View a 508-compliant PDF of this issue here: NICHD_Connection_2014_01.pdf

Calling all NICHD Fellows who are applying for a K99/R00 Award in 2014!  

The Office of Education is here to guide you and offer our support as you go through the K99/R00 application process. Give yourself six months of lead-time, and we highly recommend that you first meet with your mentor to discuss your interest in applying. Then, assuming you have the full support of your mentor to apply for this career development award, you should arrange a meeting with Brenda Hanning and Dr. Yvette Pittman. We will provide you with some helpful documents full of grant-writing advice, including a detailed checklist of items that you will need to complete—starting from several months before the deadline up to the in-person electronic submission date. As an NICHD intramural fellow, be aware that you are required to have approval from the Scientific Director (SD) to apply for a K99/R00 award. Your mentor must write a letter of intent to the SD to request authorization to proceed with your application. Note: New applications and resubmissions can ONLY be submitted up to the end of your fourth year; the application deadlines are February 12, June 12, and October 12.

SAVE THE DATE: NICHD Exchange, February 12, 3–5 PM

The next NICHD exchange will be held Wednesday, February 12 from 3–5PM in the 5th floor conference room of 6100 Executive Blvd. 

Title: Healthy Lifestyles: Eat Well, Exercise Well, Drive Well, Be Well

Speakers to include:

  • Gilman Grave, M.D. (PGNB): “Obesity: From Cosmetic Concern to Medical Alert”
  • Joan Han, M.D. (PDEGEN): “Prevention and Treatment of Obesity: What Works, What Doesn't Work, What Maybe Works”
  • Tiina Urv, Ph.D. (IDDB): TBA
  • Bruce Simons-Morton, Ed.D., M.P.H. (DIPHR): "Teenage Risky Drivers and Their Passengers”

10th Annual Grad Student Research Symposium This Month

Join NIH graduate students at this year’s annual Graduate Student Research Symposium. The event features dissertation research posters, a keynote address from Dr. Chris Austin, director of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, oral presentations by NIH graduate students (including our own Anna Kane), granting of NIH Graduate Student Research Awards, presentation of the annual Outstanding Mentor Awards, and a graduation ceremony to honor those who have recently defended. Read more at See you there!

Calling All NICHD Fellows—It's Image Competition Time!

The 10th Annual NICHD Fellows Meeting will be held in April 2014 and we would like one of you to supply us with an image that represents some of the work done by us here at NICHD.

Do you have an image of your science that you would like us to use as the image for this year's retreat? The winning image, chosen by the retreat steering committee, will be showcased on the retreat website, on posters, and used as the front cover of the event program. All submissions that we receive will be used to produce a gallery of our varied imaging talents on the retreat website. You can take a look at the image submissions from previous years at In addition to image resolution and quality, selection criteria include the relevance to our institute’s mission and aesthetics of the image.

If you have something interesting, then send it over (at the highest possible resolution) to Nicki Swan ( with a brief caption for the image. The deadline for submissions is January 13th. Best of luck!