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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. Unless otherwise noted, times listed are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 11:30 am

Masur Auditorium, NIH Clinical Center (Bldg 10)

Rwandan Minister of Health, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, a strong supporter of biomedical research, has been invited to deliver the annual David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture at NIH. Her presentation is titled “Medical Research and Capacity Building for Development: The Experience of Rwanda." The event honors the late Dr. David Barmes, a public health dentist and epidemiologist, for his career spent improving health in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The talk is co-sponsored by NIH's National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) and Fogarty International Center, and will be webcast live and archived for future viewing.

Binagwaho has spoken frequently about the value of research and capacity building at her country’s medical and academic institutions in helping relieve the disease burden that weighs on Rwandan and other LMIC populations. Before becoming minister in 2011, she had served as permanent secretary of health, as executive secretary of Rwanda’s National AIDS Control Commission, and as a physician in public hospitals for over 15 years. She trained in pediatrics, specialized in emergency neonatology and the treatment of HIV/AIDS, and earned her doctoral degree from the University of Rwanda in 2014. She holds positions at Harvard University and Dartmouth College, where she teaches courses in health equity, HIV/AIDS, information and communication technologies for health, and pediatric care delivery systems. NIH supports a range of research and training collaborations with Rwandan scientists, such as clinical trials of an HIV vaccine, development of research skills to study cervical and other cancers, and investigations of how intimate partner violence affects health.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (reception to follow)

Masur Auditorium, NIH Clinical Center (Bldg 10)

Edward Boyden, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, MIT, presents "Tools for Comprehensive Molecular Imaging and Dynamical Control of Biological Systems" as both the first of 3 NIH Director's Lectures and the first lecture of the 2015-2016 season of the Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series (WALS).

The 2015–2016 WALS season starts with a bang. The first NIH Director’s Lecture (1 of 3 each season) is with Ed Boyden, the celebrated neuroscientist at MIT who, with Karl Deisseroth, greatly advanced the field of optogenetics. In 2010, his work was recognized as the “Method of the Year” by the journal Nature Methods. More recently he shared the 2013 Grete Lundbeck European Brain Research Prize for outstanding contributions to European neuroscience–the largest neuroscience prize in the world. In 2008, at age 29, he was named to Discover magazine's 'Top 20 Under 40' list. Boyden leads the MIT Media Lab’s Synthetic Neurobiology research group, which develops tools for mapping, controlling, observing, and building dynamic circuits of the brain, and uses these neurotechnologies to understand how cognition and emotion arise from brain network operation, as well as to enable systematic repair of intractable brain disorders such as epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, and post-traumatic stress disorder. His research group has invented a suite of optogenetic tools that are now in use by thousands of research groups around the world for activating and silencing neurons with light.

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 Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series is this highest-profile scientific lecture series at the NIH, created to keep the NIH community informed of the latest world-class science. Speakers are nominated by NIH scientific staff. Receptions with the speaker follow each lecture. The 2015–2016 schedule will be posted by late summer at

Thursday, September 10, 2015 to Friday, September 11, 2015

Fishers Lane Auditorium, Rockville, Md.

Please join us for an NIH symposium titled “Linking Disease Model Phenotypes to Human Conditions.” The purpose of the meeting is to convene a colloquium on the current status of phenomics and its role in closing the gap that exists between biomedical research and clinical medical practice. The wealth of whole organism, cellular, and molecular data generated in the research laboratory must be translated into clinically relevant knowledge that enables the physician to make the best possible treatment decisions. Phenomics is gaining momentum due to the availability of the complete genomes for many organisms as well as higher throughput methods to genetically modify model organism genomes and observe and record phenotypes. Disease models comprise some of the most important tools of biomedical research. The efficacy of the use of disease models is based upon the principles of evolutionary conservation between species, including conservation of pathogenic disease mechanisms. The lack of alignment of phenotypes between model species and humans has been a historic impediment to understanding disease processes. Further progress depends upon integration of clinical, biological and genomic data and development of the tools for identification and analysis of specific and amendable disease-causing molecular phenotypes of various diseases. This symposium is sponsored by the Division of Comparative Medicine at ORIP/DPCPSI/OD/NIH.

If interested, please refer to the symposium program and registration to attend this event at We plan to accommodate 50 NIH attendees at the Symposium. Once these 50 spaces are filled, additional NIH employees, who are registered, will be placed on a waiting list and will be notified, if space becomes available. Please register early; space is limited. For more information on meeting logistics and registration, contact Mark A. Dennis at or Oleg Mirochnitchenko at

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 to Friday, September 18, 2015

The 2015 NIH Research Festival: A Celebration of Intramural Science will be different from previous years', as our goal is to kick-off the scientific initiatives outlined in the Intramural long-term plan, now endorsed by the Advisory Committee to the Director. We strongly encourage you, as a member of the NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP), to participate in this year’s Festival by both attending the scientific sessions and presenting your own work to your fellow IRP scientists.

To submit an abstract for inclusion in one of the poster sessions, simply point your Web browser to the poster abstract submission site, at Each individual is limited to a single poster as a first author in order to allow as many people to present their work. The poster-abstract submission period closes at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, June 29. You will be able to make changes to your abstract submission up until that time, after which all submissions will be locked. All poster submissions will then be reviewed and accepted poster applicants will be notified by e-mail this summer. For those of you presenting work that could be construed as a public disclosure of a new invention, please consult with your IC's technology transfer office ( about filing a patent application prior to submitting your abstract. If you have any questions regarding poster submissions (or any aspect of the Research Festival), please contact Jacqueline Roberts, the Research Festival Coordinator, at For information on last year's Research Festival, visit

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 to Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Bldg 35 Auditorium (620/630)

Join us for the third NCI-Pancreatic Cancer Symposium, “Current Advances and Future Challenges in Research and Treatment." Pancreatic cancer remains one of the most lethal malignancies and is expected to be the second leading cause of death due to cancer by 2020 in the United States. Recent progress in the basic and clinical research has identified molecular targets that could be harnessed in improving survival in patients with pancreatic cancer. This symposium presents recent advances in our understanding of the development, progression, early detection and treatment of pancreatic cancer, and will provide an exciting forum to discuss the challenges in improving diagnosis, prevention and disease outcome. See for list of speakers and other information. Deadline for submission of abstracts is August 10. Registration is free but seating is limited, so please register online.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 to Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Natcher Conference Center (Building 45)

Mark your calendars and plan to attend the sixth NHLBI Symposium on Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine. The event will bring together experts in stem cell biology, cardiovascular development, translating stem cell biology, cardiac remodelling and inflammation, vascular remodelling and inflammation, and tissue engineering/genome editing/new technologies. The emphasis will be on recent discoveries and trends. We will examine the challenges and critical questions that require answers as the field moves forward to clinical applications. The Symposium’s goals are to help the science and field move forward, to find consensus regarding the translation of stem cell biology and research into a clinical setting, and to inspire participants in their own work. More information is available on the symposium's website. Abstract submission deadline is July 1.