I was thrilled to meet so many fellows at the annual fellows’ retreat in October. I heard from several trainees that this was their first in-person retreat since joining NICHD! Three fellows have written beautiful reflections on the day—from the perspectives of a postbac, a graduate student, and a postdoctoral researcher. Their sentiments coalesce on a central theme: the non-linear nature of a career in science.

As the retreat highlighted, every year has the potential to bring something new. As this year ends, we celebrate the many accomplishments of NICHD fellows in our 2023 Year in Review, including a genuine thank you to the fellows who supported this newsletter with research achievements, career stories, and wonderful articles.

That said, the year isn’t quite over yet. Check out The Rep Report and the December announcements and events for several career-building opportunities and events still to come.

If you’re looking for something new—perhaps a fun writing opportunity—we always welcome new and returning voices, so please reach out if you’d like to contribute to this publication! I hope to meet many more of you in the new year.

Your Editor in Chief,
Shana R. Spindler, PhD

This newsletter is for NICHD fellows and by NICHD fellows. We want to hear from you! Please send your questions, comments, and ideas to our editor at shana.spindler@nih.gov.