As the current NICHD Basic Sciences Institutes and Centers (IC) Representative, I represent NICHD postdoctoral fellows at the NIH Fellows Committee (FelCom) meeting every month and share the latest news with you here. Do you have a concern or question that you want brought up at the next meeting? Contact me at!

The August FelCom meeting included a short presentation by Irwin Arias, MD, Senior Scientist Emeritus, NIH. He introduced the Demystifying Medicine Seminar Series, which presents patients, pathology, diagnosis, and therapy in the context of major disease problems and current research. This series is designed to help bridge the gap between advances in biology and their application to major human diseases. He encouraged all postdoc fellows to join the lecture series. All Demystifying Medicine Seminar Series lectures are stored in the NIH VideoCast and can be accessed if live lectures are missed.

Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE) co-chairs presented a summary of the FARE2023 statistics and results to the scientific directors (SDs). The SDs agreed to continue the 6th-year extension eligibility for FARE applications. A total of 16 Scientific Interest Groups (SIGs) have accepted to grant additional awards to FARE2023 recipients. The selected FARE2023 awardees will be invited to give a talk at their respective SIG.

Postdoctoral Research Associate Training (PRAT) applications will open on September 3rd! Incoming and early-stage postdocs are encouraged to apply (postdocs who started their postdoc on or after July 1, 2021, are eligible). Applications are due on October 3rd. If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to reach out to PRAT liaison Veronica Ryan (, or the program director, Edgardo Falcón-Morales (

The Career Development Committee is planning to organize a series of three panels on “Careers in Academia” from September to November. The schedule and further details will be available soon, so stay tuned!

Women Scientists Advisors Committee (WSA) invites you to join the 2022 Anita B. Roberts Lecture, a series that highlights the outstanding research achievements of woman scientists in the NIH Intramural Research Program and honors the role of Dr. Anita Roberts as an exceptional mentor and scientist.

  • Speaker: Brigitte Widemann, MD, Senior Investigator and Chief of the Pediatric Oncology Branch, Center for Cancer Research, NCI
  • Title: “Advancing the Development of Effective Therapies for Children and Adults with Rare Tumors”
  • Date: November 3, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
  • Videocast:

Did you know that there are several ways to stay informed on postdoc activities and events? You can sign up for the FelCom listserv (Fellow-L) and the Visiting Fellows listserv.