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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).

Thursday, September 29, 2016 to Friday, September 30, 2016

Masur Auditorium, NIH Clinical Center (Bldg 10)

The NCI Center of Excellence in Immunology is a two-day national symposium, “From Metchnikoff to Systems Biology: The Role of Inflammation and Phagocytic Cells in Cancer”. The symposium will address recent advances in the field and should be an exciting forum for discussion and debate on the current understanding of cancer and inflammation. Sessions will include: hematopoiesis and phagocytic cell functional regulation, lessons for cancer biology; myeloid cells in cancer; metabolism in immunity and cancer, and promising immune therapies. See the program at Please consider registering in advance.

Friday, September 30, 2016, 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Room 610, Porter Neuroscience Center (Bldg 35)

Join us for the NIH Frontiers in Data Science Lecture and Challenge Symposium, featuring "Should we go to the crowd first? Lessons from running crowd contests in life sciences: How and Why Crowd Contests for Algorithm Development Work" by guest lecturer Dr. Karim Lakhani of Harvard Business School.

Abstract: Over the last decade crowd-based models of innovation have been shown to be highly complementary to a range of academic and industrial algorithmic and scientific problems.  The work of the Crowd Innovation Lab| NASA Tournament Lab at Harvard University has shown that crowd-driven solutions for algorithmic challenges in computational biology, image analysis and space sciences routinely outperform internally developed solutions from elite organizations.  The mini workshop will review the results, provide a systematic framework for understanding the place of crowd contests within academic life science research programs and provide a deep dive into two recent challenges in genomics and imaging.

Bio: Karim R. Lakhani is an Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, the Principal Investigator of the Crowd Innovation Lab and NASA Tournament Lab at the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science and the faculty co-founder of the Harvard Business School Digital Initiative. He specializes in technology management and innovation.  His research examines crowd-based innovation models and the digital transformation of companies and industries. Professor Lakhani is known for his pioneering scholarship on how communities and contests can be designed and managed to achieve innovative outcomes. He has partnered with NASA, TopCoder and the Harvard Medical School to conduct field experiments on the design of crowd innovation programs. His research on digital transformation has shown the importance of data and analytics as drivers of business and operating model transformation and source of competitive advantage

This lecture is part of a Challenge Symposium to explore the use of challenges as a mechanism for achieving scientific goals. It will be available on NIH videocast: The symposium will start with remarks from Tom Kalil, Deputy Director for Policy at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The symposium will conclude with a panel discussion with Lora Kutkat (NIH), Sandeep Patel (HHS), and Chris Nelson (OSTP).   

Reasonable Accommodation: Individuals with disabilities who need Sign Language Interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Sonynka Ngosso or Kristan Brown at 301-402-9827. Requests should be made at least 5 business days in advance of the event.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Lister Hill Auditorium (Building 38A)

The History of Medicine lectures series for 2016 continues with a presentation by Louis W. Sullivan, MD, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services from 1989 to 1993.

In this presentation, Sullivan relates his life story, growing up in rural Georgia during the period of legally-sanctioned and enforced racial segregation and the impact it had on him, his family, and on the black community. He was inspired to become a physician when, at age 5, he met the only black physician in Southwest Georgia.  After becoming a hematologist and professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, he went on to found the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, followed by an appointment as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services in the administration of George H.W. Bush. Sullivan developed a number of initiatives to increase racial, ethnic and gender diversity in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and in the nation’s health workforce. Throughout his career, Sullivan has worked to improve the effectiveness of the U.S. health system, and the diversity of its workforce. The elimination of disparities in health care, which exists between whites and the nation’s underserved minorities is an on-going priority of Sullivan. Progress to-date and remaining challenges will be discussed. This lecture will be live-streamed globally, and subsequently archived, by NIH VideoCasting.

Thursday, October 6, 2016, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Wilson Hall, Building 1

Are you an NIH postbac interested in getting a PhD but staying here at the NIH to do your dissertation research? The NIH Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP) is a collaborative PhD program that allows graduate students to perform dissertation research at the NIH while completing coursework at and receiving their degrees from a US or international university. We will be hosting the NIH GPP Information Session; this will be an open-house event where the NIH Partnership Directors and representatives from the various Institutional GPP programs listed below will be in attendance to answer all of your questions. Applications for Fall 2017 admission are currently open for most Institutional programs. This event is not only a great way to gather information about the programs, but for the programs to get to know you before you even apply!  

For all the details about the event and to register, click here.

Friday, October 14, 2016, 10:00 am (reception to follow)

Masur Auditorium, NIH Clinical Center (Bldg 10)

The NIH Office of Intramural Research invites you to the eleventh annual Philip S. Chen, Jr., Ph.D. Distinguished Lecture on Innovation and Technology Transfer. John O’Shea, M.D., will present “Cytokine Signaling: Genes, Genomes and Drugs.” 

Dr. O’Shea is Scientific Director and a Senior Investigator at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. O’Shea has performed outstanding research on how cytokines transmit signals to the cell interior of T cells and innate lymphocytes so as to evoke and direct subsequent immune responses. This work has led to a better understanding of the effects of mutations in these signaling pathway genes on immune function. Among the first to clone the protein kinase JAK3, O’Shea identified its crucial role in cytokine signaling and based in large part on his work, pharmacological Jak inhibitors have been developed as a new class of immunomodulatory drugs.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Room 620-630, Porter Neuroscience Research Center (Bldg 35)

The call-for-abstracts deadline for The Symposium on Cancer Health Disparities is September 30. See for more information.

About the symposium: Not all segments of the U.S. population have equally benefited from the advances in our knowledge and treatment of cancer. As a result, minority, immigrant, and financially disadvantaged populations continue to experience an excessive cancer burden due to barriers in access to health care, cultural barriers, and exposure to carcinogens and pathogens. The causes of these disparities are clearly multifaceted, and may include tumor biological and genetic factors, and their interaction with the environment. This symposium will present recent advances in our understanding of the causes of cancer health disparities, including financial toxicity, lifestyle factors, microbiome, and ancestry, by highlighting various cancer sites, and will discuss disparities in cancer outcome and survivorship, and strategies to reduce these disparities.

Monday, October 24, 2016 to Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Natcher Conference Center (Building 45)

Day 1: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Day 2: 9:00 AM  – 11:40 AM

This conference is the first of its kind to focus on vascular-inflammation emerging research as it relates to immunology, systemic inflammation, and multimodal imaging. The event will bring together the world’s most renowned experts the field, providing a forum for international collaboration across disciplines to speed new discoveries, fill gaps in existing knowledge, and potentially lead to critical breakthroughs in ways to understand vascular inflammation as it relates to future cardiovascular disease events. Fast-paced presentations and discussions will facilitate the exchange of ideas on critical topics, including translational studies involving cardiovascular imagery and quantification and the immunology of inflammation. A poster session will enable the evaluation and discussion of additional unpublished research and guidance to early-career researchers.

Detailed meeting information is available at For questions: Contact Nehal Mehta at