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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) campuses host a variety of events that inform, challenge, and unite the biomedical research community. IRP investigators lead or participate in many of these events, and they regularly present their work at scientific conferences at the NIH and around the world. We invite you to learn about (and possibly join us in) some of our upcoming events. Unless otherwise noted, times listed are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 10:00 am to 11:00 am

ATRF/Auditorium (E1600), Frederick, MD

The Molecular Discovery Seminar Series continues with a lecture by Michael Rossmann, Ph.D., of Purdue University, titled “The Structure of Zika Virus". Dr. Rossmann is the Hanley Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences at Purdue University, where he has worked as a faculty member since 1964. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, a foreign member of the British Royal Society, and a 2000-2006 member of the National Science Board. 

Lecture summary: The 3.8A resolution structure of the mature Zika virus will be presented. The recent rapid spread of Zika virus and its unexpected linkage to birth defects and an autoimmune-neurological syndrome has generated worldwide concern. Zika virus is a flavivirus like dengue, yellow fever and West Nile viruses. The structure of Zika virus is similar to other known flavivirus structures except for the 10 amino acids that surround the Asn154 glycosylation site found in each of the 180 envelope glycoproteins that make up the icosahedral shell. The carbohydrate moiety associated with this residue, recognizable in the cryo-EM electron density, may function as an attachment site of the virus to host cells. This region varies not only among Zika virus strains but also in other flaviviruses and suggests that changes in this region influence virus transmission and disease.

This event will also be a Videocast to Bldg. 376, Room 121, at the National Cancer Institute at Frederick. Contact Ping Zhang if you would like to personally meet with the seminar speaker.

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Room 1417, 6710B Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, MD

The Biomarkers in Pediatric Therapeutics Scientific Interest Group presents a remote lecture, “Study Designs, Biomarkers, and Endpoints in Pediatric Asthma Medication Evaluation,” by Stanley Szefler, M.D., director of the Pediatric Asthma Research Program, Children’s Hospital Colorado. This lecture will review information related to the application of biomarkers for the management of asthma. This topic will include the application of biomarkers in predicting asthma exacerbations and individualizing treatment selection across asthma severity and various age groups. Szefler’s major contributions are directed toward the appropriate use of long-term control therapy in asthma, including the recognition of variability in response to asthma therapy. He has identified biomarkers and asthma characteristics that can be used to individualize asthma therapy at all levels of severity. 

(The speaker is unable to attend in person and will address the attendees via an in-room Webcast. The reaction and discussion portions immediately following the lecture will be held in person.)

Monday, March 27, 2017, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm



The NIH Office of Disease Prevention is hosting a “Medicine: Mind the Gap” webinar titled “Mixed Methods in Disease Prevention and HealthPromotion Research” by Leonard A. Jason, Ph.D., director of the Center for Community ResearchProfessor of Psychology, College of Science and Health at DePaul University. Registration is required for this webinar.

Quantitative research methods have the most power to appeal to collaborators in funding and policy, while qualitative studies can enhance the validity or trustworthiness of inferences and assertions by providing mutual confirmation of findings. Mixing qualitative and quantitative research methods can provide deeper exploration of causal mechanisms, interpretation of variables, and contextual factors that may mediate or moderate the topic of study. Additionally, formative mixed methods can be instrumental in learning how to access and develop trusting relationships with different sectors of a community (Jason and Glenwick, 2012), and combining these methods can be most effective when undertaking community-based issues. In this webinar, participants will get an introduction to the different approaches used in conducting mixed-methods research, including the benefits and challenges.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Porter Neuroscience Research Center (Bldg. 35)

Please join us for the 2017 Single Cell Sequencing Symposium, hosted by the DNA Sequencing and Genomics Core of NHLBI. This symposium features a series of scientific presentations on single-cell sequencing research projects by scientists from NHLBI, as well as current cutting-edge single-cell sequencing technology presented by leading companies such as 10X Genomics, Illumina-BioRad, Takara and Nugen. Registration is free but required for this event. Onsite registration will be available, but seats are limited. 

Friday, March 31, 2017

Natcher Conference Center (Bldg. 45)

Join us for The Metastatic Niche: Models, Mechanisms and Translating Targets, a one-day symposium hosted by the National Cancer Institute. This symposium brings together world-leading researchers in the field of metastasis, stem cells, tumor microenvironment and cancer progression in the vibrant setting of Bethesda, MD steps from the nation’s capital. The meeting is just prior to the AACR Annual Meeting being held in Washington, D.C. Online registration is required for this meeting.  

