Announcements

THE 2017 JSPS-NIH FORUM

The Japan–U.S. Scientific Symposium (JSPS) Washington Office and the Fogarty International Center at NIH are hosting the JSPS-NIH Forum, featuring special scientific lectures—“Structural Basis for Subtype-specific Inhibition of the P2X7 Receptor” from Toshi Kawate (Cornell University; former NIH researcher) and “Schlafen 11, a Rising Star Gene in Cancer Therapy” from Junko Murai (research fellow, NCI)—with additional presentations from former and current JSPS-NIH Fellows (KAITOKU-NIH) and the introduction of new JSPS-NIH fellows. The event encourages networking between NIH researchers and JSPS-NIH Fellows.


Pi DAY CELEBRATION

  • Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Porter Neuroscience Research Center (Building 35A) except for tour
  • For more information and to register: http://nihpiday.nih.gov/
  • The goal of the NIH Pi Day Celebration is to increase awareness across the biomedical science community of the role that the quantitative sciences play in biomedical science. 

Events:

  • 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Data Center Tours, Building #12A, Room 1100 (Registration required)
  • 11:00 a.m.-noon: PiCo Lightning Talks by NIH staff, Room 630
  • Noon-1:00 p.m.: Poster/Demo Session and Networking, Foyer
  • 1:00-2:00 p.m.: Data Science Distinguished Seminar Series, Lecture Bonnie Berger (Simons Professor of Mathematics at MIT) on “The Mathematics of Biomedical Data Science,” Room 620/630 (View videocast at: https://videocast.nih.gov/summary.asp?live=21891&bhcp=1)
  • 2:30-4:30 p.m.: Research Reproducibility Workshop, Porter Building 35A, Room 610 (Registration required)

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th around the world. The Greek letter Pi is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant—the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter—which is approximately 3.14159. Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize, and to computationally calculate more and more digits.

NIH Pi Day is a joint effort of multiple ICs, including CIT, NCI, NHGRI, and NLM, NIH Library, and the Office of Intramural Research. Additional support is provided by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) 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 (Jacqueline.Roberts@nih.gov or 301-594-6747) or the Federal Relay (800-877-8339).


THE NIH BIG READ 2017 FEATURES SIDDHARTHA MUKHERJEE AND THE GENE: AN INTIMATE HISTORY

  • Book Groups on Various Dates
  • Main event on Monday, April 17, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Masur Auditorium (Building 10)

The NIH Library and the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) are pleased to present the NIH Big Read, featuring a series of book discussions about a single book and culminating in a final event featuring the author of the book. The 2017 inaugural NIH Big Read book will be The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee, the Pulitzer Prize winning, best-selling author of The Emperor of All Maladies. A meet and greet with Dr. Mukherjee on the FAES Terrace will follow the presentation. Book Discussion participants will have priority access to tickets for the event in Masur Auditorium. Want to get started reading right away? The FAES Bookstore in Building 10 is offering The Gene: An Intimate History at 30 percent off. For more information, contact the NIH Library at 301-496-1080 or e-mail nihlibrary@nih.gov.


POSTBACCALAUREATE POSTER DAY 2017

  • Thursday, May 4, 2017, 10:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
  • Keynote at noon
  • Natcher Conference Center (Building 45)

Postbac Poster Day provides an opportunity for postbacs to share the research they have been conducting at the NIH and at the same time develop their scientific communication and networking skills. Posters will be reviewed by teams composed of graduate students, postdocs, and staff scientists and clinicians. The authors of the top 20 percent of posters will receive a letter acknowledging their accomplishments. Investigators, staff scientists, and scientific administrators can make a particularly important contribution to Postbac Poster Day by visiting posters and engaging their authors in discussion. For more information, visit https://www.training.nih.gov/postbac_poster_day.


