Announcements

BUILD YOUR CAREER, SHAPE YOUR FUTURE: NIH CAREER SYMPOSIUM

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Natcher Conference Center (Building 45)

The NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education invites all NIH graduate students and postdoctoral trainees, both basic scientists and clinicians, to participate in the sixth annual NIH Career Symposium on May 14, 2013 at the Natcher Conference Center from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The symposium provides an opportunity for graduate students and fellows to learn about scientific career options and to explore factors that lead to career success. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Alan Leshner, chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science beginning at 8:30 a.m. Panel sessions cover academic, government, industry, and non-profit career paths. More than 80 speakers will provide insights into their careers: what their current job entails, its pluses and minuses, and how they got there. For more information and to register visit www.training.nih.gov


CLINICAL RESEARCH DAY 2013

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Begins at 8:30 a.m.
Lipsett Amphitheater (Building 10)
Registration deadline: March 31

This event will highlight the NIH Clinical Center’s expanded engagement with extramural investigators who are interested in doing clinical research at the NIH, as well as opportunities for clinical and translational research at NIH. The day includes introductory remarks by NIH Director Francis Collins; scientific presentations from several NIH scientific leaders including intramural clinician-scientists; overview presentations on the Clinical Center and intramural research opportunities; and informal meetings with NIH clinical and translational researchers. Registration is free but required by March 31. For registration instructions and more information, visit http://sourcebook.od.nih.gov/clinicalresearchday.htm.


FARE IS BACK FOR FY2014!

Application deadline: March 20, 2013

NIH intramural trainees are invited to submit applications for the annual Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE) competition. Winners will receive a $1,000 travel award to attend a scientific meeting, present their work at the 2013 NIH Research Festival, and serve as judges for the next FARE competition. (NHLBI fellows do not receive the travel grant, but will still be acknowledged as a FARE winner if selected.) For more information and to submit applications and abstracts, visit https://www.training.nih.gov/felcom/fare.


MOLECULAR MECHANISMS REGULATING MAMMALIAN AGING

Thursday, March 28, 2013
12:00–1:00 p.m.
Lipsett Amphitheater (Building 10)

Toren Finkel, chief of NHLBI’s Center for Molecular Medicine, will present “Molecular Mechanisms Regulating Mammalian Aging” at this Geroscience Interest Group (GSIG) seminar. His research focuses on the role of cellular metabolism and oxidative stress in aging and age-related diseases. He is editor-in-chief of Drug Discovery Today–Disease Mechanisms and associate editor of Circulation Research. All are welcome to attend. The seminar will be videocast at http://videocast.nih.gov and archived. For more information about the seminar, go to http://calendar.nih.gov/app/MCalInfoView.aspx. To learn more about GSIG, visit http://sigs.nih.gov/geroscience/Pages/default.aspx.


THIRD ANNUAL NIH WSA SCHOLARS SEMINAR

Friday, March 29, 2013
12–1:00 p.m.
Wilson Hall (Building 1)

The two winners of the Women Scientists Advisors (WSA) Scholar Award—chosen from the female winners of the FARE awards each year—will give presentations on their work. Emmie de Wit (NIAID) will present “Modeling the Nipah Virus Transmission Cycle” and Zhifei Wang (NIMH) will present “Chronic Valproate Treatment Enhances Post-ischemic Angiogenesis and Promotes Functional Recovery in a Rat Model of Ischemic Stroke.” For more information on the WSA award, visit http://sigs.nih.gov/wsa/Pages/NIHWSAscholarAward.aspx.


BIO-TRAC COURSES ON STEM-CELL RESEARCH

Check Web site for dates

FAES along with the NIH Center for Regenerative Medicine (CRM) will be hosting three Bio-Trac courses that will provide hands-on training for critical applications for stem-cell research. TRAC CRM47: “iPSC II: Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (hiPSC); Differentiation to Neural Lineages.” TRAC CRM48: “Using TALENs for Genome Engineering.” TRAC CRM 49: “Making iPSC from Blood.” Registration is limited. For details and to register, go to http://www.biotrac.com. For more information, contact Mark Nardone (nardonem@faes.od.nih.gov).


BEDSIDE-TO-BENCH PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Letters of intent due April 3

A Bedside-to-Bench (B2B) Award funds research teams seeking to translate basic scientific findings into therapeutic interventions or to increase understanding of important disease processes. Up to $135,000 per year in direct costs for two years is available to support clinical-research intramural-extramural partnerships. All B2B teams should involve an intramural investigator plus one or more investigators from another NIH institute and/or one or more extramural partners. Both intramural and extramural NIH investigators are able to initiate applications for B2B research projects. All intramural investigators are eligible to serve as project leaders on proposals. For more information, go to http://www.cc.nih.gov/ccc/btb/awards.shtml or e-mail BedsidetoBench@mail.nih.gov.