Metastasis remains the most challenging aspect of cancer biology. Metastatic outcome is dictated by both cell intrinsic and cell extrinsic signals that determine metastatic tumor cell survival and growth. A conducive microenvironment in distant tissue sites is composed of hematopoietic and stromal cells as well as extracellular matrix. This dynamic environment can support disseminated tumor cells, similar to a stem cell niche. Please register at

Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 2:00 pm to 3:10 pm

Natcher Conference Center (Bldg 45), Balcony A 

Please join us as Namandjé N. Bumpus, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Clinical Pharmacology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, presents the 2017 NIGMS Director’s Early Career Investigator Lecture, titled "Drug Metabolism, Pharmacogenetics and the Quest to Personalize HIV Treatment and Prevention."

In 2016, the NIGMS director established an annual lecture to encourage undergraduate students to pursue careers in biomedical research. These lectures are presented by early career investigators who are working on the cutting edge of science. Speakers give a 30-minute talk about their research to an audience of undergraduate students, followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer session, where speakers answer career-focused questions.​​ Each lecture is videocast for viewing live or later.

We encourage students to send their questions for Dr. Bumpus by March 29 to or #ecilecture on Twitter.

Thursday, April 13, 2017, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Conference Room 10, Bldg. 31/6C (also available to stream on WebEx)

The NIH Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) and the NIH Center for Information Technology (CIT) are pleased to announce the NIH IC Applications Show & Tell. This is an opportunity for individuals and IT stakeholders from across the NIH to share effective, innovative tools that support NIH’s extramural, intramural and administrative management activities (for example, computational software, workflow applications or new technology solutions). The goal is to share IC experiences, expertise and methodologies to promote collaboration and meet common needs. With your contributions presenters will offer brief demonstrations of a variety of tools from Intramural, Extramural, Administrative, and Technology programs.

If you have a tool that you would like to demo for your peers, e-mail us at by COB Friday, February 24, to sign up and be a presenter at the NIH IC Applications Show & Tell. Please register for both in-person and online attendance.

Monday, April 17, 2017, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Masur Auditorium, NIH Clinical Center (Bldg. 10)

The NIH Library and the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) are pleased to present “The NIH Big Read,” a series of book discussions held at NIH. The 2017 inaugural NIH Big Read book will be “The Gene: An Intimate History” by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, the Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling author of “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.”

The NIH Big Read program kicks off with an opportunity to discuss the book with your colleagues and NIH Librarians at one of three book discussion events: on March 2, March 16, or April 15. Register and find details on the NIH Library website. In anticipation of high interest in the April 17 program featuring Mukherjee, those who sign up for the NIH Library-led book discussions will have priority access to seating for the event in Masur Auditorium. Each discussion group also will have an opportunity to influence the program by crafting and submitting a question to be incorporated into the final event. Look for more information about The NIH Big Read as the individual events draw closer.  

Monday, April 24, 2017 to Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Natcher Conference Center (Bldg. 45)

Join us for the NCI RNA Biology 2017 Symposium. Organized by the CCR Initiative in RNA Biology, this symposium will bring together internationally renowned experts in the field of RNA Biology, with the focus on RNA processing, RNA structure and mechanism, non-classical RNAs, and RNA therapy.

RNA biology has emerged as one of the most influential areas in modern biology and biomedicine. The discovery of numerous new classes of RNAs and their function in a wide spectrum of biological processes has revolutionized molecular biology and has profound implications for clinical sciences. Key areas of current research include the elucidation of RNA biogenesis and structure, the identification of functions for various classes of RNAs, establishing the role of RNA in disease, and the exploration of RNA-based- and RNA-targeted therapies. Registration for RNA Biology 2017 is free but seating is limited, so please register online. For additional information please contact Julia Lam at

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 8:00 am to 2:30 pm

Masur Auditorium, NIH Clinical Center (Bldg. 10)

The NINR Intramural Research Program will host a scientific symposium, "Symptom Science Research: A Path to Precision Health", highlighting NINR Intramural’s scientific advances and collaborations across the National Institutes of Health and other organizations. The NINR Intramural Research Program is dedicated to conducting basic and clinical research on the biological, genetic, and behavioral mechanisms underlying symptoms of chronic conditions. The ultimate scientific goal is to enhance patient outcomes for individuals with conditions such as digestive disorders, cancer-related fatigue, and traumatic brain injury.  The symposium 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 symposium is open to the public, but registration is required.