PFIZER’S CENTERS FOR THERAPEUTIC INNOVATION AT NIH ACCEPTING PROPOSALS

  • Submission portal opens: March 13, 2017
  • Deadline to submit to Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs): April 21, 2017
  • Deadline for TTOs to submit to Pfizer CTI: April 28, 2017
  • More information: https://ncats.nih.gov/cti/proposals

The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) continues to manage the National Institutes of Health’s collaboration with Pfizer’s Centers for Therapeutic Innovation (CTI) network (http://ncats.nih.gov/cti). The Pfizer CTI network at NIH is designed to help bridge the gap between early scientific discovery and its translation into new medicines through public-private resource sharing. It pairs leading NIH intramural researchers with Pfizer resources to pursue scientific and medical advances through joint therapeutic development. The CTI model is the first NIH-wide biologics initiative with a pharmaceutical partner that NCATS coordinates on behalf of all NIH intramural researchers. Goals include identifying biologic compounds with activity in a pathway or target of interest to both the NIH and Pfizer researchers, and then together moving the compounds into the clinic to test them. Visit https://ncats.nih.gov/cti/proposals for details about how to apply, key deadlines, therapeutic areas of interest and criteria for success. To set a meeting that can include nonconfidential discussion about pre-proposal ideas, contact Pfizer CTI Representative Nader Halim at Nader.Halim@pfizer.com and copy NIH-PfizerCTI@mail.nih.gov.


NIH CAREER SYMPOSIUM

  • Build your career; shape your future
  • Thursday, May 11, 2017, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Natcher Conference Center (Building 45)

The NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education invites all NIH graduate students and postdoctoral trainees, both basic scientists and clinicians, to participate in the NIH Career Symposium, which provides an opportunity for fellows and graduate students to learn about scientific-career options and to explore factors that lead to career success. This all-day program will include more than 20 breakout sessions highlighting career opportunities available to biomedical scientists. Panel sessions cover academic, government, industry, and nonprofit 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 http://www.training.nih.gov.


POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE (PRAT) PROGRAM

  • Accepting Applications
  • Deadline: October 3, 2017

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences’ Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRAT) program is accepting applications through October 3. PRAT fellows conduct research in scientific areas within the institute’s mission while in an NIH intramural research program (IRP) lab. Before applying, applicants must identify a potential preceptor in the NIH IRP and develop a research proposal. PRAT fellows receive three years of stipend support and additional benefits such as health insurance, a travel allowance, and professional-development training activities, including a monthly seminar series designed for fellows. A webinar for potential applicants will be held on March 28 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.nigms.nih.gov/Training/Pages/PRAT.aspx or contact Jessica Faupel-Badger at badgerje@mail.nih.gov.


2017 NIMHD WILLIAM G. COLEMAN JR. PH.D. MINORITY HEALTH AND HEALTH DISPARITIES RESEARCH INNOVATION AWARD

  • Application deadline: March 15

The competitive Coleman Award program is designed to support the development of innovative research ideas and concepts contributed by postdoctoral fellows, staff scientists, and staff clinicians within the intramural research program that have the potential for high impact in any area of minority-health and health-disparities research. Funds will be available for award to postdoctoral fellows, staff scientists, and staff clinicians under the mentorship of either NIMHD intramural or NIMHD adjunct intramural investigators. William G. Coleman Jr. was a distinguished member of the scientific community. He became the first permanent African-American scientific director in the history of the NIH Intramural Research Program in January 2011 when he was appointed to direct the NIMHD Intramural Research Program. He was responsible for directing NIMHD’s trans-disciplinary portfolio focusing primarily on the biological and nonbiological determinants of health disparities. His research included substantial work on the biosynthesis of lipopolysaccharide and on the innate and adaptive immune response to Helicobacter pylori infection. H. pylori, a type of bacteria that causes infection in the stomach, is associated with gastritis, ulcers and gastric cancers, which affect millions of Americans and is more common among Mexican Americans and non-Hispanic blacks. Coleman was known for his belief in the power of mentorship, and he dedicated himself to mentoring and training future scientists, from school-age through postdoc, particularly in the area of disparities research. Level of support: The William G. Coleman Jr.  Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Innovation Award will make available $8,000-15,000 for supplies and services to be used in FY17. Application: Interested applicants may submit, as research teams or individuals, a three-page proposal (excluding references) including background, central hypothesis, detailed specific aims and a discussion of the expected outcome and possible anticipated pitfalls to the approach. Also, included must be a summary budget and detailed explanation and description of how successful completion of the proposal will have an effect on advancing the science of minority-health and/or health-disparities research. Applicants must also submit their current CV and a letter of support from their mentor(s) that provides a statement describing their support for the research and how participation and successful completion of the proposed research will be important for the career development of the applicant. All applications must be submitted by midnight on March 15, 2017, to Janice Jones at janice.jones@nih.gov. The awards will be announced on April 21, 2017.


