Monday, September 13, 2021, 1:00 pm to Monday, September 27, 2021, 3:00 pm (registration required)
The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) is hosting a virtual boot camp that will explore the impact that artificial intelligence (AI) has in the evolving healthcare environment to improve the care of all patients and families in an equitable way. The goal is to showcase how AI can improve outcomes and how to avoid unintended consequences that increase disparities. Speakers will include nationally and internationally known experts from NIH and academic institutions across the United States.
The boot camp will consist of three sessions from 1:00-3:00 pm ET on September 13, 20, and 27. Registration opens in mid-July and no application is needed to register. Graduate students, faculty, and clinicians who are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. are encouraged to attend. The course is provided by the NINR at no cost to attendees.
Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 10:00 am to Thursday, September 23, 2021, 2:00 pm (registration required)
This virtual, three-day workshop will bring together a diverse group of researchers with expertise in genetics, genomics, neurology, pathophysiology, and preclinical translation. Understanding genetic factors that modify the onset, progression, or severity of diseases can lead to novel therapeutics, facilitate clinical trial design, and enable personalized medicine. The purpose of this workshop is to promote collaborations, confront challenges and highlight successful strategies for genetic modifier discovery, validation, and clinical implementation as part of the NIH Blueprint mission to foster transformative discoveries in neuroscience.
Attendance is free and open to all interested researchers, patients, and advocacy groups. Registration is required to attend.
Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 12:30 pm to Thursday, September 23, 2021, 5:30 pm (registration required)
Nutrition plays an important role throughout our lives in promoting health and preventing disease. But where we live or how much money we earn can affect our ability to access or afford healthy food choices. Ensuring food security and access to healthy food are key to preventing disparities in a variety of diet-related diseases and conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and cancer. Research has shown that socioeconomic status, food insecurity and the neighborhood food environment are linked to diet quality and nutrition-related health outcomes. Elucidating the role of these social conditions on diet and nutritional status could help address and prevent diet-related health disparities and promote health equity.
The goal of this virtual workshop is to review the state of the science, identify research gaps and opportunities related to food insecurity and the neighborhood food environment, and suggest innovative research strategies that will inform policy and practice to address and prevent diet-related health disparities and promote health equity.
Registration is required for this event.
Thursday, September 23, 2021, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (register by September 8)
This virtual symposium, organized by the Department of Transfusion Medicine at the NIH Clinical Center and The American Red Cross, is designed to provide attendees with practical information about recent developments, current practices, controversies, and laboratory management issues relative to transfusion medicine. The program will be of interest to all healthcare providers who participate in the collection, production, transfusion, and monitoring of blood products.
Monday, September 27, 2021, 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm (registration required)
Join us for the inaugural seminar in the new NIH Scientific Workforce Diversity (SWD) Seminar Series. Implicit bias refers to the stereotypes and attitudes about people that unconsciously affect our actions and decisions. Research shows that implicit bias can create barriers to recruiting and retaining women and individuals from groups underrepresented in science. To combat implicit bias, many organizations offer some form of implicit bias training intended to help people recognize and address their biases. But how well do these training programs reduce biases and improve outcomes?
This virtual seminar will convene a distinguished group of scholars with expertise in implicit bias and diversity training program effectiveness to address this question. Their discussion will cover the state of the science on implicit bias training effectiveness and the factors associated with successful training; speakers will also review various models for combatting implicit bias and discuss the success of these.
Attendees will come away from the talk with a better understanding of the role of implicit bias training in enhancing scientific workforce diversity, the conditions under which it is most and least effective, and the science behind it.
Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 11:30 am to Thursday, September 30, 2021, 5:30 pm (registration required)
This virtual NIH workshop on whole person research, led by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), will focus on the methods needed for rigorous research on interconnected systems, multicomponent interventions, and multisystem or multiorgan outcomes. The goal is to identify research methods from other fields that can be applied to whole person research, as well as gaps, opportunities, and needs that could be met via new research. Invited speakers will discuss study design and methodological challenges for whole person research.
Register here for this event.
