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Each Friday, Institutes and Centers of the NIH will present speakers and panels to introduce their science and the resulting career opportunities.

Participating Institutes and Centers:


Clinical Center (CC)

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

National Eye Institute (NEI)

National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorder (NIDCD)

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

National Institute on Environmental Health Science (NIEHS)

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)


 

Participating Institutes and Centers by Date: See the Summer Curriculum page


Individual Presentations Organized by Institute/Center (IC):

 

Clinical Center (CC)

 

Date: June 19, 2020
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 pm (EDT)
Title: The Power of Intramural NIH
Speaker: Dr. Henry Masur, Chief, Critical Care Medicine Department

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Meeting number (access code): 126 362 6088

Date: June 26, 2020
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 pm (EDT)
Title: Video Game Surgery, CT Scan Artificial Intelligence to Fight COVID-19 & Team Science at the NIH... Why My Mom was Right!
Speaker: Dr. Brad Wood, Chief, Critical Care Medicine Department

A recording of this session is available at https://nih.webex.com/recordingservice/sites/nih/recording/playback/9467efa7354e4dd3af565726dbc1fb95.

Date: July 10, 2020
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 pm (EDT)
Title: Not Just Little Adults: Pediatrics at The NIH Clinical Center
Speaker: Dr. David Lang, Associate Research Physician, Pediatric Service

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Meeting number (access code): 126 793 9683


 

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)

 

Date: July 24, 2020
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 pm (EDT)
Title: Transforming Translational Science

During this session, participants will learn about the field of translational science, how NCATS is developing this new field of investigation and opportunities to conduct translational science research in the NCATS intramural (i.e., on-site in Maryland) laboratories. NCATS defines translational science as “an emerging field of investigation focused on identifying and understanding broadly generalizable scientific and operational principles, practices and resources that advance the effectiveness and efficiency of the translational research process.” Research in the NCATS intramural laboratories seeks to advance this field by focusing on commonalities across diseases and addressing the scientific and operational problems that affect the entire translational research enterprise. Presenters will give examples of how translational science principles can be applied more broadly to accelerate research, highlighting two research areas: COVID-19-related research and rare disease research from our intramural research program.

Speakers:

Jessica M. Faupel-Badger, Ph.D., MPH, Chief, Education Branch – Jessica coordinates education efforts across NCATS, as well as creating new opportunities for early-career scientists to learn about the field of translational science

Brittany Haynes, Ph.D., Scientific Program Specialist - Brittany works to ensure trainees receive the best possible translational science training experience by developing operational policies and professional and scientific development programming.

Marcus Hodges, Ph.D., Director, Intramural Training and Education – Marcus’s work involves developing, marketing, and implementing training and professional development activities for NCATS’ intramural trainees.

Kyle Brimacombe, M.S., Program Manager, Early Translation Branch -Kyle trained as an assay biologist conducting quantitative high-throughput screening, and now helps coordinate several translational science initiatives and on-board early discovery collaborations within NCATS.

Patricia Dranchak, Ph.D., Staff Scientist, Assay Development and Screening Technology Laboratory - Trish is a molecular geneticist by training and works on early-stage translational science, with an emphasis on assay development for quantitative high-throughput screening and lead validation strategies. 

Online Meeting Information: https://nih.webex.com/nih/onstage/g.php?MTID=e3bae0c1d96e70960cc4fb52a5f843ac8


 

National Cancer Institute (NCI)


Date: June 19, 2020
Time:  2:30 - 4:00 pm (EDT)
Title: Overview of Training Opportunities at the National Cancer Institute
Panelists:  Richard P. Moser, Jackie Lavigne, Alison Lin, Erika Ginsburg, Diane Wigfield

Description: Fellows interested in cancer-related training should attend this panel that will provide an overview of training opportunities at the National Cancer Institute and will include speakers representing several training entities.  These include the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (Moser), the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (Lavigne), the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (Lin) and the Center for Cancer Research (Ginsburg).  In addition to a brief overview of the NIH, each panelist will give an overview of his/her training group, and rest of the time will be set aside for a question and answer session.  Participants are encouraged to send any questions that they hope the panelists can answer ahead of time to Richard Moser at moserr@mail.nih.gov

Online Meeting Information: https://cbiit.webex.com/cbiit/j.php?MTID=me4e7ceae1e379e2f0244ac55d741d3a6
Meeting number (access code): 160 778 9033
Password: NCISummer2020!

