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One of my favorite activities as The NICHD Connection editor is following up with former NICHD fellows. This month, we check in with Dr. Mengying Li, former postdoctoral fellow of the Zhang lab (Division of Intramural Population Health Research). Dr. Li has extensive epidemiology experience, and she is putting those skills to work as a staff scientist at the National Cancer Institute, where she supports melanoma and lung cancer research.

As we follow up with Dr. Li, we also welcome our newest clinical fellows to the NICHD training programs. Check out our article to match a few names to faces!

We round out this issue with a new “Deconstructing Bias” column on structural racism. Postbac fellow Frances Fernando writes about the definition and implications of this important topic and offers a few examples of structural racism to consider. Plus, she presents additional learning material at the end of the article.

With that, please remember to browse this month’s Rep Report and September announcements for information about upcoming programs and events! Enjoy the cooler weather, and we’ll see you next month.

Your Editor in Chief,
Shana R. Spindler, PhD

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