Seven new original Ramón y Cajal drawings arrived on the NIH campus in December and were immediately placed on public exhibition in the Porter Neuroscience Building (Building 35A), along with new 3-D prints illuminating details of each drawing, as well as new labels. Cajal, known as the father of modern neuroscience, was a prolific medical artist and produced hundreds of drawings depicting the organization of nerve cells in the brain. This set of drawings, which are on loan from the Cajal Institute in Madrid, will be on exhibition for an entire year (as opposed to the six-month duration of each of the previous two installations). To read more about the partnership, go to


March 14, 2017, 11:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Porter Neuroscience Research Center (Building 35A)

For more information and to register to give a PiCo talk or poster/demo:

Deadline for submissions: February 10, 2017 (Acceptance decisions will be sent by February 17)

The NIH will hold its third annual Pi Day Celebration to increase awareness across the biomedical science community of the role that the quantitative sciences play in biomedical science. As part of the celebration, NIH staff will have the opportunity to give short presentations called “PiCo Talks” or display posters or demos. If you want to share information about an interesting project or idea related to the role of the quantitative sciences in the biomedical sciences, please submit a proposal for a talk or poster/demo at the website listed above. Attendees will vote for their favorite poster and talk, and the winners will be invited to give a talk in the fall at a joint meeting of the Data Science in Biomedicine and Bioinformatics Special Interest Groups.

Pi Day will also feature a keynote address by Bonnie Berger (Simons Professor of Mathematics at MIT, holds a joint appointment in electrical engineering and computer science, and serves as head of the Computation and Biology group at MIT's Computer Science and AI Lab).

NIH Pi Day is a joint effort of multiple ICs and the NIH Office of the Director, including the NIH Library and the Office of Intramural Research, and the former Office of the Associate Director for Data Science. Additional support is provided by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences and the NIH Bioinformatics Special Interest Group. For all events, sign language interpreters can be provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Jacqueline Roberts,, 301-594-6747, or the Federal Relay, 800-877-8339. 


Win a travel award and enhance your CV

Submit an abstract (February 16–March 16) at

The Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE) competition provides recognition for outstanding intramural scientific research. FARE 2018 winners will each receive a $1,000 travel award to facilitate the presentation of their exciting, novel research at a scientific meeting. Eligible fellows may submit an abstract of their current research online. Abstracts will be evaluated anonymously on the basis of scientific merit, originality, experimental design, and overall quality and presentation. The top 25 percent of applicants will receive a travel award to be used between October 1, 2017, and September 30, 2018. (NHLBI fellows do not receive the travel grant, but will still be acknowledged as FARE winners if selected.) Winners will be announced by August 15. For more information, go to and search for “FARE” or contact the FARE 2018 committee at


Tuesdays, January 10–May 23, 2017; 4:00–6:00 p.m.

Ground floor auditorium, Building 50 (unless otherwise noted)

To sign up and for more information, go to

The NIH- and FAES-sponsored course “Demystifying Medicine” is designed to excite the interest of Ph.D. and M.D. students, fellows, researchers, and others in bridging the gap between amazing advances in basic science and the challenges of clinical disease. There are no formal requirements to attend as many of the weekly sessions as desired. The format involves a translational physician, a basic scientist, and usually a live patient who puts a human face on the disease.


NLM Lister Hill Auditorium (Building 38A)


The National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine Division has announced its lectures for 2017. All lectures will be live-streamed globally via NIH VideoCasting and subsequently archived there. Additionally, all lectures will involve companion interviews with the lecturers on the division’s blog, Circulating Now, pieces which will spotlight associated NLM historical collections, programs, and initiatives. You can read interviews with previous lecturers here. You are invited to subscribe to Circulating Now and to visit the History of Medicine Division reading room to learn more about the division’s collections, related programs, and services. Just stop by during our regular operating hours, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday (except for Federal holidays), or contact Stephen Greenberg, the division’s coordinator of public services (301-827-4577;

Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 2:00-3:00 p.m.: “Collaboration and Curation: Creating the Exhibition Collaboration and Care,” Loren Miller (Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 2:00-3:30 p.m.: The Inaugural 2017 Michael E. DeBakey Lecture: “Intentional Impact:” The Legacy of Michael E. DeBakey Beyond the Operating Room,” Shelley McKellar (Western University, Canada); and “A Brief Look at Michael E. DeBakey Roll in Establishing the National Library of Medicine as It Is Today,” George P. Noon, (Baylor College of Medicine)

Thursday, April 6, 2017, 2:00-3:30 p.m.: A World War I Centenary Forum: Stories from the Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 2:00-3:00 p.m.: Special Event: Celebrating 20 Years of Harry Potter, “A Look into the Pensieve: Reflections on Harry Potter at Twenty Years,” Elizabeth Bland (NLM)

Thursday, June 29, 2017, 2:00-3:00 p.m.: Special Event: Celebrating 20 Years of Harry Potter, “Monsters in the Stacks: How Harry Potter Came to NLM,” Stephen Greenberg (NLM)


Held monthly, Fridays, 12:00–1:00 p.m.

Wilson Hall (Building 1)



The DDS exclusively features midcareer and recently tenured investigators from the NIH intramural research program, those who are well on their way to establishing themselves as research leaders. Speakers are nominated by their scientific directors.

January 27, 2017: Mihaela Serpe (NICHD), “Molecular Mechanisms of Synapse Assembly and Maturation”

February 24, 2017: Veronica Alvarez (NIAAA), “The Neurobiology Underlying Vulnerability to Drug Abuse”

March 17, 2017: Helen Su (NIAID), “Insights into Host Defense against Virus Infections through Studying Human Primary Immunodeficiencies”


Wednesdays, 12:00–1:00 p.m.

Lipsett Amphitheater (Building 10)




Wednesdays, 3:00–4:00 p.m.

Masur Auditorium (Building 10)



January 11, 2017: Jeffrey Friedman (Rockefeller University), “Leptin and the Neural Circuit Regulation of Food Intake and Glucose Metabolism”

January 18, 2017: Hollis Cline (The Scripps Research Institute), “The Dynamic Connectome”

January 25, 2017: Christine Mummery (Leiden University Medical Center), “Human Pluripotent Stem Cells: The New Patient?”

February 1, 2017: G. Burroughs Mider Lecture: Louis M. Staudt (NCI), “Therapy of Lymphoma Inspired by Functional and Structural Genomics”

February 8, 2017: Marshall W. Nirenberg Lecture: George Church (Harvard Medical School); lecture title forthcoming

February 15, 2017: Kim Lewis (Northeastern University), “New Antibiotics from the Microbial Dark Matter”

February 22, 2017: Dan R. Littman (New York University School of Medicine), “The Microbiota as Instructor and Arbiter of Immune Responses in Health and Disease”

March 1, 2017: Angela Christiano (Columbia University Medical Center), “JAK Be Nimble: New Drug Targets for Hair Loss Disorders”

March 8, 2017: Carla M. Pugh (University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Surgery), “Sensors, Motion Tracking, and Data Science: The Quest to Train MD’s Like Elite Athletes”

March 22, 2017: Jennifer West (Duke University), “Manipulating Cells with Materials”


Fridays, 12:00–1:00 p.m.

Lipsett Amphitheater, Building 10


For More Information: 301-496-4345

NCI’s Center for Cancer Research (CCR) Grand Rounds is a weekly lecture series addressing current research in clinical and molecular oncology. Speakers are leading national and international researchers and clinicians.

January 6, 2017: Kevin Gardner (NICHD), “Exploring Molecular Linkage to Modifiable Risk in Breast Cancer”

January 27, 2017: 
Romina Goldszmid (NCI), Topic TBA


Monthly on Mondays, 3:00–4:00 p.m.

Lipsett Amphitheater, Building 10


For More Information: 301-496-4345

This monthly lecture series has been established to bring in prominent speakers to stimulate discussion of cutting-edge research areas and facilitate exchange of ideas, possibly leading to fruitful collaborations.

February 27, 2017: Max S. Wicha (University of Michigan), lecture title forthcoming.