The NCI has posted a complete schedule for its 2020 Summer Virtual Activities.

Check the listings for activities like "Epidemiology 101", July 1 - August 19, 10:00 - 11:30 AM; "Chill and Chat with NCI Scientists", Fridays from July 10 to August 21; "How to Read and Write Like an Epidemiologist", July 31, 12:30 - 1:30 pm; and "Research Careers in Public Health", more details to come. NOTE: all times are EDT.


National Eye Institute (NEI)


NEI will host a series of seminars on Fridays during the summer, focused on vision research and ophthalmology. The mission of the NEI is to conduct and support research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to blinding eye diseases, visual disorders, mechanisms of visual function, preservation of sight, and the special health problems and requirements of the blind. This series will cover a variety of the research conducted at the NEI, including topics on how discoveries in our research program go from the lab to the clinic and back, the unique immunology of the eye, the neurobiology of vision, among other topics in vision and ophthalmology.

Date: June 19, 2020
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm (EDT)
Title: Life as a Summer Intern at the NEI
Speaker: Malika Nimmagadda and Cesar Perez-Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Description: Ms. Malika Nimmagadda has a well-rounded view on what it is like to be a trainee in both clinical and basic sciences research settings at the NEI. For many people, adjusting to working and learning in a new environment can seem overwhelming. Hearing from someone who has been through the program first-hand will hopefully give you an idea of what to expect and ease any sense of uncertainty or pressure that you may be feeling. Additionally, Dr. Perez will provide a brief overview of the summer and postbac programs and will be on hands to answer questions.

Bio: Malika Nimmagadda graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in neuroscience. Through her studies she found her curiosities peaked when learning about the eye, and specifically the retina. Malika first stepped onto the NIH’s campus as a summer student in the NEI clinic, and now she is a post-baccalaureate fellow in the ocular and stem cell translational research section at the NEI.

Dr. Cesar Perez-Gonzalez is the Training Director and Summer Intern Program Coordinator for the NEI, managing and overseeing the training program in the institute. A former NIH postdoctoral fellow, Cesar received his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in biology, focusing on retrotransposable elements in Drosophila, and got his Bachelor’s in Genetics at Iowa State University.

Online Meeting Information: https://nih.zoomgov.com/j/1608674124?pwd=U2YvM05FcnhzdVd3d1lIcXpva2lKZz09
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Date: June 26, 2020
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm (EDT)
Title: Rapid in vivo Imaging with Subcellular Resolution in the Visual System: From Retina to the Brain
Speaker: Rongwen Lu, Ph.D.

Description: Understanding how neuronal circuits process the visual sensory input is an essential goal of vision science. Optical imaging allows in vivo noninvasive study of the neuron in the physiological context. Neurons exert their functions through dynamic processes that occur at spatially complex subunits, which requires high resolution to resolve subcellular structures as well as rapid speed to capture fast neuronal activity. In this talk, I will focus on the optical methods we developed for high-resolution and high-speed imaging of neurons in both the retina and the brain.

Bio: Dr. Rongwen Lu is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Johnny Tam’s lab at the National Eye Institute. He received his M.S. in Vision Science from Indiana University at Bloomington in 2010 and his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2014. He completed his first postdoctoral training at Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute. His research interest is to develop novel optical techniques to better image neurons in the retina and the brain.

