• LETTER OF INTENT DUE: November 11, 2018
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  • DEADLINE: December 11, 2018, 5:00 p.m.
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Intramural investigators are invited to apply for these funding opportunities. On September 19, 2018, NIDA issued two funding opportunities for cooperative agreements to support components of the HEALing Communities Study  an integrated approach to test interventions for opioid misuse and addiction in communities hit hard by the opioid crisis. This study is a part of the recently launched NIH initiative, Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL), a trans-agency multi-part effort that uses science to bring hope for families and communities affected by the opioid crisis. NIH partnered with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to launch this study.

For more information on the funding opportunities, go to:

In addition, NIDA has published a blog, “The HEALing Communities Study: Using Science to Address the Opioid Crisis,” by NIDA Director Nora Volkow and NIH Director Francis Collins, on how this and other initiatives will stimulate scientific solutions to the opioid crisis.


Do you use electronic lab notebooks (ELNs), or are you interested in implementing an ELN for your lab? Join us at the NIH Library for a moderated discussion session to help us better understand the current interest in and uptake of ELNs within the NIH community. Information gathered during these sessions will also help us plan a one-day ELN meeting in 2019 to further explore current ELN practices and opportunities at NIH.

Topics to be discussed in the one-hour sessions include:

  • Criteria for selecting ELNs
  • Experience implementing ELNs
  • ELN best practices

Register now to participate in one of the two discussion sessions; both will be held in NIH Library

Training Room 1, NIH Library, Building 10.

  • November 7, 1:00–2:00 p.m.
  • November 8, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

For more information, contact: Doug Joubert at or the the NIH Library at 301-496-1080 or


Please join the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) and the NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Coordinating Committee for the 2018 NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Festival: Connecting People to Advance Health.

This year’s Keynote Speaker is Adriana Lleras-Muney, professor of economics at UCLA, and a 2017 recipient of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on early-stage, independent researchers in science and engineering. Her recent research documented that cash transfers given to poor women early in the 20th century led to substantial improvements in lives of their children, including obtaining more education, higher incomes, and longer lifespans. This was the first paper estimating the lifetime causal effects of anti-poverty cash programs on children growing up in poverty. The title of Dr. Lleras-Muney’s presentation is “The Long-term Effects of Cash Transfers and other Anti-Poverty Programs in the U.S.”
The festival will be divided into three thematic sessions and will include diverse speakers for each session: Research in Basic Social and Behavioral Processes; Population and Epidemiology Research; and Intervention Research in the Behavioral and Social Sciences.

In addition, the festival will include a new agenda feature–a roundtable discussion session. The purpose of each roundtable is to brainstorm potentially actionable suggestions to improve and accelerate behavioral and social sciences research at the NIH. Sign-up sheets for each table/topic will be located at the event’s registration desk.

Director’s Seminar Series for 2018-2019

All are at 12:00–1:00 p.m.

Building 1, Wilson Hall

Seminars will be videocast on

  • Friday, October 12: Hong Xu, Ph.D. (NHLBI), How mothers give the best and enough mitochondria
  • Friday, November 16: Jessica Gill, Ph.D. (NINR), Blood-based biomarkers that shape recovery from traumatic brain Injuries
  • Friday, January 11: Raphaela Goldbach-Mansky, M.D. (NIAID), Translational studies in patients with autoinflammatory diseases…from bedside to bench and back
  • Friday, February 8: Antonina Roll-Mecak, Ph.D. (NINDS), Everything you want to know about microtubules but were afraid to ask
  • Friday, March 8: Justin Taraska, Ph.D. (NHLBI), Imaging the dynamic nanoscale structure of the plasma membrane
  • Friday, April 5: Lucy Forrest, D.Phil. (NINDS), Satisfying symmetry: uncovering functional insights from patterns in membrane protein structures
  • Friday, April 26: Peter Crompton, M.D. (NIAID), Unraveling the mechanisms of immunity to malaria
  • Friday, May 3: Bibiana Bielekova, M.D. (NIAID), Cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers: path to personalized neurology
  • Friday, June 7: Michail Lionakis, M.D., D.Sc. (NIAID), Of humans and mice: Fundamental mechanisms of issue-specific antifungal immunity



