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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:

Monday, April 27, 2015 to Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Natcher Conference Center (Bldg 45)

Please join us for a meeting on the Human Placenta Project, a new NIH initiative to revolutionize our understanding of the placenta and its role in health and disease titled: “The Human Placenta Project: Placental Structure and Function in Real Time.”

The placenta is the least understood human organ and arguably one of the most important, not only for the health of a woman and her fetus during pregnancy but also for the lifelong health of both. And yet there's so much we still don't know about the human placenta, as past studies have essentially been limited to ultrasound exams, blood tests, and the examination of placental tissue after delivery. The Human Placenta Project aims to address this lack of knowledge by supporting development of innovative technologies to assess placental health during pregnancy. This meeting will have a special focus on imaging and omics fields (e.g., genomics, proteomics, etc.) and help inform future directions for the research effort.

For more information about the Human Placenta Project, visit Questions? E-mail David Weinberg at To view the agenda and to register, visit This meeting will not be videocast live, but will be videotaped for later viewing.

Monday, April 27, 2015, 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Room 3091, 6701 Rockledge Drive

Jane Aubin, Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and Jen O'Donoughe, Executive Director of Reforms Implementation at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in Ottawa, will present “Peer Review Changes in Canada,” hosted by the CSR Director’s Seminar Series. The lecture will be videocast live.

These officials from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) will provide an overview of how CIHR is reforming the grants and peer review processes to transform the way investigator initiated research is funded. This includes implementing two new funding schemes and making significant changes to peer review processes including the use of application focused review, structured peer review, remote review and new scoring processes. CIHR is midway through their implementation and will provide an overview of the results of the early pilot studies which are showing improved effectiveness as well as reductions in both applicant and reviewer burden.  The presentation will also highlight lessons learned to date.  You may submit questions for the speakers to

Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 9:00 am to 10:00 am

Building 50, First-Floor Conference Room

Dr. Harry Greenberg, Senior Associate Dean for Research, Stanford University School of Medicine delivers: “Innate and Acquired Immunity to Rotavirus: New Mechanisms and Old Tricks,” this year’s Robert M. Chanock Memorial Lecture.

Greenberg’s interests are in pathogenic viruses that infect the GI tract, liver, and respiratory tract. His primary focus is on molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis, viral determinants of protective immunity, the molecular basis of host range, virulence and tissue tropism, vaccine development, viral immunology, and epidemiology with specific emphasis on the role of enteric viruses in less developed countries. Some of the ongoing studies in the lab deal with questions such as (i) What rotavirus gene(s) code for host range restriction, virulence and immunity? (ii) What proteins and what regions of the rotavirus proteins code for neutralizing epitopes, cell fusion activity, viral receptors, protective immunity? (iii) What host cell genes are regulated by rotavirus replication in vitro and in vivo. These studies focus on microarray analysis and cell biology.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Conference Room 1227 (Bldg 50)

Michael Gottesman, MD (OD/NCI), Jonathan Lorsch, PhD (NIGMS), John Gallin, MD (CC), and Win Arias, MD (NICHD/CC) deliver a Demystifying Medicine course titled “The Future for Biomedical Scientists". Download course materials at No registration is needed if not for credit. 

The 2015 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

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 10:00 am to 3:30 pm

Natcher Conference Center (Bldg 45)

We encourage all current NIH Postbacs and Technical IRTAs in the Bethesda area, Baltimore, and Frederick to present at this event. At the poster session you will be able to share background information on your project, any data you may have collected, and a discussion of the technical problems you encountered as well as any results.

This year, Audrey J. Murrell, PhD, Associate Dean and Professor, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh, will present the Poster Day keynote address. She will talk about her work and consulting in helping organizations to make the best use of their human and social capital with a focus on mentoring and enhancing outcomes for women. If you are wondering how mentoring might contribute to your career, you should listen to what she has to say. Or you could simply enjoy listening to a fascinating career journey. The deadline for postbacs to submit poster titles is Tuesday, March 31, at 5:00 p.m. ET. For more details, refer to

Thursday, May 7, 2015, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Masur Auditorium, NIH Clinical Center (Bldg 10)

Dr. Luigi Ferrucci, scientific director of the NIA delivers “Is Inflammation a Hallmark of Aging?” presented by The Trans-NIH GeroScience Interest Group (GSIG) spring seminar.

Ferrucci is a geriatrician and epidemiologist who conducts research on the causal pathways leading to progressive physical and cognitive decline in older persons. He has made major contributions in the design of many epidemiological studies conducted in the U.S. and in Europe, including the European Longitudinal Study on Aging, the “ICare Dicomano Study,” the AKEA study of Centenarians in Sardinia, and the Women's Health and Aging Study. He was also the Principal Investigator of the InCHIANTI study, a longitudinal study conducted in the Chianti Geographical area (Tuscany, Italy). After serving for several years as Director of the Baltimore Longitudinal Study on Aging (BLSA), he became the NIA SD in 2011.