Online Meeting Information: https://nih.zoomgov.com/j/1609115974?pwd=am80cDJnWFF0d1VyYzNXL1BGaVRndz09
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Date: July 10, 2020
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm (EDT)
Title: The Role of Immune Cells in Blinding Diseases of the Eye
Speaker: Nilisha Fernando, Ph.D. and Will Montgomery

Description: Immune system activation in the eye, whether in response to a pathogen or through chronic inflammation, can cause severe damage to the retina, the light-sensing part of the eye. We discuss how the immune system can lead to blindness in two different types of eye diseases: 1) Ocular Toxoplasmosis, in which infection with the T. gondii parasite can lead to retinal scarring and vision loss, and 2) Age-related Macular Degeneration, in which the immune system can cause progressive retinal degeneration and vision loss during aging.

Bios: Dr. Nilisha Fernando is a Postdoctoral Visiting Fellow in Dr. Han-Yu Shih's lab, the Neuroimmune Regulome Unit at the NEI. She completed her PhD and first postdoctoral position at the Australian National University, focused on the role of immune cells in the progression of Age-related Macular Degeneration.

William Montgomery is a Postbaccalaureate IRTA in Dr. Han-Yu Shih's lab, the Neuroimmune Regulome Unit at the NEI. He is a graduate of Pomona College, Claremont, California.

Online Meeting Information: https://nih.zoomgov.com/j/1610324619?pwd=VW8zdzFRYUoyYi9uNGdvZDdUMEl4UT09
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Date: July 17, 2020
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm (EDT)
Title: Visual Processing and How Optical Illusions Trick Your Brain
Speaker: Alicia Kerr, Ph.D.

Description: Vision is more than meets the eye, the brain is necessary for receiving and interpreting visual information. In this talk, I’ll cover the steps the brain takes to process visual information and how these can be manipulated by optical illusions and why you can’t believe everything you think you see.

Bio: Dr. Alicia Kerr is a postdoctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Retinal Cell and Molecular Biology. She received her PhD from Virginia Tech in Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health, focusing on the formation and maintenance of synapses in the subcortical visual system.

Online Meeting Information: https://nih.zoomgov.com/j/1605921438?pwd=Mk1WdkYzTm01ZFZaOGttS2ZLMG91dz09
Password: NEI2020

Date: July 24, 2020
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm (EDT)
Title: Microbiota-Immune Interactions – Case Studies in the Eye
Speaker: Amy Zhang, Ph.D.

Description: Host-associated microbiota, particularly those at mucosal sites such as the intestine and surface of the eye, have been shown to play an important role in modulating host immunity both locally and systemically. In this lecture, I will introduce two studies that examined the intricate relationship between the mucosal microbiota and host immune system. Study #1 showcases the existence of an ocular commensal microbe that helps to protect the eye against fungal and bacterial infections. Study #2 describes a scenario in which the gut microbiota might be a trigger of autoimmunity in the eye.

Bio: Dr. Amy Zhang is a postdoctoral fellow at the Immunoregulation Section, Laboratory of Immunology, National Eye Institute. She received her Ph.D. from SUNY Binghamton studying microbial diversity from environmental samples. Trained in evolutionary genetics and transitioning into the immunology field, she is currently working on projects that investigate the influence of host-associated microbiota on autoimmunity in the eye.

Online Meeting Information: https://nih.zoomgov.com/j/1605323192?pwd=SHNOMDNNVlkvT1ZndXVOTUx6UFdWUT09
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Date: July 31, 2020
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm (EDT)
Title: Bedside to Bench Side: Translational Research at the NEI
Speaker: James Liu

Description: Research at the NEI centers around the prevention and treatment of eye diseases and visual disorders. This session will talk about the basics of the eye, and several common and rare eye disorders that occur in the general population (Diabetic Retinopathy, Age-related Macular Degeneration, Retinitis Pigmentosa, Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis, etc.). Labs at the NEI help bridge our knowledge gap by studying the molecular and cellular mechanisms of these diseases in animal models and patient cells. We can even generate 3D retinal organoids derived from patient cells to study retinal diseases! Lastly, I’ll cover the diverse potential careers in eye research.

