The NICHD Division of Intramural Research (DIR) and Division of Intramural Population Health Research (DIPHR), with the help of the Retreat Steering Committee, held the Fifteenth Annual Meeting of Postdoctoral, Clinical, and Visiting Fellows and Graduate Students at the William F. Bolger Center in Potomac, Maryland on May 31, 2019. The day began with a thought-provoking perspective on modern science and mentorship by NICHD Scientific Director Dr. Constantine A. Stratakis, followed by a fascinating keynote presentation on the benefits of dog genetics by Dr. Elaine Ostrander, NIH Distinguished Investigator and Chief of the Cancer Genetics and Comparative Genomics Branch in the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). Check out the full recap here!
Dr. Mengying Li, postdoctoral fellow in the Epidemiology Branch, DIPHR, won second place in the 2019 Three-minute-Talk (TmT) Competition, which included fellows from the NICHD, NHGRI, NIDCR, NIAMS, NEI and NCATS.
Dan Castranova, an aquatic research specialist in the Weinstein Lab, won the first place award in the 2019 NICHD DIR-DIPHR Scientific Retreat Image Competition with his image of adult fish scales (top image at right). And Leana Ramos, a postbac fellow in the Le Pichon Lab, won the second place award for her image of sensory neurons from the right leg of a mouse projecting to the spinal cord (bottom image at right).
Dr. María Queralt-Martín, nominated by postbac William Rosencrans, received the NICHD Fellow Mentor of the Year Award.
Dr. Alan Hinnebusch, nominated by postdoc Dr. Suna Gulay, received the NICHD Investigator Mentor of the Year Award.
Twenty-four NICHD fellows received the 2020 Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE Awards) at the 2019 Annual NIH Research Festival (complete list here).
During the 2019 Postbac Poster Day, a total of 18 NICHD postbacs received an Outstanding Poster Award for scoring within the top 20-percent of all posters, NIH-wide. See a complete list here. In addition, a panel of NICHD postdocs and graduate students selected the postbac poster presentations from our institute that scored within the top 25-percent of all NICHD posters, with winners found in the June 2019 issue announcements.
NICHD postbacs were accepted into 17 professional schools for MD, PhD, or MD/PhD programs, including: George Washington University; University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine; University of South Florida Morsani School of Medicine; Kansas City University; NIH-Johns Hopkins Graduate Partnership Program; University of Arizona; University of Michigan; Duke University; Thomas Jefferson University; Emory University; Stanford University; Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine; Northeastern University; Columbia University Teachers College; University of Massachusetts; University of Miami; Virginia Commonwealth University.
A big THANK YOU to all of our 2019 newsletter contributors:
Elizabeth Baden, Jillian Belgrad, Sydella Blatch, Katherine Bonnington, Allyson Byrd, Carol Carnahan, Li Chen, Sam Choudhury, Nicole Ellis, Ariel Eraso, Rose Freel, Charly Guardia, Suna Gulay, Monica Gupta, Linda Huynh, Anshika Jain, Sara King, Amy Kullas, Feng Li, Amrita Mandal, Thomas Miller, Kate Monzo, Yvette Pittman, Megha Rajendran, Leana Ramos, Sonia Robinson, Kely Sheldon, Patricia Silveyra, Carissa Stover, Nichole Swan, Dennis Twombly, Christa Ventresca, Erin Walsh, Katie Wendover, Zelia Worman
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