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Wednesday, September 7, 12 – 1 PM

For All NICHD Postbac Fellows: Postbac Orientation Session & Pizza Lunch
Building 31, room 2A48

Our institute has approximately 50 postbacs conducting both clinical and basic science research. We would like you to meet each other while sharing various training and volunteer opportunities, such as ICU simulator rounds, the "Becoming an Effective Scientist" postbac course, shadowing at our Genetics or Endocrinology Clinic, and volunteering at the Children's Inn. Also, you can meet our two postbac representatives for NICHD: Daniel Flores and Rim Mehari. 

Through career development, outreach, and social activities, we want to enrich your NIH training experience. Come and join us!

Thursday, September 8, 8:30 AM

NICHD Scientific Retreat
Lipsett Auditorium, Building 10

See September Announcements for more info

Monday, September 12, 12 – 1:30 PM

“Becoming an Effective Scientist”
Clinical Center

Our annual postbac course will launch on Monday, September 12. This unique course, an NICHD tradition, runs over lunchtime on Mondays, from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m., in the Clinical Center. The intent is to create a comfortable environment within a small group of peers to perfect your analytical skills while expanding your knowledge of experimental techniques.

The 11-week series will launch with a practical focus, including designing experiments, keeping a good lab notebook, and presenting your research. In subsequent weeks, we will shift to mini-lectures and paper analysis with a scientific focus. Directed by Dr. Afrouz Anderson, this year’s curriculum will cover different areas of biomedical research, including neuroscience, endocrinology, physical biology, epigenetics, and cellular and molecular biology, as well as X sessions with a clinical research focus. 

We provide pizza, by the way, so you only need to bring a beverage with you. And for those of you who attend more than half of the sessions, we provide a certificate in recognition of your participation. We don’t restrict participation to NICHD. If you know of a postbac friend in another institute who would be interested, please let me know. 

If you would like to register, please contact Yvette Pittman at There are only 15 slots left.

Wednesday – Friday, September 14 – 16, 9 AM

NIH Research Festival
Building 10

More info at

Friday, September 30, 10 – 11 AM

NICHD Postdoc and Graduate Student Orientation
(For new postdocs and graduate students)

Building 31, room 2A48

Led by the NICHD Office of Education, the orientation will highlight both NICHD and NIH-wide intramural resources for postdoc fellows and graduate students. Topics will include, but not limited to:

  • Career-planning tools
  • Grant opportunities for fellows
  • Ideas for presenting your science locally
  • Scientific resources and core facilities available to you

We will share information about key programs to support your professional development, complementing the mentored experience you will have at the bench. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet fellows from other research areas and different buildings on campus.

To register, please contact Yvette Pittman (