Bio: Jimmy Liu is a graduate student in the Johns Hopkins-NIH Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP). He received his B.S in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at University of Maryland College Park. His thesis focuses on uncovering the molecular mechanisms of a spectrum of neurological disorders implicated by PNPLA6, a gene that is responsible for lipid homeostasis in the nervous system.

Online Meeting Information: https://nih.zoomgov.com/j/1619183508?pwd=azI3M1ByanhVN3FnU1U4dmxodGV0dz09
Password: NEI2020

Date: August 14, 2020
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm (EDT)
Title: Minerals and Proteins in the Eye: A Potential Therapeutic Target for dry Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
Speaker: Dinusha Rajapakse, Ph.D.

Description: Deposition of hydroxyapatite minerals in the basal retinal cell layers is linked to progression of dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD). We recently discovered that a protein responsible for tooth enamel formation (Amelotin) is also expressed in the eye and is associated with mineral accumulation in dry AMD donor eyes. This talk will focus on: (1) the role of hydroxyapatite minerals in AMD, (2) discovery of Amelotin expression in the eye, (3) its characterization in cellular and human ex vivo model systems, and (4) potential of Amelotin as a therapeutic target and the path to drug discovery.

Bio: Dr. Dinusha Rajapakse is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Graeme Wistow’s lab, the Section on Molecular Structure and Functional Genomics, National Eye Institute. She received her Ph.D. in Experimental Medicine from Queen’s University, Belfast, United Kingdom in 2016. During her postdoctoral training, her research focus has been on characterizing the role of proteo-lipid compounds in the progression of AMD.

Online Meeting Information: https://nih.zoomgov.com/j/1601730959?pwd=Mlk4UGlOWksxS2RGL3ZLcU83bWxaZz09
Password: NEI2020


 

National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

 
Date: July 10, 2020

Time: 3:30 – 4:15 pm (EDT)
Title: Careers in Genomics - Panel Discussion
Panelist/Speakers: Fiona Gilpin, Ph.D.; Jorge Rodriguez-Gil; Natalie Treadwell Deuitch

NIH Summer Students will have an opportunity to interact with junior professionals training at the National Human Genome Research Institute. Learn about what it takes to prepare for career in the Genetics and Genomics fields. Panelists will be allotted five to seven minutes each to introduce themselves, describe their disciplinary backgrounds, and talk briefly about their current occupations before the floor is opened for a Q&A session. 30 minutes, 10 min Q&A

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National Institute on Aging (NIA)


Date: June 19, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm (EDT)
Title: The Long Unwinding Road: Roles of Helicases in Human Disease, Cancer, and Aging
Speaker: Robert Brosh, Ph.D., Investigator, Laboratory of Molecular Gerontology
Online Meeting Information: To register for a session, please email: niairptrainingoffice@mail.nih.gov

Date: July 17, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm (EDT)
Title: Exercise Is Good, So What? A Modern Look at Physical Activity and Aging
Speaker: Eric Shiroma, Ph.D., Staff Scientist, Laboratory of Epidemiology and Population Science
Online Meeting Information: To register for a session, please email: niairptrainingoffice@mail.nih.gov

Date: August 7, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm (EDT)
Title: Neuronal and Astrocytic Extracellular Vesicles in Blood Reflect Brain Pathology in Mouse Models of Alzheimer's Disease
Speaker: Francheska Delgado-Peraza, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Laboratory of Clinical Investigation
Online Meeting Information: To register for a session, please email: niairptrainingoffice@mail.nih.gov


 

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)


Date: July 24, 2020

Time: TBD
Title: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD): Learning About Our Science and Physician-Scientist Careers
Speaker: Dr. Triesta Fowler, Medical Officer, Office of Communications

Description: Students will have the opportunity to hear from a panel of NICHD physician-scientists with different medical and scientific career paths while learning about the scope of science and research within our institute. The speakers will share their personal journeys and various factors that contributed to their key career decisions, from life as a medical student and resident to what their current position at NICHD entails.  They will also discuss their own contributions to science as a physician-scientist as well as providing an overview of the training experience for two medical specialties: endocrinology and pediatrics.  

