And just like that, we’re at another anniversary issue. This month marks a full 12 years of The NICHD Connection. This is a jam-packed publication, so I will keep my words brief! I mainly want to thank all of the current and former NICHD fellows who have created this strong community of researchers and clinician-scientists. Every month, I am amazed by your accomplishments and resilience!

Let’s kick off this anniversary issue with not one, but two Former Fellow Follow-Ups. We recently chatted with Dr. Parmit Singh, research scientist at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Dr. Mayumi Miller, research biologist at the FDA. If you’re aiming for a research-focused career, check out these Q&As to learn about two different ways to stay in the lab.

Over the past 12 years, we’ve added a few new columns. One of my favorites is the Deconstructing Bias column, a place where we can learn about issues of equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. One topic at a time, we educate ourselves to break the cycle of bias and disparities in society and biomedical research. This month, we focus on the topic of marginalization.  

We wrap up this issue with our Clinical Corner column, the Rep Report, and many exciting June announcements and events. Cheers to another year of connecting, supporting, and celebrating NICHD fellows and all that you do! 

Your Editor in Chief,
Shana R. Spindler, PhD  

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