EPIGENETICS IN DEVELOPMENT

April 4–5, 2013
Natcher Conference Center (Building 45)
Registration and Abstract Deadline: March 8, 2013

This symposium—sponsored by NCI-CCR’s Center of Excellence in Chromosome Biology—brings together internationally renowned experts in the fields of chromosome structure and function: chromatin modifications, RNA and chromatin interplay, stem cells and reprogramming, transcription, and transgenerational inheritance. The symposium is free and open to all those interested in chromatin and chromosome biology. For more information and to register or submit abstracts, visit http://ncifrederick.cancer.gov/Events/cecb2013/default.asp. Individuals with disabilities who need sign language interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Karen Kochersberger (301-228-4027) and/or the Federal Relay
(800-877-8339).


CANCER IMMUNOTHERAPY CLINICAL TRIALS: CONCEPTS AND CHALLENGES

April 4–5, 2013
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Masur Auditorium (Building 10)
Deadlines: Hotel reservations (March 27); Registration (March 28)

The Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer is offering a two-day workshop that will outline challenges involved in developing therapeutic trials in immunotherapy. Topics to be discussed include preclinical testing requirements for clinical development; innovative clinical-trial design; appropriate patient selection; end-point determination; developing combination therapies to improve long-term disease management and survival; and accelerating the development, validation, and approvals of anticancer agents. This program is free to government employees, but registration is required. For more information and to register visit http://www.sitcancer.org/sitc-meetings/cict13.


NHLBI MITOCHONDRIAL BIOLOGY SYMPOSIUM 2013

May 6–7, 2013
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (to 12:00 p.m. on May 7)
Natcher Conference Center (Building 45)
Abstract deadline: March 29, 2013

The 2013 “NHLBI Mitochondrial Biology Symposium: Mitochondrial Genetics in Health and Disease” is the third in a series of biennial conferences focusing on mitochondrial biology. The 2008 inaugural conference provided a broad overview of mitochondrial biology and its far-reaching impact in medicine; the 2011 conference focused on mitochondrial dynamics and communications. This year’s symposium will feature leading mitochondrial genetics researchers, and their presentations are expected to spark debate and foster collaborations among participants. To submit an abstract, register, or get more information, visit http://www.nhlbimitochondrialbiology.com.


NIEHS STEM-CELL SYMPOSIUM

April 11–12, 2013
8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. (to 3:30 p.m. on April 12)
NIEHS, Rodbell Auditorium
Research Triangle Park, N.C.

Are you interested in stem-cell research? Then the 2013 NIEHS Symposium on “Unlocking the Promise of Stem Cells” is for you. Some of the world’s leading experts in the field will discuss the molecular, cellular, genetic, and epigenetic mechanisms that regulate stem-cell function and activity. The symposium is free and open to the public. To register and submit poster presentation abstracts, visit http://tools.niehs.nih.gov/conference/dert_stem_2013/index.cfm. For more information, contact Raja Jothi (jothi@niehs.nih.gov) or Guang Hu (hug4@niehs.nih.gov).


FAES STEM-CELL INDUSTRY SYMPOSIUM

May 29, 2013
8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Building 31 (6th floor, C wing)

Come to the Stem-Cell Industry Symposium—organized by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences and the NIH Center for Regenerative Medicine—to learn about advances being made in the field. Last year’s symposium featured 17 companies with varying expertise and led to major discounts from key companies. To register go to http://citfm.cit.nih.gov/bio/registration.html. For other questions, contact Joshua Hunsberger (hunsbergerj@mail.nih.gov).


STEM-CELL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

May 30–31, 2013
8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Lister Hill (Building 38A)

NIH’s Center for Regenerative Medicine (NIH CRM) is helping to build the infrastructure to enable the intramural community to advance the field of regenerative medicine. The research symposium will showcase projects funded through the NIH CRM pilot award program as well as other stem-cell projects that have translational potential. This event is an opportunity for investigators to provide critical updates on their work. It will also foster the sharing of resources including new protocols and cell lines developed by NIH CRM–funded investigators; encourage the development of collaborations; and address the roadblocks impeding clinical translation. To register, go to http://citfm.cit.nih.gov/ncrm-scig/symposium.html. For other questions, contact Joshua Hunsberger (hunsbergerj@mail.nih.gov).