There will be time for questions after the speakers’ presentations.

Online Meeting Information: TBD


 

National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorder (NIDCD)


Date: July 10, 2020
Time:  1:00 - 2:00 pm (EDT)
Title: “Hear” and Now: NIH Research on Preserving Our Sense of Hearing
Speakers: Dr. Lisa Cunningham, Dr. Katharine Fernandez, Mr. Ben Gersten

The inner ear is important for allowing us to interact with and understand the world around us, but it is highly vulnerable to permanent damage from a variety of insults, including aging, noise, and certain therapeutic drugs that are toxic to the inner ear.  These “ototoxic” drugs include life-saving antibiotics and anti-cancer chemotherapy drugs. Members of the NIDCD's Section on Sensory Cell Biology will present some background, research methods, and recent findings into ototoxic drugs and their effects on the ear. This lecture will introduce students to hearing, showcase the multidisciplinary approaches used to study the anatomy and physiology of the ear, and offer a glimpse into NIH research aimed at preventing drug-induced hearing loss.

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Date: July 17, 2020
Time:  1:00 - 2:00 pm (EDT)
Title: Learning about the Vestibular (Balance) System
Speaker: Dr. Talah Wafa

This session will discuss the vestibular (balance) systems in mice and humans. The session will cover the career path of a research audiologist from undergraduate studies overseas to graduate studies at a Deaf university (Au.D. and Ph.D.) to a postdoctoral fellowship at NIDCD. Attendees will learn about the vestibular system anatomy and physiology, how the vestibular system and balance in humans are assessed and their importance, how to compare and contrast mouse vestibular anatomy, and how the vestibular system is tested in mice. The session will also include some examples of current studies in this area.

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Date: July 24, 2020a
Time:  12:00 - 1:00 pm (EDT)
Title: Combining Clinical Care for Hearing Loss and Research:  Careers at NIDCD
Speaker: Dr. Carmen Brewer, Dr. Wade Chien, Dr. Michael Hoa

Learn about the current state of clinical care for hearing loss, how research may influence those treatments, and the unique challenges faced by clinician-scientists.  This panel will include:  Dr. Carmen Brewer, Chief Research Audiologist of the NIDCD Audiology Unit; Dr. Wade Chien, an NIDCD Surgeon-Scientist and Principal Investigator of the Inner Ear Gene Therapy Program; and Dr. Michael Hoa, an NIDCD Surgeon-Scientist and Principal Investigator of the Auditory Development and Restoration Program.  Join us to hear about the what life is like at NIDCD, including how one balances clinical care and research.

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National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)


Date: June 26, 2020

Time:  1:00 - 2:00 pm (EDT)
Title: Drug Design for Substance Use Disorders
Speaker:  Amy Newman, Ph.D., Acting Scientific Director, NIDA IRP; Chief, Molecular Targets & Medications Discovery Branch; Chief, Medicinal Chemistry Section

This workshop is now available at https://nih.webex.com/nih/lsr.php?RCID=2bc7548c41b6468bb5241f92f2490b82

Description: Substance use disorders (SUD) that are critically related to the opioid epidemic, but not limited to opioids, continue to be an international public health challenge. During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, social isolation and the inability to seek treatment will undoubtedly exacerbate an already prevalent and devastating situation. Although there are medications to prevent opioid overdose and provide treatment for opioid dependence, the current options inadequately address the need. Further, for treating abuse and addiction to substances such as cocaine, methamphetamine and cannabis, there are no FDA approved medications. In this presentation, the challenges to develop medications for the treatment of SUD will be discussed with examples from our work at NIDA, in collaboration with NCATs. Our novel dopamine D3 receptor antagonists have demonstrated promising results in preclinical models and are currently being developed toward clinical trials.

