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).

Reddit “Ask Me Anything” on Virus Exposure and Neurodegenerative Disease Risk


promo image with reddit logo and photos of six NIH researchers participating in CARD's Reddit "Ask Me Anything"

In honor of Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness month, NIH's Center for Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias (CARD) will host a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) to discuss a recent study on viral illnesses and neurodegenerative disorders. The AMA will feature the data scientists behind the study along with neuroscientists in the field.

The event will be hosted on Reddit. Visit the Reddit AskScience page to join the event. Anyone can view an AMA discussion on Reddit. During the event, Reddit users can post questions and “upvote” questions from other users that they would like to see answered by the experts attending. To ask a question or vote on questions, you can create a free Reddit account. If you do not want to create a Reddit account, but would still like to ask a question, please email it to Reese Western.

2023 NIH Faculty-Level Recruitment Summit

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The 2023 NIH Faculty Recruitment Summit is sponsored by the Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity and hosted by the Office of Intramural Research. This summit focuses on the recruitment of new faculty to be research group leaders at the NIH.

This free two-hour Zoom event will feature a faculty-level information session with the Acting Principal Deputy Director of the Office of Intramural Research, a Panel session featuring distinguished NIH faculty, q&a, and an opportunity for participants to choose a faculty mentoring break-out session. 

NIH Director's Seminar Series: Exploring the functions of skin as an immunological interface


Dr. Keisuke Nagao

The June lecture in the NIH Director's Seminar Series will be presented by IRP senior investigator Keisuke Nagao, Ph.D.

The skin is a vital barrier against environmental stressors such as thermal changes, sunlight, allergens, toxins, and microbes. An array of cell types including epithelia, fibroblasts, neurons, and vasculature act together to ensure its function. Immune cells have emerged as orchestrators of skin biology that collectively serve to reinforce the barrier against external threats. The composition and function of immune cells are constantly tuned by skin structures, microbial and inflammatory stimuli. In turn, skin immune cells engage in an active dialogue with the tissue to regulate the microbiota, limit microbial invasion and facilitate tissue repair.

In this seminar, Dr. Nagao will introduce the cell-cell crosstalk that mediates immunological and microbial homeostasis in the skin and how disruption of these communications leads to pathological inflammation such as atopic inflammation and inflammatory alopecia, as well as soft-tissue infection by skin pathobionts. Dr. Nagao will also introduce his lab's recent efforts to gain insight into the disease pathophysiology of the intractable vasculopathy known as Degos disease.

NIDCD Director's Seminar Series: Technologies and Marketplace Innovations to Improve Health Care Access and Outcomes


Dr. Robert M. Califf

On Wednesday, June 28, 2023, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) will launch the new NIDCD Director’s Seminar Series: Advancing the Science of Communication to Improve Lives. The inaugural seminar, “Technologies and Marketplace Innovations to Improve Health Care Access and Outcomes,” will feature FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf, M.D., who will discuss innovative strategies and technologies that move us toward more equitable and effective health care and public health. This will include the recent over-the-counter hearing aid final rule and the potential impact on hearing health innovation in the marketplace and access to hearing devices. Following Dr. Califf’s presentation, NIDCD Director Debara L. Tucci, M.D., M.S., M.B.A., will moderate a follow-up discussion with several NIH leaders.

The NIDCD Director’s Seminar Series will feature next-generation research that advances the science of hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech, and language. Seminar topics are designed to align with the themes and priorities of the 2023-2027 NIDCD Strategic Plan, including innovations with the potential to improve the lives of people with hearing loss and other communication disorders. 

The series of semi-annual lectures is open to all NIH scientific and program staff, contractors, and trainees; the extramural community; and other interested groups and individuals. The live videocast will be captioned and recorded for later viewing.

2023 NIH Research Festival


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NIH Clinical Center (Building 10)

After a three-year hiatus, the NIH Research Festival is back! Join us for three days of lectures, workshops, and poster sessions, plus a biotech vendor exhibition and a Green Labs Fair. To stay up-to-date with the latest developments, sign up for the Research Festival listserv.

This page was last updated on Friday, May 26, 2023