NINR’S INTRAMURAL PROGRAM TO HOST SYMPOSIUM ON SYMPTOM SCIENCE RESEARCH

  • Symptom Science Research: A Path to Precision Health
  • Tuesday, April 25, 8:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Masur Auditorium, (Building 10)

The intramural research program at the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) is hosting a symposium on symptom-science research, which will include scientific panels on “The Role of the Gut-Liver-Brain Axis on Inflammation, Addiction and Infection”; “The Role of Inflammatory and Glutamatergic Pathways on Fatigue”; and “Identifying Biomarkers to Improve Clinical Care of Patients with Brain Injury.” The keynote address will be given by Michael Gottesman, NIH deputy director for intramural research. There will also be a poster session to highlight the research conducted by NINR fellows and trainees and their collaborators. For more information and to register for this event, visit www.ninr.nih.gov/symptom-science-event. To watch the symposium online, visit http://videocast.nih.gov


PSYCHONEUROENDOCRINOLOGY SCIENTIFIC INTEREST GROUP (SIG) INAUGURAL MEETING

  • Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
  • Building 10, FAES Classes Rooms 1 and 2

The meeting will feature a welcome, general discussion, and brainstorming on the NIH Psychoneuroendocrinology SIG’s scope and mission. The lecture will be on “Biological Stress Reactivity and Alcohol Use Disorders–From Early Intramural NIAAA to the Present.” For more information, contact the SIG chairs: Lorenzo Leggio (NIAAA/NIDA) and Wendy Henderson (NINR) .


MANAGEMENT INTERN PROGRAM UNLOCKS NEW CAREER PATHS!

Have you heard of the NIH Management Intern (MI) Program? It is a highly competitive, two-year career-development program for current NIH employees. MIs come from a variety of job backgrounds, including both scientific and administrative fields. Recent MIs have joined the program from positions as diverse as intramural program specialist, police officer, contract specialist, high-voltage electrician, and extramural support assistant.

MIs rotate through different administrative career fields to gain invaluable insight into the NIH while contributing to the work of NIH through targeted assignments and challenging projects. After two years and upon completion of the program, MIs transition into an administrative-management career in one of many areas throughout NIH. Although under the hiring freeze NIH is not currently recruiting MIs, you can still learn more about the program, find out how to contact MI program staff or current MIs, or hear about future program dates at https://trainingcenter.nih.gov/intern/mi/.


SAVE THE DATES: 2017 NIMHD HEALTH DISPARITIES RESEARCH INSTITUTE

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) will host the Health Disparities Research Institute (HDRI) in August. The HDRI aims to support the research-career development of promising minority-health or health-disparities research scientists early in their careers and stimulate research in the disciplines supported by health-disparities science. The program will feature lectures, mock grant review, seminars, and small group discussions on research relevant to minority health and health disparities. It will also include sessions with NIH scientific staff engaged in related health-disparities research across the various institutes and centers. For more information, visit https://nimhd.nih.gov/programs/edu-training/hd-research-institute.