Dr. Constantine Stratakis was designated Scientific Director of the Division of Intramural Research at NICHD.
Brenda Hanning was named Deputy Director of Liaison & Training.
NICHD intramural investigators published over 100 articles during fiscal year 2011—impressive!
NICHD leadership organized the Scientific Vision Series, a compilation of workshops and meetings arranged to identify upcoming scientific opportunities and establish an agenda that meets the needs of the NICHD mission over the next decade.
NICHD Fellows had the opportunity to attend over 10 workshops designed to promote professional development in the areas of writing, abstract preparation, career selection, public speaking, networking, teaching, interviewing, and team science development---to name just a few.
NICHD leadership treated our postdocs to a pizza party extravaganza in honor of National Postdoc Appreciation week in September.
NICHD Fellows gathered for lunch, organized by the NICHD Fellows Committee, four times this year, including two outings to downtown Bethesda and two brown bag lunch meetings on campus. The brown bag lunch and “Wiki Workshop” lead by Jeremy Swan and Nichole Jonas was a huge success!
The Seventh Annual NICHD Fellows Retreat went off without a hitch! Fellows gathered at the beautiful Airlie Center in Warrenton, VA for two days of inspiring seminars, world-class science, and a little humor from Marc Abrahams, organizer of the Ig Nobel Prizes!
Fellow Awards and Honors
The NICHD had a whopping 22 FARE (Fellows Award for Research Excellence) winners – see The NICHD Connection July 2011 issue for a full list of recipients
Hiro Wake, MD, PhD, was selected as a Society for Neuroscience symposium speaker.
Beth Stevens, PhD, was selected as a Society for Neuroscience symposium speaker.
Melissa K. Crocker, MD, received the Pediatric Endocrine Society travel grant, the 19th Advanced Postgraduate Course on Growth and Growth Disorders travel grant, and the Endocrine Society Clinical Fellows travel grant. Her abstract was also selected for the Endocrine Society Presidential Poster Session.
Anna Kane received the Best Proposal Poster award at the NIH Graduate Student Research Festival.
Lauren Waters, PhD, was named 2011 NICHD Fellow Mentor of the Year.
Investigator Awards and Honors
Irwin Arias, MD, received the American Liver Foundation Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award.
Jeffrey Baron, MD, NIH Fellows Committee Distinguished Clinical Teacher Award
Juan Salvador Bonifacino, PhD, was elected vice-chair of the Pan-American Association of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Harold Burgess, PhD, received the Director’s Challenge Innovation Award for his work titled "Volumetric Imaging of Neuronal Dynamics in the Developing Zebrafish Larvae," in collaboration with Dr. Hari Shroff (NIBIB).
Mary Dasso, PhD, was awarded distinguished alumnus recognition by Robert D. Clark Honors College.
Angela Delaney, MD, was an Endocrine Society Presidential Poster Competition nominee. She also received the Endocrine Society Clinical Fellows Travel Grant and the Pediatric Endocrine Society Travel Award.
Melvin DePamphilis, PhD, received the NIH Director's Challenge Award for his "siRNA screen for genes that regulate genome duplication in human cells.”
Joan Han, MD, received the NIH Bench to Bedside Award and the Merit Award for NICHD.
Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, PhD, was named a Fellow of the Biophysical Society ¿for groundbreaking advances in optical highlighter fluorescent protein technology and impact on the field of superresolution microscopy.
Maya Lodish, MD, was elected a Member of the Children’s Oncology Group.
Y. Peng Loh, PhD, received the 2011 NIH Director's Award.
Karel Pacak, MD, PhD, DSc, received a Gold Medal from the Slovak Medical Society, Slovakia.
Roberto Romero, MD, was awarded the John Dingell Hero for Babies Award by the March of Dimes.
Gisela Storz, PhD, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Constantine Stratakis, MD, DSc, was named NICHD Scientific Director of the Division of Intramural Research.
Heiner Westphal, MD, received the NIH Center for Regenerative Medicine (NCRM) Award for "iPS cells for the analysis and treatment of SLOS, a rare childhood disorder."
Erin Wolff, MD, was named Scholar of the Reproductive Scientist Development Program, Phase II and appointed Assistant Clinical Investigator.
Roger Woodgate, PhD, was named 2011 NICHD Investigator Mentor of the Year.
Jack Yanovski, MD, PhD, received the NIH Bench to Bedside Award for “Fat Metabolism and Function-Altering Polymorphisms in MC3R” in the Minority Health category and the NIH Bench to Bedside Award for “Depression and Insulin Resistance in Adolescent Girls” in the Behavioral & Social Sciences Category.
Staff Awards and honors
Alicia Armstrong, MD, was a finalist for the ASRM Scientific Program Prize Paper at the Annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
Victor Chernomordik, PhD, was awarded the designation of Senior Member of the Optical Society of America.
Pamela Stratton, MD, received the Distinguished Service Medal from the United States Public Health Service for her significant career accomplishments as a gynecologic surgeon and researcher.
Jeremy Swan and Nichole Jonas received the OD Honor Award for their outstanding accomplishments as part of the Animal Welfare and Scientific Research Symposium Team.
Congratulations to everyone on such a successful year!