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April 8, 2016

Author Wakeman Speaks at DDM Seminar, Apr. 14

Cy Wakeman

The Deputy Director for Management (DDM) announces the third DDM seminar of the 2016 series “Management and Science: Partnering for Excellence” featuring Cy Wakeman, a New York Times bestselling author, international keynote speaker and consultant. She will discuss her revolutionary approach to “Reality Based Leadership,” which tells leaders to “ditch the drama, restore sanity to the workplace and turn excuses into results.” Come hear her provocative approach on Thursday, Apr. 14 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.

Videocasting and sign language will be provided. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to attend should call (301) 496-6211 or the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

For more information about the series, visit or call (301) 496-3271.

Human Placenta Project To Meet

The Human Placenta Project Poster

On Apr. 14-15, NIH will host its third annual meeting on the Human Placenta Project (HPP) at Natcher Conference Center. The HPP, a collaborative research effort to better understand the role of the placenta in health and disease, supports development of novel technologies to enable real-time assessment of placental structure and function throughout pregnancy. The meeting will attract a broad range of scientists and clinicians, including experts in placental biology and obstetrics as well as creative thinkers in biotechnology, imaging, data science and other arenas. For more information and to register, visit

1st Community-Wide Exhibit of NIH Administrative Strategic Goals, Apr. 19

Join your colleagues on Tuesday, Apr. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the FAES Terrace in Bldg. 10 for the first-ever NIH-wide exhibit of administrative strategic goals. Trans-NIH teams will showcase accomplishments, upcoming milestones and benefits from their work in support of the NIH Administrative Strategic Plan. All NIH staff are welcome.

The NIH Administrative Strategic Plan sets direction for admin priorities in key focus areas over a 3-year period. Developed jointly by executive officers and Office of Management senior leaders, the current plan spans the 2014-2017 period. For a list of goals, objectives and Initiatives, visit OSPA/StrategicPlan/SitePages/ASP.aspx.

The exhibit is hosted by the NIH Office of Strategic Planning and Management Operations. For more information, contact Martha Randazzo at (240) 743-7511, Dr. Rachel Dexter at (301) 480-0220 or Evans Aine at (301) 594-2301.

Postbaccalaureate Poster Day Set, Apr. 20 at Natcher

Postbac Poster Day is scheduled for Wednesday, Apr. 20 at the Natcher Conference Center from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The keynote talk begins at noon, followed by presentation of Postbac Distinguished Mentoring Award(s). Poster session I will take place from 10 a.m. to noon and poster session II is from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Poster Day gives postbacs the chance to share research they have been conducting at NIH and develop scientific communication and networking skills. Investigators, staff scientists and scientific administrators can contribute to the event by visiting posters and engaging authors in discussion. For more information, visit

Pfizer’s Centers for Therapeutic Innovation Hold Apr. 14 Seminar for Intramural Researchers

The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences will host a seminar on Apr. 14, 2 to 4 p.m., for NIH intramural researchers interested in collaboration opportunities supported through Pfizer’s Centers for Therapeutic Innovation program. The event will take place in Bldg. 40, Rm. 1201/1203 and includes a presentation by Pfizer CTI NIH representative Dr. Nader Halim. To register, send an email to Lili Portilla, NCATS director of strategic alliances, at

The program pairs leading researchers with Pfizer resources to pursue scientific and medical advances through joint therapeutic development. The CTI model is the first NIH-wide biologics initiative with a pharmaceutical partner that NCATS coordinates on behalf of all NIH intramural researchers. Goals include identifying biologic compounds with activity in a pathway or target of interest to an NIH intramural researcher and to Pfizer and together moving the compounds into the clinic to test them.

In addition to the Apr. 14 seminar, Halim will offer office hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Apr. 26, May 19 and June 2 in Bldg. 31, Rm. 3B13 to answer questions. The Pfizer CTI pre-proposal portal opens on May 2 with the first call for proposals due June 17. For more information about the program, visit For details about the call for proposals, visit proposals.

NIDA Hosts Brain Derby During Brain Awareness Week

NIDA director Dr. Nora Volkow and model brain
NIDA director Dr. Nora Volkow and model brain

The National Institute on Drug Abuse took part in the 12th annual Brain Awareness Week by hosting “NIDA Brain Derby” on Mar. 19 at the National Museum of Health and Medicine, Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The interactive quiz game tested students’ knowledge about the brain, neuroscience and the neurobiology of drug use. Students learned basic brain anatomy and function, as well as how different drugs can affect the brain and alter its normal activity. Brain Awareness Week is a global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. Additionally, in correlation with Brain Awareness Week, NIDA launched a series of Brain Reward Circuit videos. The new animated videos detail how the brain responds to the use of different drugs, including cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana.

NIH Career Symposium Set, May 6

The NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education invites all NIH graduate students and postdoctoral trainees, both basic scientists and clinicians, to participate in the 9th NIH Career Symposium on Friday, May 6 at the Natcher Conference Center from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The symposium provides an opportunity for fellows and graduate students to learn about scientific career options and to explore factors that lead to career success. The all-day program will include more than 20 breakout sessions highlighting career opportunities available to biomedical scientists.

Panel sessions cover academic, government, industry and non-profit career paths. More than 80 speakers will provide insights into their careers: what their current job entails, its pluses and minuses and how they got there.

For more information and registration visit

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