If you can spare two hours of your time on a Wednesday afternoon, consider checking out the quarterly NICHD Exchange meetings. I have attended two so far, and I can vouch that they are a great way to stay up-to-date on topics relevant to the NICHD community. I have walked away from each meeting with a greater appreciation for the complexities of today’s research: from what it means to have improved survival rates but long-lasting side effects to the nuances of big data. The meetings are broad enough to be interesting to both the basic and clinical researcher, and the underlying topics are relevant to young trainees as well as senior investigators. A highlight of each meeting is the in-depth discussion that follows the short introductory talks, where ideas and problems are tossed around and dissected. So set your experiment to run for a few hours and join the Exchange meetings for a thought-provoking session.
In this issue of The NICHD Connection, we cover July’s NICHD Exchange meeting, “The Next Frontier: Amassing, Warehousing, and Mining Big Data” and the annual Grantsmanship Workshop, a highly anticipated event organized by the NICHD Office of Education. We also cover information relevant to our current and future clinical fellows with a list of useful links for each NICHD clinical program.
Enjoy the hot weather!
Your Editor in Chief,
Shana R. Spindler, PhD