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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:

Friday, January 9, 2015, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Natcher Conference Center, Balcony B (Building 45)

Please join the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research for a lecture and discussion on Communication Neuroscience with Dr. Emily Falk, Assistant Professor of Communication of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Falk’s lecture, Neural Predictors of Health Behavior Change, is part of the 2014-2015 BSSR Lecture Series to promote open and engaged discussion about cutting edge research in the behavioral and social sciences field.

about the speaker: Dr. Falk employs a variety of methods in the performance of her research, with a focus on functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). She has worked to develop a program of research in what she calls “Communication Neuroscience” to link neural activity (in response to persuasive messages) to behaviors at the individual, group and population levels. In particular, Falk is interested in predicting behavior change following exposure to persuasive messages and in understanding what makes successful ideas spread (e.g. through social networks, through cultures).

She is also interested in the development of “neural focus groups” to predict the efficacy of persuasive communication at the population level. At present, much of her research focuses on health communication, including recent work exploring neural predictors of increased sunscreen use, neural predictors of smoking reduction, and linking neural responses to health messages to population level behavioral outcomes; other areas of interest include political communication, cross-cultural communication, and the spread of culture, social norms and sticky ideas.

Falk's work has been funded by grants from NCI, NICHD and the NIH Director's New Innovator Award. Prior to her doctoral work, she was a Fulbright Fellow in health policy, studying health communication in Canada. She received her bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from Brown University, and her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

You are encouraged to mark this event on your calendar, and to attend in person, to have an enriching discussion. You could also attend by videocast at

Make sure you register, regardless of how you plan to attend.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm reception to follow

Masur Auditorium, NIH Clinical Center (Bldg 10)

Titia de Lange, Leon Hess Professor, Laboratory of Cell Biology and Genetics, The Rockefeller Institute, presents “How Telomeres Solve the End-Protection Problem" next in the Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series (WALS).

about the speaker: “Titia de Lange’s group is now working to determine the mechanism by which each shelterin protein inhibits its designated pathway, and how loss of telomere protection contributes to genome instability in human cancer.  A major mechanistic insight arose from the identification of the t-loop structure of telomeres in which the single-stranded overhang is inserted in the double-stranded repeat array of the telomere, thereby hiding the telomere end from the DNA damage response.  Recent data showed that the TRF2 component of shelterin is required to establish and/or maintain this structure.  Since TRF2 is responsible for the repression of the ATM kinase pathway and non-homologous end joining, it is likely that the t-loop structure is critical to prevent these two pathways from acting inappropriately on chromosome ends.”

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 next next WALS is January 21 by Stuart Orkin, Harvard Medical School, “Bringing genetics and epigenetics to the fetal-adult hemoglobin switch.”  The WALS talk originally scheduled for January 7 with Crystal Mackall has been moved to February 25.  The 2014–2015 schedule is posted at