Real-Time Captioning Support for NIH Symposium on Lymphatics

Kathy Bates - NIH

In recent years, NCC has had the opportunity to provide Language & Text Solutions and Multimedia Production for speeches and lectures given by an influential spiritual leader, the founder of the world’s largest software business, and a Golden Globe winner, among others.

Earlier this fall, we had the privilege to provide real-time captioning for an Oscar winner.  More specifically, we captioned NIH’s Symposium on Lymphatics on September 29th and 30th, which was kicked off by Academy Award winner Kathy Bates, who is the national spokesman for LE&RN (Lymphatic Education & Research Network).

Lymphedema is swelling that typically occurs in the arms and/or legs due to removal of or damage to the lymph nodes during cancer treatment.  In 2014, Ms. Bates announced that she has lymphedema in both arms due to a double mastectomy.  She, along with dozens of experts in the field, spoke to attendees at the NIAID Conference Center over the course of the two-day event.

Our skilled captioner provided verbatim real-time captioning for the duration of the symposium, which was streamed on NIH’s VideoCast website.  The archived versions of Day 1 and Day 2 can be viewed at any time on the VideoCast site.

Our support of the Symposium on Lymphatics follows a plethora of real-time captioning support for high-profile speakers and events at NIH including the NIMH Director’s Innovation Speaker Series with Alan Alda and Roger Rosenblatt earlier this year; the Dalai Lama’s lecture in 2014; and Nina Pham’s (the nurse who treated the first person in the U.S. with Ebola).  Apart from our captioning services, we provided complete webcasting support for Bill Gates’ lecture at NIH in 2013.

We were honored to provide captioning for an important event like the NIH Symposium on Lymphatics, continually making communication and collaboration happen® for this esteemed organization as it advances critical research and treatment for lymphedema.