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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) campuses host a variety of events that inform, challenge, and unite the biomedical research community. IRP investigators lead or participate in many of these events, and they regularly present their work at scientific conferences at the NIH and around the world. We invite you to learn about (and possibly join us in) some of our upcoming events:

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (reception to follow)

Masur Auditorium, NIH Clinical Center (Bldg 10)

Leslie Vosshall, Ph.D., HHMI Investigator and the Robin Chemers Neustein Professor in the Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Behavior at The Rockefeller University, will present "The Neurogenetics of Innate Behaviors" next in the Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series (WALS).

about the speaker:  The overall goal of work in the Vosshall laboratory is to understand how complex behaviors are modulated by external chemosensory cues and internal physiological states. Working with Drosophila melanogaster flies, mosquitoes and human subjects, Vosshall’s research has yielded new knowledge about how odor stimuli are processed and perceived.  Vosshall’s lab takes a multidisciplinary approach spanning cell biology, genetics, neurobiology and behavior. The early focus of the lab has been to study how the brain interprets olfactory signals in the environment that signal food, danger or potential mating partners. The group has been studying these problems in three model organisms: the fly, the mosquito and the human. The majority of the early work in the laboratory was carried out in the genetically tractable vinegar fly, Drosophila melanogaster, which displays a rich repertoire of chemosensory behaviors despite having a nervous system with only 100,000 neurons. In this animal, the Vosshall lab studied the functional neuroanatomy of the olfactory system, how this system perceives sex pheromones and the structure and function of the insect odorant receptors.

Come join your colleagues, DDIR Michael Gottesman and NIH Director Francis Collins at these top-notch lectures, even if you think they are outside of your area of interest.  The next next WALS is October 1, the Annual Florence Mahoney Lecture with Eric Schadt, Mt. Sinai Hospital.  The 2014–2015 schedule is posted at

Monday, September 22, 2014 to Wednesday, September 24, 2014

NIH Clinical Center (Bldg 10)

Please join us for the 28th annual NIH Research Festival. From the opening plenary session to poster sessions, special exhibits on resources for intramural research, concurrent symposia, the NIH green labs fair, and more, come explore many of the exciting aspects of what's happening in the NIH IRP.

Beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, the opening plenary session will have a variety of presentations this year:

  • Welcome: Exceptional opportunities in biomedical research - Dr. Francis Collins, Director, NIH
  • FARE award winners recognition - Drs. Lori Conlan, Hien Dang, and Sudhir Rai
  • "Optogenetic approaches to understanding substance use disorders" - Dr. Antonello Bonci, Scientific Director, NIDA
  • "Focal Hand Dystonia: A failure of just one highly skilled movement" - Dr. Mark Hallett, Senior Investigator, NINDS

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Late Registration until September 30

The Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) Graduate School offers more than 120 undergraduate- and graduate-level courses, most of which are held in the evenings on the main NIH Bethesda campus. Courses are credit-bearing and are in such fields as biochemistry, bioinformatics, biology, chemistry, epidemiology, genetics, immunology, mathematics, medicine, microbiology, pharmacology, public health, statistics, technology transfer, toxicology, MCAT Review, GRE, English as a Second Language, boot camp for university teaching, and more. FAES also offers advanced studies in public health and in technology transfer. Courses are open to the NIH community, other federal employees, and the general public. Tuition: $150-$450 per course. For class schedules, registration, and other details, visit, or e-mail, or call 301-496-7976. The FAES office is located in Building 10, Room 1N241 (close to Masur Auditorium).

Thursday, October 9, 2014 to Friday, October 10, 2014

Masur and Lipsett Auditoriums, NIH Clinical Center (Bldg 10)

This two-day national symposium addresses recent advances in the field and should be an exciting forum for discussion and debate on the current understanding of the immunotherapy of cancer.

Sessions will include:

  • Adoptive Cell Therapies
  • Genetic Engineering of the Immune System
  • Checkpoint Modulators
  • Other Approaches to Cancer Immunotherapy

Registration is now open and abstracts are being accepted for the poster session. Deadline for abstract submission is August 15, 2014. Registration is free, but seating is limited, so be sure to register early.

For conference related questions, please contact Heather Leonard.