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2022 Summer Science in the NIH Institutes and Centers



Join senior scientists from some of its 27 Institutes and Centers to learn about the discoveries being made at the NIH. All presentations will be virtual; registration information is included below.

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

National Institute of Mental Health

National Library of Medicine (NLM)


National Cancer Institute (NCI)

 

Title: NCI Training Opportunities Panel Discussion
Speakers:
NCI Training Directors
Date/Time: Friday, June 17, 2022, 1:00-2:30 pm (ET)
Meeting Link: Join Meeting  

Description: This panel will provide an overview of NCI training opportunities and will include speakers representing several of the Institute's training entities. These include the Center for Cancer Research (Ginsburg), Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (Lavigne), Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (Moser), Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (Signorello), and the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (Calzola). In addition to a brief overview of the NIH, each panelist will give an overview of his/her training group, and most of the time will be set aside for a question-and-answer session.

Title: NCI Training Opportunities Panel Discussion- Center for Cancer Research
Speakers:
CCR Fellows
Date/Time: Friday, June 24, 2022, 1:00-2:30 pm (ET)
Meeting Link: Join Meeting  

Description: Meet scientists from NCI’s Center for Cancer Research (CCR) in this Young Investigator Panel discussion. Learn about their diverse educational backgrounds, career paths and research, and how they became researchers in the CCR.  Please come prepared to interact, ask questions, and seek advice from our panelists.

Title: NCI Training Opportunities Panel Discussion- Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics 
Speakers:
DCEG Fellows & Research Analyst
Date/Time: Friday, July 8, 2022, 1:00-2:30 pm (ET)
Meeting Link: Join Meeting  

Description: Join us for an NCI Young Investigator Panel discussion with scientists from the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG). Dive in as we discover their diverse educational backgrounds, career paths and research. Hear how they became scientists within DCEG. We encourage you to interact, ask questions, and seek advice from our featured speakers. You are welcome to submit questions in advance by noon on Thursday to Diane Wigfield at diane.wigfield@nih.gov

For More info: Visit NCI Summer Events website 



National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)


NIH Genomics and Health Disparities Interest Group Meeting, 2022 NIH Director's Talk


Title: An NIDDK Research Paradigm and the Genomics of Health Disparities
Speaker: Griffin P. Rodgers, M.D., M.A.C.P., Director, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health
Date/Time: Thursday, June 9, 2022, 3:00 p.m. ET
Zoom registration: https://nih.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItcu-gqDouEkCC7bnw0sFBIPO2ZUMN_lA


National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)


Title: Combining Clinical Care for Hearing Loss and Research:  Careers at NIDCD
Speakers:
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
Date/Time: Friday, July 22, 12:50-1:50 pm (ET)
Registration:

Description: Clinical panel with experts in hearing and balance research



National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

 

2022 Virtual Summer Seminar Series

Wednesdays, 12:00–1:00 pm EDT
Register: https://nih.zoomgov.com/j/1604976228?pwd=TVB4MGxSbVZ5TThzOGtTOW5NT2ZoZz09

June 22        
Title: From Neuroscience to Addiction Medicine: Recent Translational Efforts
Speaker: Lorenzo Leggio, MD, PhD,
Deputy Scientific Director, NIDA IRP
Chief, Translational Addiction Medicine Branch

June 29  
Title: How Neuroimaging Helps Us Understand Substance Use Disorders
Speaker: Amy Janes, PhD
Chief, Cognitive & Pharmacological Neuroimaging Unit Neuroimaging Branch

July 6            
Title: Modeling Methamphetamine Use Disorder in Rats: Epigenetic and Transcriptional Consequences in the Rodent Brain
Speaker: Jean Lud Cadet, MD
Chief, Molecular Neuropsychiatry Branch

July 13           
Title: Drug Design for Substance Use Disorders
Speaker: Amy Newman, PhD
Scientific Director, NIDA IRP
Chief, Molecular Targets & Medications Discovery Branch

July 20           
Title: Hypothalamic Cell Types and Circuits That Drive Survival Behaviors
Speaker: Yeka Aponte, PhD
Chief, Neuronal Circuits & Behavior Section Cellular and Neurocomputational Systems Branch

July 27           
Title: Animal Models of Drug Addiction: What Can Our Furry Friends Tell Us about Drug Relapse?
Speaker: Jennifer Bossert, PhD
Staff Scientist, Neurobiology of Relapse Section Behavioral Neuroscience Branch


National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)


Title: National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences Career Panel
Moderator: Isha Wilson, NIEHS Postbac, Signal Transduction Laboratory
Panelists: Carlos (Charly) Guardia, Ph.D- Stadtman Investigator, Placental Cell Biology Group, Reproductive and Developmental Biology Laboratory; Traci Hall, Ph.D- Acting Deputy Chief and Principal Investigator, Macromolecular Structure Group, Epigenetics and Stem Cell Biology Laboratory; Angela King-Herbert, D.V.M.- Group Leader, Comparative Medicine Group, National Toxicology Program; Jason Watts, M.D., Ph.D- Principal Investigator, Transcriptional Responses in Disease Group, Epigenetics and Stem Cell Biology Laboratory
Date/Time: Thursday, June 16, 2:00-3:00 pm (ET)
Zoom registration: https://nih.zoomgov.com/j/1607276423

Description: A panel Discussion focused on  some of the research being done at NIEHS. Panelists will share their career paths and answer questions from attendees.

