Postbac Elena Evans Receives Reviewer's Choice Abstract Award at American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting 

Elena Evans, postbac fellow in the laboratory of Joan Marini, MD, PhD, Section on Heritable Disorders of Bone and Extracellular Matrix, was selected as a Reviewer’s Choice Abstract Awardee at the 2023 American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) annual meeting in Washington D.C. During the event, which was held during the first week of November, Ms. Evans presented a poster titled “Breeding scheme affects mouse model for atypical type VI osteogenesis imperfecta with Ifitm5/BRIL p.S42L.“

Intramural Research Fellowship Winners Announced

The Intramural Research Fellowship (IRF) is a competitive research funding opportunity for NICHD postdoctoral, visiting, and clinical fellows. Its main objective is to promote grant writing among intramural trainees, while enhancing awareness of the various components of an NIH grant application.

Congratulations to the FOUR awardees for Fiscal Year 2024:

  • Aurora Kraus, PhD (Weinstein Lab)
  • Sanjana Sundararajan, PhD (Dasso Lab)
  • Tanmay Mondal, PhD (Banerjee Lab)
  • Matthew Manion, PhD (Petros Lab)

Check back in a future issue for more information about their work!

Call for Applications for CCB Fellowships 2024

The Center on Compulsive Behavior (CCB) will fund outstanding candidates, both clinical or basic science researchers, who are interested in studying topics aligned with the mission of the CCB and with a strong desire for interactions and collaboration with the labs in the IRP. Applications are open for postdoctoral fellows in the IRP within their first 2 years, or incoming postdoctoral fellows joining an IRP laboratory before September 30, 2024.

Additional information and the call for applications can be downloaded from the CCB Fellowship Program website. Application submission closes by 6 p.m. on Monday, January 15, 2024.

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Mass Media Science & Engineering Summer Fellowship  

Applications due January 1!

From the AAAS Mass Media Fellowship website:

“This highly competitive program strengthens the connections between scientists and journalists by placing advanced undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate level scientists, engineers, and mathematicians at media organizations nationwide. Fellows work as journalists at media organizations such as National Public Radio, Los Angeles Times, WIRED, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and NOVA…

…For 10 weeks during the summer, the AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows collaborate with media professionals at radio and television stations, newspapers, and magazines. As part of their job, the scientists and their journalist-hosts strive to make science news easy for the public to understand.”

For additional information about the program visit

Save the Date for Media 101: Defining the Media Landscape

Thursday, January 18, 2024

The NICHD Office of Communications has developed a new media training course, for anyone interested in an introduction to media relations at NIH. Media 101 will be offered for the first time on Thursday, January 18, 2024, 10–11 a.m., via Zoom.

Participants will get an introduction into the current media landscape, such as: defining newsworthiness, learning the structure and priorities of a newsroom, understanding reporters’ deadlines, knowing what to do when contacted by the media, and communicating complex scientific findings to the public. The course includes speaker presentations and individual/group exercises that will enable participants to practice explaining study findings in lay-friendly language.

This is a basic introduction on the importance of communicating science to the public and what that looks like in practice at NIH. You’ll also learn tips on how to explain study findings in a lay-friendly manner.

Sign up information has been distributed via email. Please contact Dr. Linda Huynh ( if you have questions.

NIH UNITE: Ending Structural Racism (ESR) Activities

The NIH UNITE initiative was established to identify and address structural racism within the NIH-supported and the greater scientific community.

The ESR Intranet includes various resources like the ToolkitNewsletterFAQs, and other information.

UNITE Milestones and Progress and the Co-Chairs Corner (public ESR webpages) are other avenues to stay informed on UNITE efforts.