NIDA has posted a complete schedule for its 2020 Summer Virtual Activities.

It includes Epigenetics, COVID-19 Safety, An Introduction to the Effects of Opioids on the Brain, COVID-19 Epidemiology, and more.



National Institute on Environmental Health Science (NIEHS)

Date: July 31, 2020
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (EDT)
Title: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Career Panel

Panelists: Janet E. Hall, M.D., M.S., Clinical Director and Principal Investigator in Clinical Research Branch; Pierre R. Bushel, Ph.D., Staff Scientist in the Biostatistics and Computational Biology Branch; Jesse Cushman, Ph.D., Director, Neurobehavioral Core Laboratory; Kelly K. Ferguson, Ph.D., M.P.H., Investigator in the Epidemiology Branch

Description: The mission of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences is to discover how the environment affects people in order to promote healthier lives. Join us for a career panel discussion to learn about the research that takes place at NIEHS and the path that led our panelists into their current roles.

Online Meeting Information: TBD

NOTE: More events from NIEHS will be available here:  https://www.niehs.nih.gov/careers/research/fellows/working/fellowships/interns/index.cfm



National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)


Date: July TBD
Time: TBD
Title: Career in Mental Health (Panel)

This session will provide insight into different mental health careers from the perspective of a Clinical Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Basic Researcher and Social Worker. The speakers will be Elizabeth Ballard, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Bashkim Kadriu, M.D., Clinical Fellow, Amicia Elliott, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow and Deborah Snyder, MSW, LCSE-C, Social Worker.

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Date: July 10, 2020
Time: TBD
Title: Dissecting the Components of Animal Behavior as a Window into the Human Mind
Speaker: Dr. Yogita Chudasama, Chief of the Section on Behavioral Neuroscience

This session will feature a research and career talk by Dr. Yogita Chudasama, Chief of the Section on Behavioral Neuroscience. Dr. Chudasama’s laboratory focuses on the cognitive effects of manipulating brain circuits and is at the forefront of premier behavioral testing techniques. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the importance of basic research and the impact on the mental health field. For more information on this research visit the lab site at https://www.nimh.nih.gov/research/research-conducted-at-nimh/principal-investigators/yogita-chudasama.shtml.

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Date: July 17, 2020
Time: TBD
Title: Making Sense of the World: From Basic to Translational Research in Mental Health
Speaker: Dr. Chris Baker, Chief of the Section on Learning and Plasticity

Description: This session will feature a research and career talk by Dr. Chris Baker, Chief of the Section on Learning and Plasticity. Dr. Baker’s laboratory aims to better understand the structure, function, and selectivity of the brain and how it changes with experience. Imaging techniques like fMRI and behavioral techniques like eye tracking are used to investigate cognitive function and evaluate adaptive changes in the brain. For more information on this research visit the lab site at https://www.nimh.nih.gov/research/research-conducted-at-nimh/principal-investigators/chris-i-baker.shtml.

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Date: July 31, 2020
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm EDT
Title: Clinical Research in Mental Health
Speaker: Dr. Daniel Pine, Chief of the Section on Developmental and Affective Neuroscience

This session will feature a research and career talk by Dr. Daniel Pine, Chief of the Section on Development and Affective Neuroscience. Dr. Pine’s laboratory aims to understand how information processing in the brain is different among children, adolescents, and adults who have anxiety and/or depression. For more information on this research visit the lab site at https://www.nimh.nih.gov/research/research-conducted-at-nimh/research-areas/clinics-and-labs/edb/sdan/index.shtml.

