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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).

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 to Thursday, September 3, 2015

Natcher Conference Center

Following the sell-out 2014 conference, we are pleased to announce a third Preventing Overdiagnosis conference, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. Refer to for the agenda and registration.

Although hard to believe, there’s growing scientific evidence suggesting many people are overdiagnosed across a lot of different conditions, including asthma, breast cancer, and high blood pressure, and you can read more in the books and articles on our readings page. One common way overdiagnosis can happen is when healthy people who attend screening programs or receive tests during check-ups are diagnosed and subsequently treated for the early form of a disease which would never in fact have harmed them. With breast cancer screening for example, a recent systematic review of studies published in the British Medical Journal suggests that up to one in three of the cancers detected via screening may be overdiagnosed. There are similar concerns with overdiagnosis of prostate, thyroid and kidney cancers.

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

Thursday, September 10, 2015, 11:30 am to 12:45 pm Meetings and Luncheon to Follow, Contact for Info

Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, Conference Center Auditorium (Bldg 549)

NCI at Frederick is pleased to announce a forthcoming lecture in the Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series. The presenter will be Dr. Eric Betzig, Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute,
Ashburn, VA. Dr. Betzig was a recipient of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the Development of Super-Resolved Fluorescence Microscopy.

Dr. Betzig's lecture is entitled "Imaging Life at High Spatiotemporal Resolution". The lecture will also be broadcast live to room E-1201 at the Advanced Technology Research Facility.

If you would like to meet one-on-one with Dr. Betzig in the afternoon or if you would like to join the postdoctoral fellow's luncheon with Dr. Betzig following his seminar, please contact Stephen Lockett at 301-846-5515 or via email Bring your lunch or choose from one of the many selections the Café has to offer.

You will find Dr. Betzig's bibliography at: Please try again later if the bibliography is not currently listed.

Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this program should contact Kathy Easterday, Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc. at 301-846-5763 or the Conference Center staff at 301-846-1111.

Friday, September 11, 2015, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Lister Hill Center Auditorium (Bldg 38A)

Please join us for the upcoming NIH Obesity Research Task Force Seminar Series presentation, “Neuromodulatory Therapies for the Treatment of Obesity". Talks include: “Incorporating Patient Preferences into Regulatory Decision Making: Weight-loss Devices as a Proof of Concept” by Telba Irony, Ph.D., U.S. Food and Drug Administration; “Vagal Nerve Blockade and Other Peripheral Nervous System Therapies for Obesity Treatment” by Sayeed Ikramuddin, M.D., University of Minnesota; “Brain Stimulation Methods To Modify Food Cravings or Treat Obesity” by Mark S. George, M.D., Medical University of South Carolina; and “Closed Loop Deep Brain Stimulation for Impulse Control” by Emad Eskandar, M.D., Harvard Medical School. This event will not be videocast.

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

Monday, September 28, 2015 to Tuesday, September 29, 2015

NIH Clinical Center (Bldg 10), Masur Auditorium

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.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 to Thursday, October 1, 2015

National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine - Keck Center, 500 Fifth St NW Washington, DC 20001

The National Academy of Sciences and NIEHS will hold a free workshop to explore the factors that affect how an individual responds to environmental stress. “Interindividual Variability: New Ways to Study and Implications for Decision Making” will focus on recent scientific advances that could shed light on sources of variation in responses between different people. The event is part of the Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions series and will be held at the NAS Keck Center in Washington, D.C., and also viewable via webcast.

Within any population, factors such as heritable characteristics, stress, body weight, and genetics can influence the type and degree of response that people may have to environmental stressors. Accounting for this interindividual variability is a challenge for decision makers tasked with setting chemical safety regulations. Join researchers, professionals, and policy experts to explore new tools and how they may be used to advance the science behind risk-based decisions. The workshop will include presentations, panel discussions, and breakout sessions on topics such as: in-vitro toxicology methods using highly diverse cell lines; in-vivo methods using highly diverse animal populations; and epidemiologic analytical approaches that explore mediators within the causal pathway. The workshop will be webcast, and registration is required to attend, whether in person or via webcast.