This annual lecture honors Dr. Stephen E. Straus, Founding Director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Tracy W. Gaudet, M.D., inaugural executive director of the Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is the 2018 lecturer. The challenges for the American health care system have been massive in recent years, and a key cause is our “disease-driven approach” (National Academy of Medicine). Could we approach health care differently? The VA has been on the cutting edge of change, including by designing and implementing a “personalized, proactive, and patient-driven” model especially for patients with chronic diseases and conditions. It simultaneously provides opportunities for health services research. The “Whole Health System” is now in place at 18 flagship VA facilities. Dr. Gaudet will discuss her agency’s journey to and with this new model, and its exciting potential for the Nation. The speaker formerly directed the integrative medicine programs at Duke Health and the University of Arizona. To request sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, contact or the Federal Relay Service (1-800-877-8339) by November 21.


cartoon--a doctor and researcher running toward each other on a bridge

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. The January 8 session will feature NIAID Director Anthony Fauci who will be speaking about “Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases: A Perpetual Challenge” and Jeffrey Taubenberger(NIAID) , who will be speaking about “The Next Influenza Pandemic.”    

  • January 8: Anthony Fauci, M.D. (NIAID), “Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases: A Perpetual Challenge”; Jeffrey Taubenberger M.D. Ph.D. (NIAID), “The Next Influenza Pandemic”
  • January 15: Anthony Suffredini, M.D. (CC) and Robert Munford, M.D. (NIAID), “Sepsis and the NIH Critical Care Center”
  • January 22: Clifton Barry, Ph.D. (NIAID) and Ray Chen, M.D., Ph.D. (NIAID), “Tuberculosis: The Great White Plague Keeps Coming Back”
  • January 29: Arturo Casadevall, M.D., Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins)and Lionakis Michais M.D., D.Sc. (CC), “Fungus Infections: Neglected, Dangerous and Increasing”
  • February 5: Stefan Sievert, Ph.D. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute) and John Dekker, M.D. Ph.D. (CC), “Exploring Deep Sea Ecosystems and Human Disease”
  • February 12: Marc Ghany, M.D. (CC) and Anuradha Budhu Ph.D. (NCI), “Hepatocellular Cancer: Progress in a Devastating Disease”
  • February 19: Louis Reichert Ph.D. (Simons Foundation), and Toren Finkel M.D., Ph.D.(University of Pittsburgh; NHLBI) “Mounts Everest and K2: Too Little and Too Much Oxygen”
  • February 26: Steven Rosenberg, M.D., Ph.D. (NCI) and colleague, “Immunotherapy of Cancer”
  • March 5: Steve Pinker, Ph.D. (Harvard), “Bridging Science and Humanities” (SPECIAL LECTURE to be held in Masur Auditorium, Building 10)
  • March 12: Ronald Summers, M.D., Ph.D. (CC) and Baris Turkbey, M.D. (NCI), “Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Radiology”
  • March 19: Stephen Chanock, M.D. (NCI) and Marston Linehan, M.D. (NCI), “Inheritable Cancer”
  • March 26: Shawn Burgess, Ph.D. (NHGRI) and Andrew Griffith, M.D., Ph.D. (NIDCD), “Regaining and Losing Hearing: from Zebrafish to Humans”
  • April 2: Abner Notkins, M.D. (NIDCR) and Courtney Duckworth (University of Virginia), “Mechanisms and Living with Type 1 Diabetes”
  • April 9: Roger Glass, M.D., Ph.D. (Fogarty/NIH) and John Coffin, Ph.D. (NCI/Tufts), “Global Challenges in Infection with HIV and Other Viruses”
  • April 16: Douglas Rosing, M.D. (NHLBI) and Manfred Boehman, M.D. (NHLBI), “Cardiovascular Failure and Regeneration”
  • April 23: Ronald Germain, M.D., Ph.D. (NIAID) and James Katz, M.D. (NIAMS), “Autoimmunity: Basic and Clinical Advances and Challenges”
  • April 30: Andrew Singleton, Ph.D. (NIA) and Sonja Scholz, M.D., Ph.D.(NINDS), “Dementias in the Genomic Era”
  • May 7: Michael Gottesman, M.D. (OD), Win Arias, M.D. (CC), Sharon Milgram, Ph.D. (OD), and others, “Future for Ph.D.s”