The seminar will be videocast at The GeroScience Interest Group (GSIG) was formed to enhance opportunities for discussion of the intersection between the biology of aging and the biology of disease and conditions that are of interest across ICs. It is focused on basic biology, but with a longer view towards translation. If you are interested in learning more, please visit the GSIG web site at

Monday, May 11, 2015, 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Masur Auditorium, NIH Clinical Center (Bldg 10)

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health is holding its annual Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary Health Therapies. Jerome Groopman, M.D., the Dina and Raphael Recanati chair of medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief of experimental medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Pamela Hartzband, M.D., assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and attending physician in the division of endocrinology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center deliver the lecture “When Experts Disagree: The Art of Medical Decision Making.”

The husband-and-wife team will present a new way to make the best medical decisions. They reveal that each of us has a “medical mind,” a highly individual approach to weighing the risks and benefits of treatment. To ascertain our unique medical minds, they will present probing questions. Are you a minimalist or a maximalist, a believer or a doubter, do you look for natural healing or the latest technology? Groopman and Hartzband explain how pitfalls in thinking and the way statistics are presented in pharmaceutical advertisements, the news media and even scientific reports can mislead all of us. The talk will demonstrate the contrast between the role of population guidelines with the care of the individual, and explain the complexities of end of life care – all factors that contribute to a person’s “medical mind.” They will weave vivid narratives from real patient experiences with insights from recent cognitive research to demonstrate how to arrive at choices that serve the individual best.

This event has been rescheduled from a January cancellation due to snow.

Thursday, May 14, 2015, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Masur Auditorium, NIH Clinical Center (Bldg 10)

Jake Liang, chief of the NIDDK Liver Diseases Branch will deliver the Annual Kuan-Teh Jeang Memorial Lecture which this year is titled “Dissecting the Molecular Anatomy of HCV Infection at the Crossroads of Functional Genomics and Chemical Biology”.

Liang’s lab has taken three approaches to study hepatitis C infection and pathogenesis: to understand the mechanisms of action of interferon, ribavirin, and the new class of direct-acting antivirals in HCV therapy, and to explore the biological basis of treatment non-response in order to improve current treatment regimen; to apply molecular, biochemical, and functional genomic tools to identify and characterize structural and functional interactions between the virus, viral gene products, and the host; and to generate novel reagents and tools for developing and evaluating vaccines and antivirals by building and improving on currently available model systems.

Friday, May 15, 2015, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Natcher Conference Center (Bldg 45)

We invite any postdoc, clinical fellow or PhD-level graduate student to join us, regardless if you are part of the NIH intramural program or not.  The NIH Career Symposium highlights the diversity of career choices available to your generation of biomedical researchers. Whether you are a new graduate student, postdoc, or clinical fellow just beginning to consider career options or a senior student/fellow ready to look for a job, the NIH Career Symposium is for you. New this year is a panel on international opportunities in science.

See the agenda at and register here.

Friday, May 15, 2015, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Natcher Conference Center, Building 45

The NIH Career Symposium highlights the diversity of career choices available to your generation of biomedical researchers.  Whether you are a new graduate student,  postdoc, or clinical fellow just beginning to consider career options or a senior student/fellow ready to look for a job, the NIH Career Symposium is for you.  We invite any postdoc, clinical fellow or PhD-level graduate student to join us, regardless if you are part of the NIH intramural program or not.

The Symposium includes panels and workshops with over 75 speakers.  There are typically 12-16 Panel sessions covering a spectrum of careers including; academics, industry, government, patents/tech transfer, policy, and communications.  The end of the day finishes with Skill Blitzes: Twenty minute sessions to help you gather the tools and resources critical for your job search. The goal is to give you skills you can use immediately to act upon the information that you learned in the Symposium.  Please note: This is NOT a job fair; it is a place for you to gain information about your next step in your career.  There are NO recruiting tables.

View the symposim agenda and register at

Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Masur Auditorium, NIH Clinical Center (Bldg 10)

David Julius, Ph.D., of UCSF School of Medicine delivers, “TRP Channels and Pain: From Physiology to Atomic Structure", this year's annual John Daly Memorial Lecture.

Julius has exploited the power of natural products to elucidate molecular mechanisms of touch and pain sensation. It is quite appropriate for him to deliver the lecture in memory of John Daly, a noted natural products chemist and pharmacologist. See a recent news article about Julius’ work at

Abstract: Pungent irritants from pepper, mint, and mustard plants have served as powerful pharmacological probes for identifying molecules, cells, and circuits that contribute to somatosensation and pain. These pungent natural products elicit pain by activating members of the TRP ion channel family, highlighting roles for these proteins as detectors of noxious stimuli, and thus potential new targets for analgesic drugs.  TRP channels are complex signaling machines whose biophysical and pharmacological properties are now being revealed at the atomic level, providing important new insights into their mechanisms of action and regulation.

Thursday, June 18, 2015, 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Masur Auditorium, NIH Clinical Center (Bldg 10)

Join us for “The Children’s Inn at NIH: 25th Anniversary Symposium — At the Intersection of Hope & Science: 25 Years of Advancing Medical Discoveries”. The symposium will highlight The Inn’s history, especially its role in advancing medical research. NIH physicians and families will share their stories and the fascinating scientific advances that have been made in treatment of their diseases. The event will also look ahead to the future of The Inn and the next 25 years of medical discovery. Check the website for details,