Thursday, October 8, 2015 to Friday, October 9, 2015

NIH Clinical Center (Bldg 10), Masur Auditorium and Lipsett Amphitheater

The NCI Center for Cancer Research is hosting a two-day national symposium titled “Frontiers in Basic Immunology: 2015”. This two-day symposium addresses recent advances in the field and should be an exciting forum for discussion and debate on the current understanding of basic immunological mechanisms. Sessions will include: Lymphocyte Development (speakers Remy Bosselut, Al Singer, Avinash Bhandoola, Yousuke Takahama, Vanja Lazarevic, Rafael Casellas, Barbara Kee); Lymphocyte Signaling (speakers Jon Ashwell, Larry Samelson, Amnon Altman, Hyun Park, Luca Gattinoni, Richard Hodes, Mike Lenardo, Kristin Hogquist); and Lymphocyte Biology (speakers Wayne Yokoyama, Eric Long, Paul Roche, Romina Goldszmid, Andre Nussenzweig, Dinah Singer, Vijay Kuchroo, Scott Durum). Registration is free but seating is limited. Poster abstract submission deadline is August 14. Refer to for more information.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Natcher Conference Center (Bldg 45)

Join us for the National Institute of Nursing Research’s (NINR) 30th Anniversary Scientific Symposium and Poster Session, “Advancing Science, Improving Lives." This special event marks the beginning of a yearlong observation of the Institute’s first 30 years at the NIH. The symposium comprises keynote addresses, scientific presentations, a scientific panel discussion, and a research poster session. It will highlight many of the accomplishments of NINR and its scientists and showcase the positive impact that our science has had on the lives of millions of Americans. This event is free of charge, but registration is required. For more information and to register for the event, please visit Note that NINR’s call for abstracts for a poster session is now closed.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Masur Auditorium, NIH Clinical Center (Bldg 10)

The National Institutes of Health is hosting a summit to explore how digital is being used by government agencies, clinicians, scientists, patients, and the public to communicate information on health and science. The morning will focus on digital health and the public. The afternoon will focus on how researchers and health professionals are using digital tools in their professional lives. There will be multiple opportunities throughout the day for the audience to ask questions of the various speakers.

According to a September 2012 Pew Research Center survey, 72% of internet users say they looked online for health information within the past year. As health information becomes increasingly accessible, it’s important to take a look at how these resources are being communicated and shared with the public, how and where clinicians and scientists are discussing important health topics in the digital sphere, and the challenges health communicators face with an ever-evolving digital landscape. The summit is designed to encourage discussion and to strengthen scientific communications communities around the digital and social media strategies used in health and science agencies. Registration is required. More information is at

Friday, October 23, 2015, 10:00 am

Masur Auditorium, NIH Clinical Center (Bldg 10)

The Office of Intramural Research, Office of the Director, NIH, invites you to the tenth annual Philip S. Chen, Jr., Ph.D., Distinguished Lecture on Innovation and Technology Transfer. Robert Kotin will present “Unexpected Results from Unconventional Approaches to Adeno-associated Virus Research.” Kotin was Senior Investigator (1999–2014) at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and is currently Vice President of Voyager Therapeutics and Adjunct Professor at the Gene Therapy Center of the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester.

Monday, October 26, 2015, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Porter Neuroscience Research Center (Bldg 35A)

Join us for a daylong conference, Pluripotent Stem Cells in Neuroscience, sponsored by NINDS. This conference is intended to bring together the intramural neuroscience community interested in using pluripotent stem cells in their research or other applications. It will highlight some of the research being performed on campus with the goal of fostering new collaborations intramurally. The inclusion of distinguished extramural leaders in the neuroscience field will also stimulate new ideas and discussion. Registration dates are Friday, May 1, 2015 to Monday, October 26, 2015. For more information, refer to

Friday, November 6, 2015, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

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

Registration Dates: June 10 - October 30

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRAT) Program will host a Scientific Symposium in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the PRAT Program on November 6, 2015. This is an all-day event and is open to the public. The objectives of this Symposium are to:

  • Recognize the contributions of PRAT alumni to a variety of diverse research areas in the basic biomedical sciences and demonstrate these contributions have spanned different career sectors, including academic, industry, and government settings.
  • Highlight the role of the PRAT program in the career path of alumni.
  • Provide an opportunity for PRAT alumni to network with each other and current fellows.

There is no cost to attend the NIGMS PRAT 50th Anniversary Scientific Symposium. However, we do ask that you register so we can anticipate the attendance and to enable sharing of contact information among interested participants. The event will be VideoCast live at:

A tentative agenda is available. You must make your own travel arrangements. For information on travel to the NIH campus and the security clearance process, see our logistics information.