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CC’s Lipsett Holds First In-Person Scientific Lecture Since 2020

A masked member of the audience asks a question in a physically-distanced auditorium

Photo: Chia-Chi Charlie Chang

A view of the auditorium from the top. The presenter is a the bottom of the stairs.

Photo: Chia-Chi Charlie Chang

A small, physically distanced crowd gathered in a NIH Clinical Center auditorium to watch the first live scientific lecture since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

On Apr. 6, Dr. Anna Huttenlocher delivered the first in-person NIH Director’s Wednesday Afternoon Lecture since Mar. 4, 2020, in Lipsett Amphitheater. Attendees wore face masks, as the lecture hall is in the hospital, a patient touchpoint area.

“It’s truly an honor to be invited to do this,” said Huttenlocher, a professor of pediatrics and medical microbiology and immunology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The title of her talk was “Imaging Cell Migration in Inflammation Resolution and Tissue Repair.”

In her introduction of Huttenlocher, NINDS deputy director and acting scientific director of NINDS Dr. Nina Schor called the event “an exciting moment after 2 years of everything being videocast.”

Colloquially known as WALS, the series is the highest-profile lecture program at NIH. For the most part, WALS has returned in person, but check the website:

For details on hosting and attending in-person events, see NIH’s Common Area Guidance at  


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