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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).

Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Lister Hill Center Auditorium, Bldg 38A

The NLM Informatics Lecture Series presents “Data-Driven Precision Medicine” by Atul Butte, M.D., Ph.D. (now at USFC; formerly at Stanford). Dr. Butte is the founding Director of the newly-established Institute of Computational Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, and a Professor of Pediatrics.

Abstract: There is an urgent need to translate genome-era discoveries into clinical utility, but the difficulties in making bench-to-bedside translations have been well described. The nascent field of translational bioinformatics may help. Butte's lab builds and applies computational tools to convert hundreds of trillions of points of molecular, clinical, and epidemiological data collected by researchers and clinicians worldwide over the past decade, now commonly known as “big data,” into new diagnostics, therapeutics, and insights into rare and common diseases.

Thursday, June 4, 2015, 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Mary Woodard Lasker Center (Cloisters), Bldg 60

Please join us for “Reproducibility of Data Collection and Analysis — Modern Technologies in Genome Technology: Potentials and Pitfalls.” This is the third of three planned workshops sponsored by the NIH Office of the Director on the important topic of reproducibility, the subject of recent editorials in leading scientific journals. (Watched the indexed videcasts of the first two, on cell biology and on structural biology.)

We have invited several world-class scientists who will speak about important technologies in genomic research. In addition, we have invited editors from scientific journals covering genomic research to moderate sessions and discuss issues with data reproducibility in the scientific literature. We encourage you to mark this event on your calendar, and we hope you will be able to attend, either in person or through the videocast at We welcome our colleagues beyond the NIH to watch the videocast, too, which also will be archived. See agenda at To help us gauge attendance, please register online in advance of the meeting at

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,

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 1:00 pm to Thursday, June 25, 2015, 5:00 pm

Natcher Conference Center (Bldg 45)

The NIH Office of Behavioral Health and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) is turning 20, and we invite you to celebrate with us on the NIH campus. With the theme “Healthier lives through behavioral and social sciences,” seasoned researchers, young scientists, federal agency representatives, policy makers, students and everyone else in the field will find the 20th Anniversary three-day celebrations full of enticing and rigorous discussion. The event also offers myriad opportunities for networking and community building.

The event kicks off on a Tuesday with the 8th Matilda White Riley Award and Lecture in Behavioral and Social Sciences by Kevin Volpp, Professor of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine and Professor of Health Care Management at Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; and Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Director, Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, Teachers College and College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University. On June 24, OBSSR will hold the “Define Your Career in Behavioral and Social Sciences” event, aimed at those in the early stages of their careers, post-doctoral scholars, doctoral students, and others who are exploring training and careers in the behavioral and social sciences.  And the 20th Anniversary Research Symposium will be all day on June 25.  See the agenda and register at

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

NLM Lister Hill Auditorium, Building 38A

Please join us for the 2015 James H. Cassedy Memorial Lecture, “Caring for Foreign Bodies: Healthcare’s Role in Immigrant Assimilation, 1890–1945,” by Alan Kraut, Ph.D., of American University. Dr. Kraut is a University Professor in the AU Department of History.

Description: In 1914, during a peak era of immigration to the United States, E. A. Ross, a professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin insisted that the “foreign blood being injected into the blood of ‘our people’ is ‘subcommon.’” He scoffed at the unassimilable foreigners, taking aim at Southern Italians, Slavs, and Eastern European Jews. Others targeted Latinos and Asians. Newcomers and their advocates disagreed. Foreign bodies became contested terrain in the battle over whether newcomers’ bodies were fit for America. Because migration has been and continues to be so central to the America’s peopling, the subsequent process of integrating newcomers into American society has been an essential and recurring aspect of the American narrative. However, in every era there have been those who doubt that foreign bodies can be assimilated. This presentation demonstrates how in the period from 1890 to 1945 physicians, many of them immigrants themselves, became cultural mediators in the assimilation negotiation, encouraging newcomers to forge robust bodies even as their respective ethnic or religious groups organized and supported healthcare institutions responsive to both newcomers’ medical requirements and cultural preferences, a pattern that remains a dimension of the current dialogue over assimilation of the foreign-born.