Thursday, September 30, 2021 to Friday, October 1, 2021 (registration required)
We are pleased to announce that Sickle Cell in Focus (SCiF) will take place in 2021 for the 14th annual conference on September 30 & October 1, 2021. The SCiF conference will once again be co-hosted by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the University of West Indies (Jamaica). Due to current travel restrictions, this year’s conference will be held virtually via Zoom.
SCiF is a two-day, intensive, educational update on sickle cell disease. We aim to provide consultants, trainees, doctors, healthcare professionals, and academics interested in hemoglobin disorders with an opportunity for a comprehensive and global exploration of the current medical trends and research results in sickle cell disease. SCiF 2021 will highlight emerging clinical and management issues relating to sickle cell disease, emerging therapies and how we can use them in combination for effective treatment, and in light of the recent pandemic, we will also have a session on the impact of COVID-19 on patients with sickle cell disease. Each day will convene with a panel discussion; the first on FDA approved drugs and the second on the issue of gene therapy vs bone marrow transplant.
Registration is required for this event.
Monday, October 4, 2021 to Wednesday, October 6, 2021 (register by October 2)
This Cell-NCI virtual symposium will showcase recent cancer research using multi-omics approaches to guide functional characterization and assessment of candidate therapeutic targets. The meeting will feature the latest advances in functional genomic approaches, both computational and experimental, and show how deep data analyses and high-throughput approaches are reshaping our understanding of fundamental cancer biology mechanisms and impacting clinical oncology. Our aim is to bring together participants from both within and outside of the Cancer Target Discovery and Development (CTD2) Network to stimulate exciting discussions, promote cross-pollination of ideas, and accelerate the translation of multi-omic cancer data to precision medicine. Session themes include cancer systems and integrative biology; drug resistance and mechanism of action; systems and multi-omics approaches to study cancer cancer immunology; and clinical biomarkers and targeted therapies for precision oncology.
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 to Thursday, October 14, 2021 (registration required)
While CD4+ T cells are the main targets of HIV infection, macrophages also become infected and resist the cytopathic effects of infection, contributing to HIV reservoir persistence. Furthermore, they drive inflammation and can contribute to the development of co-morbidities, including HIV-associated CNS dysfunction. The Division of AIDS Research at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard are conducting a virtual meeting that will examine emerging data related to macrophage interactions with the immune system during HIV infection; macrophage reservoirs and approaches to their elimination; and the involvement of CNS myeloid reservoirs and associated co-morbidities. The meeting will also highlight recent work on macrophage inflammation in the context of SARS-CoV-2 infection and work from new NIMH-funded investigators. A panel will discuss research gaps and priorities related to human macrophage reservoirs and inflammation/co-morbidities, and treatment strategies for HIV remission and cure.
Registration is required for this free online event.
Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (registration required)
In response to a congressional request to address NIH efforts related to women’s health research, NIH's Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH), in conjunction with the Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health (ACRWH), will be hosting a virtual event titled “Advancing NIH Research on the Health of Women: A 2021 Conference.” The key topics to be discussed, as identified by Congress, are (1) clinical practices related to rising maternal morbidity and mortality rates; (2) increasing rates of chronic debilitating conditions in women; and (3) stagnant cervical cancer survival rates.
Register here for the event.
Friday, November 19, 2021, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
NIH's Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), in collaboration with the NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Coordinating Committee (BSSR-CC), holds the annual NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Festival on the NIH campus. This new annual meeting is organized to inform the wider BSSR community, stakeholders, and NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) about the latest BSSR funded by the NIH and its overall impact and importance across the entire field of biomedical research. Additional goals are to assist the ICs with the establishment of research priorities and the coordination of their programmatic efforts, thus minimizing redundancy and maximizing returns on NIH investments in BSSR.
The festival highlights exciting research results, emerging areas, and innovations in health-related BSSR. This trans-NIH event enables efficient leveraging of NIH resources and expertise. The BSSR-CC members contribute diverse and comprehensive perspectives on the NIH BSSR portfolio, thus facilitating the selection of an outstanding array of research results that are highlighted at the festival.