Vilcek Foundation Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science

Application deadline: August 14, 2011

The Vilcek Foundation will award a prize of $25,000 to a young, foreign-born scientist who demonstrates outstanding early achievement in the field of biomedical research. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows working under the supervision of a mentor are not eligible. For more information and an online application visit

NIH Graduate and Professional School Fair

Friday, July 22, 2011
9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Natcher Conference Center (Building 45)
Lister Hill Auditorium (Building 38A)

NIH summer interns, NIH postbacs, and college and university students from the Washington, D.C., area can explore programs leading to graduate and professional degrees. More than 100 colleges and universities will be represented. The fair includes workshops on making successful transitions and interviewing; and panels on getting to graduate and professional school, and careers in public health, pharmacy, and psychology. For a list of participating institutions and to register visit

The Science of Compassion: Future Directions in End-of-Life and Palliative Care

August 10–12, 2011
Hyatt Regency, Bethesda, Md.

This summit will bring together scientists, researchers, health professionals, educators, policy makers, members of professional organizations, and individuals with life-limiting illnesses as well as their caregivers. The event begins Wednesday evening, August 10 (7:00–9:00 p.m.), with “The Ethics of Science at the End-of-Life: A Town Hall Discussion,” moderated by Susan Dentzer, editor-in-chief of Health Affairs. Leading experts in science, medicine, and bioethics will converse with the public on bioethical issues faced in both end-of-life research and in practice. The summit will continue on August 11–12, with a keynote presentation by Ira Byock (long-time palliative care physician and advocate for improved end-of-life care), three plenary discussions, and breakout sessions. To register and for more information, visit:

Genomics: Gene Discovery and Clinical Applications for Cardiovascular, Lung, and Blood Diseases

September 12–13, 2011
Natcher Conference Center (Building 45)
Deadline for abstracts: August 1
Online registration closes on September 1

This NHLBI symposium will highlight research and recent discoveries including results from large-scale collaborative studies, analysis techniques, directions in functional genomics, and translational research. Researchers in molecular biology and molecular genomics, bioinformatics, and genetic epidemiology, as well as physicians specializing in heart, lung, and blood diseases, will discuss emerging science and translation to the clinic. For more information, visit

Toxicogenomics Integrated with Environmental Sciences Conference

September 15–16, 2011
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C.
William and Ida Friday Center
Free for NIH staff
Early (discount) registration ends July 31

NIEHS, FDA, and other organizations are sponsoring an international meeting that will focus on how bioinformatics and emerging technologies help researchers better understand the environmental influences behind the development and progression of human disease. To register and for more information, visit

Pioneer Award Symposium

September 20–21, 2011
Doubletree Bethesda Hotel
8120 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda
Free and open to all; no registration required

The symposium will feature presentations by the 2006 “graduating class” of Pioneer Award recipients; talks by selected recipients of the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award; and poster sessions by Pioneer and New Innovator awardees. For an agenda and more information, visit; send questions to

Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy: Building on Success

September 22–23, 2011
Masur and Lipsett auditoriums (Building 10)
Deadline for Abstracts: August 1
Registration: Free; limited so register early

This NCI-sponsored conference will host leaders in cancer immunology and immunotherapy. Learn about the latest findings in T-cell transfer immunotherapy, immunotherapy based on genetic engineering of lymphocytes, vaccine-based therapies, transplantation-based therapies, and immune-modulatory approaches. For more information and to register, visit

NCI’s Neuro-Oncology Branch Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

The Neuro-Oncology Branch’s Brain Tumor Clinic brings advances in science and clinical medicine together. Bioinformaticians, statisticians, molecular biologists, oncologists, radiologists, and nurses work together to better understand and treat brain tumors. Patients receive access to new therapies and procedures that are often unavailable elsewhere. To learn more, visit