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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, April 23, 2014, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (reception to follow)

Masur Auditorium, NIH Clinical Center (Bldg 10)

Rachel Wong, Professor in the Department of Biological Structure at the University of Washington, will present “Assembly, disassembly and reassembly of circuits in the retina" next in the Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series (WALS).

from the speaker:  “My lab is interested in neuronal circuit assembly in development, circuit disassembly in degeneration and circuit reassembly upon cellular regeneration.  Our studies are based on the vertebrate retina of zebrafish and mice.  We apply a diversity of approaches including in vivo and in vitro confocal and multiphoton imaging, electron microscopy, transgenic methods and electrophysiology to investigate neuronal structure, function and connectivity in normal and perturbed retinas.  We have developed and applied cellular and synaptic labels to visualize circuits in vivo and in vitro, largely through biolistics and transgenic approaches. Correlative fluorescence and serial electron microscopy enables us to map identified synaptic connections onto individual neurons. Both normal and perturbed cell function are probed using electrophysiological techniques including whole-cell and multielectrode array recordings. We are currently investigating the cellular mechanisms and developmental strategies that establish excitatory and inhibitory circuits in the mammalian retina. By taking advantage of the zebrafish’s capacity to regenerate neurons, we are also determining how newly-generated neurons integrate into existing circuitry.”

Thursday, April 24, 2014, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Natcher Conference Center (Bldg 45), Rooms E1/E2

The Forum on the Microbiome and Autoimmunity is sponsored by the NIH Microbiome Working Group, NCI, NIAID, NIAMS, NIH Office of Research in Women's Health and the Society for Women's Health Research. The recent explosion in microbiome (commensal bacteria) research highlights the impact of host- microbiome interactions on maintenance of health and the development of disease. Current findings show that the microbiome is required for immune development and protective immune responses. It is also becoming clear that if there is a disruption or disorganization in the microbiome community inflammatory disease can occur. This is particularly evident with gastrointestinal autoimmune diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease. In this forum, we will focus on ongoing research into how the microbiome influences the development of autoimmune disease with particular emphasis on those conditions that have less well defined relationships with the microbiome. Our main goal is to foster discussion and collaboration in the larger field of research into microbiome-autoimmune disease interactions.  For a list of confirmed speakers and the agenda, refer to  Pre-registration is required.  If you have any questions, please contact Howard Young,

Thursday, April 24, 2014, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Building 1 lawn and various locations

It is that time of year again. Flowers blooming, birds chirping, and NIH’s annual Earth Day event. This year, the "Plant a Seed, Grow a Healthy Future" themed celebration will be held in conjunction with Take Your Child to Work Day. Local food trucks, including Ben & Jerry’s and Chick-fil-A will also be on campus to provide discounted food options for attendees. This is an NIH zero-waste event: all waste will be either composted or recycled. Consider volunteering your green ideas, time and talents to the Earth Day planning committee. If interested, contact Danita Broadnax. Check out the full list of special Earth Day activities and events for all NIH facilities at

Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Building 50 conference room

The next Demystifying Medicine course is “HAV and HCV RNA Viruses: Clinical and Basic Advances and Challenges,” by Marc Ghany, M.D. (NIDDK) and Nihal Altan-Bonnet, Ph.D. (NHLBI). Download course materials at  No registration is needed if not for credit. The 2014 Demystifying Medicine Series, which is jointly sponsored by FAES and NIH, includes the presentation of patients, pathology, diagnosis and therapy in the context of major disease problems and current research. Primarily directed toward Ph.D. students, clinicians and program managers, the course is designed to help bridge the gap between advances in biology and their application to major human diseases.  Each session includes clinical and basic science components presented by NIH staff and invitees. All students, fellows and staff are welcome, as well.  See full schedule at

Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Ruth L. Kirschstein Auditorium, Natcher Conference Center (Bldg 45)

Please join us for a scientific symposium to honor 50 years of visionary leadership of Joseph F. Fraumeni, Jr., M.D., founding Director of the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute.  The symposium is titled “Cancer Epidemiology: From Pedigrees to Populations" and provides an opportunity for scientific exchange by the leading experts in cancer epidemiology, highlighting critical findings made over the past 50 years as well as opportunities for future research that has potential to significantly advance our understanding of the causes of cancer.

Registration is free but required. To register and view event details, please visit the symposium website at For questions about the symposium, or if you require reasonable accommodations, contact Jennifer Loukissas at