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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, October 20, 2014, 7:45 am to 5:30 pm

Porter Neuroscience Building (Building 35)

The Office of Research on Women’s Health will host an all-day workshop, “Methods and Techniques for Integrating the Biological Variable Sex in Preclinical Research."  One of the fundamental variables in preclinical biomedical research is sex: whether a cell, tissue, or animal is female or male.  Biological sex is an important consideration for this research that underlies drug development, clinical trials, and prevention approaches.  Learn how to incorporate sex to strengthen scientific design from leaders in the field at an upcoming full-day meeting hosted by the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health. To view a draft agenda, please visit

Monday, October 20, 2014, 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Lipsett Amphitheater, Building 10

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) presents the Integrative Medicine Research Lecture series. The series provides overviews of the current state of research and practice involving complementary health therapies, and explores perspectives on the emerging discipline of integrative medicine.  Next up in the series is “A Brief Mindfulness-based Preventive Intervention Improves Self-control and Neuroplasticity: Brain Mechanisms and Applications to Mental Disorders” by Yi-Yuan Tang.

Tang is a Professor of Psychology, Presidential Endowed Chair in Neuroscience and Founding Director of Texas Tech Neuroimaging Institute (TTNI) at Texas Tech University.  Tang obtained a Doctor of Philosophy degree in cognitive neuroscience/experimental psychology from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Dalian University Technology.  His research interests include mindfulness meditation, cognitive control, training self-control, working memory and cultural influences on math, language and self-regulation.  Tang’s current projects focus on investigating how to improve performance and reduce stress through attention and self-control training.  In this lecture,  Tang will explore current research on Integrative Body-Mind Training (IBMT) and its applications for managing mental health issues such as stress, addiction and mood disorders.  For more information, go to

Thursday, October 23, 2014 to Friday, October 24, 2014

Lipsett Amphitheater, Building 10

Please join us for a trans-NIH symposium, “Highlights from the frontiers of biomedical science from NIH and Japan."  The symposium is an outgrowth of the NIH’s engagement with Japanese researchers affected by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of 2011.  More than 20 Japanese scientists will join NIH investigators for two days of science talks, workshops, and posters.  Sessions include: disease and metabolism; stem cells and regeneration; host immunity and microbes; transcriptional regulation of innate immunity; and imaging of cellular and protein dynamics.  The full agenda will be posted soon.