which is devoted exclusively to teaching students with autism. He is involved with supporting many special needs organizations such as Ascend–the Asperger and Autism Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, Autism Cares Foundation, Down Syndrome Interest Groups, and PLAN of PA.

 

  Tony Ferrandino, Founder, Drew’s Hope & Senior Financial Advisor, Merill Lynch

Tony Ferrandino founded Drew’s Hope in 2007 with his wife, Katie, when their son Drew was diagnosed with Batten disease. Drew’s Hope is a non-profit foundation which is focused on raising funds for Batten disease research. As a parent of a child with a rare disease, Tony has used his personal experience to fuel his passion for advocacy. In September of 2014, Drew passed away from late infantile Batten disease. Tony serves on the Board of Directors for the Batten Disease Support and Research Association (BDSRA) and works closely with the Scientific Advisory Board to determine appropriate research funding. He received a Portrait of Courage Award in 2015 from the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) for his continued efforts to raise funds for research. Tony is a Senior Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch with over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry and he has focused on helping families with special needs children prepare financially for life’s transitions.

Moderator:
Danny_LevineDaniel Levine, Founder & Principal, Levine Media Group

Daniel Levine is an award-winning business journalist who has reported on the life sciences, economic development, and business policy issues throughout his 25-year career. Since 2011, he has served as the lead editor and writer of Burrill Media’s acclaimed annual book on the biotech industry and hosts The Burrill Report’s weekly podcast. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Industry Standard, TheStreet.com, and other national publications.

Register Now for Johns Hopkins Pituitary Day!

The 9th annual Pituitary Day will take place on October 14, 2017. Patients living with pituitary disorders can hear lectures from our pituitary specialists, see movies of pituitary surgeries and hear from other patients about their experience living with pituitary disease and undergoing surgery.

Attendance is free, and patients can bring one guest.
Call 410-955-3921 or reserve your spot by email at pituitaryday@jmhi.edu

Download this year’s preliminary agenda here