Target Audience: Summer Interns and Postbacs


National Institute of Mental Health

Title: Bridging the gap between neuronal activity and visual perception
Speaker: Dr. Arash Afraz, Chief of the Unit on  Neurons, Circuits and Behavior at NIMH
Date/Time: Friday, July 8th, 2:00-3:00 pm (ET)
Registration: https://nih.zoomgov.com/j/1603556651?pwd=cnhOK0Q2OFhNd2IvUlVYbkZ2M3lrdz09
Meeting ID: 160 355 6651
Passcode: 683386

This session will feature a research and career talk by Dr. Afraz, whose laboratory studies the neural mechanisms of visual object recognition. Students will gain a better understanding of visual processing in the brain and object recognition behavior. For more information on this research visit the lab site at https://www.nimh.nih.gov/research/research-conducted-at-nimh/principal-investigators/arash-afraz

Title: Investigating mechanisms of mood and anxiety disorders: A career in clinical science
Speaker: Dr. Katharina Kircanski, Staff Scientist, Section on Mood Dysregulation and Neuroscience, NIMH
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 12th, 3:00-4:00 pm (ET)
Registration: https://nih.zoomgov.com/j/1600731406?pwd=bEp6Wkh3d1lmT0xqWGhUQ1JiNG0wUT09
Meeting ID: 160 073 1406
Passcode: 420049

Description: Dr. Kircanski's research focuses on studying the brain mechanisms mediating chronic, severe irritability and exploring new treatments. Research studies include youth with DSM-5 diagnosis of Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) and those whose irritability is milder but still impairing like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Students will learn about severe irritability and ongoing studies to understand the brain mechanisms involved. For more information visit the group site at https://www.nimh.nih.gov/research/research-conducted-at-nimh/research-areas/clinics-and-labs/edb/smdn .

Title: The influence of the sun on your life
Speaker: Dr. Samer Hattar, Chief, Section on Light and Circadian Rhythms, NIMH
Date/Time: Monday, July 25th, 2:00-3:00 pm (ET)
Register: https://nih.zoomgov.com/j/1612851223?pwd=ZTdZYTJTNDZZZXFhUUdXd1pOMXRIZz09
Meeting ID: 161 285 1223
Passcode: 462820

Description: This research and career talk by Dr. Samer Hattar will focus on understanding how retinal ganglion cells detect light and send information to the brain to regulate physiology and behavior. The lab performs research studies using a variety of techniques which includes genetics, anatomy, in vivo imaging, and viral circuit behavior. For more information visit the lab site at https://www.nimh.nih.gov/research/research-conducted-at-nimh/research-areas/clinics-and-labs/slcr


 

NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE


Title: Connecting people with information by studying the creation, dissemination and use of health information
Speaker: Lauren Maggio, PhD, Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University (USU) and the Center for Health Professions Education (CHPE)
Date/Time: Thursday, July 28, 10:30-11:30 am (ET)
Meeting Link: https://nih.zoomgov.com/j/1613294327

Description: Dr. Lauren Maggio's personal and professional mission is to connect people with information and to facilitate access to scientific knowledge for public and professional use. To meet this mission, she has integrated meta-research (aka the study of research itself) into her daily practice as a clinical informationist, journal editor, and researcher. In this talk, Dr. Maggio will describe select examples of her meta-research that examine how individuals create, disseminate, and use health information. She will highlight findings ranging from how physicians utilize information in patient care to Wikipedia's role as a dissemination vehicle for health information.

Title: NLM Trainee’s Retreat
Speakers: Current NLM Trainees
Date/Time: Thursday, July 28, 2:00 -5:00 pm (ET)
Registration Link: https://nih.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItcO6hrzkpGGYL9zDNIhZ26Yp7B_9KRr0

Description: Please join NLM trainees to hear about different projects spanning the fields of Computational Biology and Biomedical Informatics:

TimeTitle / ActivitySpeakers or Attendees

2:00 PM

Welcome and Introduction Virginia Meyer, PhD
NLM Intramural Research Program Training Director
2:05 PM Human pathogenic RNA viruses establish non-competing lineages by occupying independent niches Pascal Mutz, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Koonin Group
2:20 PM Bioinformatic framework for wastewater-based epidemiology on SARS-CoV-2 Rafaela Salgado Fontenele, PhD
Research Fellow, Jiang Group
2:35 PM Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the Prediction of Progression in Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD): A usability evaluation of diagnostic accuracy and efficiency in clinical workflows Sirisha Koirala
NLM Diversity in Data Science and Informatics Research Summer Intern, Lu Group
2:50 PM Automating Vaccine and Strain Name Recognition in COVID-19 Related Biomedical Literature John Guerrerio
High School Summer Internship Program Intern, Lu Group
3:05 PM Creating a gold-standard corpus of COVID vaccines and variants in the biomedical literature Lilly Xu
High School Summer Internship Program Intern, Lu Group
3:20 PM Deep Learning Methods for the Detection of Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Features in Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Scans Sruthika Baviriseaty
Graduate Data Science Summer Program Intern, Lu Group
3:35 PM 10-minute Break ---
3:45 PM External Validation of an Artificial Intelligence System for Diagnosis of Retinopathy of Prematurity Tom Murickan
Summer Internship Program Intern, Chiang and Lu Groups

4:00 PM

Exploring the Effect of Human Derived Alleles on Enhancer Activity via Deep Learning Leif Verace
Summer Internship Program Intern, Ovcharenko Group
4:15 PM Exploring the Benefits of Asymmetric Damage Segregation in Spatially-Dependent Populations Jemison Yewah
Postbaccalaureate Fellow, Rochman Group
4:30 PM AlphaFold2 fails to predict protein fold switching Devlina Chakravarty, PhD
Research Fellow, Porter Group
4:45 PM Biomedical Vocabulary Alignment at Scale in the UMLS Metathesaurus Vinh Nguyen, PhD
Research Fellow, Bodenreider Group