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National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

Date: July 10, 2020
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm (EDT)
Title: Through the Connections of the NINDS-Division of Intramural Part 1: From a Petri Dish to the Understanding of Neurological Disorders
Speakers: Priyanka Narayan, PhD, Stadtman Tenure-Track Investigator, NINDS/NIDDK, Kai Chang, MD, Research Biologist, NINDS

Description: During this session, we will look into the fundamental techniques required for research work and how they can be used to study neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease.

Online Meeting Information: https://nih.webex.com/nih/onstage/g.php?MTID=ea75f36d908ead71234fd240015c528eb

Date: July 10, 2020
Time: 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm (EDT)
Title: Through the Connections of the NINDS-Division of Intramural Part 2: From Pain Research to Studies in Motor Neuron Diseases
Speakers: John Heiss, MD, Principal Investigator, NINDS, Christopher Grunseich, MD, Staff Clinicians, NINDS

Description: During this session, our speakers are going to immerse the audience on the neuroanatomical pathways for pain, a research study to reduce cancer pain, and a review of the clinical characterization of patients with motor neuron diseases.

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Date: July 31, 2020
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (EDT)
Title: A Tale of Two Neuroscience Careers: Making Lemonade and Having Fun
Speakers: Walter Koroshetz, MD NINDS Director, Nina Schor, MD, PhD NINDS Deputy Director

Description: Dr. Koroshetz and Dr. Schor will share her early career days and their trajectory to become the NINDS Leaders. They will share the joys of science and medicine, as well as some bumps on the road and how they overcame them.

Online Meeting Information: https://nih.webex.com/nih/onstage/g.php?MTID=e3a05a1d0f148285c1ffeccf1b488f5a4

Date: July 31, 2020
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (EDT)
Title: Discovery and the Art of Collaboration: How CDK5 Became Relevant to Endogenous Retroviral Expression
Speakers: Tara Doucet-O’Hare, Ph.D. IRTA Post-doctoral fellow, NINDS, Jared S. Rosenblum, M.D., CRTA Post-doctoral fellow, NC

Description: This session will highlight an exciting and on-going collaboration between two labs. We will discuss the initial questions and observations that led to this collaboration and the continued growth of the project during it. We will highlight the value of a team approach and how working together produces more than the sum of its parts.

Online Meeting Information: https://nih.webex.com/nih/onstage/g.php?MTID=ef64eb4321ce2104d40020ff7b9558df3

Date: August 7, 2020
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (EDT)
Title: Your Potential for Action: Overview of Neuroscience Diversity Training and Research Opportunities through NINDS
Speaker: Angel de la Cruz Landrau, PhD; Marguerite Matthews, PhD; and Lauren Ullrich, PhD 

Description: This webinar will cover opportunities for high school, undergraduate, and graduate training and research available from NINDS. In the first half of the webinar, we will showcase fellowship and career development opportunities available for trainees in university labs across the United States. In the second half of the webinar, we will discuss opportunities to train in NINDS intramural labs at the NIH main campus in Bethesda, MD.

Online Meeting Information: https://nih.webex.com/nih/onstage/g.php?MTID=ebe518e6744754e72822da875b3382ab1



National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)


Date: July 10, 2020
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm (EDT)
Title: Careers in Nursing Research – Panel Discussion
Speakers: Dr. Patricia Brennan, RN, PhD, Director, National Library of Medicine; Dr. Leorey Saligan, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, Acting Chief, Symptom Science Center; Dr. Paule V. Joseph, PhD, MS, FNP-BC, RN, CTN-B, Lasker Clinical Research Scholar

Description: Are you interested in learning about a career that combines seeing patients with doing research? Please join us to learn about careers as a scientist and a nurse with the National Institute of Nursing Research. You will hear about the many career opportunities open to nurses with PhDs and learn how nurses ask research questions, which are person-centered and patient-focused.

Online Meeting Information: https://nih.webex.com/nih/onstage/g.php?MTID=eef6d72735c196493cc9ab4a0647b82a1