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Monday, May 11, 3–5 PM

NICHD Exchange poster, info in textNICHD Exchange Quarterly Meeting

Building 6100, Room 5A01

“Unique Challenges of Conducting Clinical Trials in Vulnerable Populations” 

Vulnerable populations are characterized in many ways ranging from their socioeconomic status, ethnicity, developmental stage, to health status. Disparities in services, resources, and health outcomes are often associated with these groups as well as specific risks for harm. Much more research is needed to understand the complex interplay of factors that contribute to the health and well-being of vulnerable populations or that place them at risk for poor outcomes. However,  many barriers  exist to conducting research including challenges in participant recruitment, patient  distrust of research, lack of confidentiality, fear of safety, schedule conflicts, poor access to medical care, lack of knowledge, language, and cultural differences to name a few! Join us to learn how more about the unique challenges of conducting clinical trials in this population and successful strategies for overcoming barriers.

  • Valerie Maholmes:  Unique challenges of conducting clinical trials in vulnerable populations
  • Anne Zajicek: Innovative trial designs? Phase 1-2 trial designs in neonates
  • Uma Reddy: Clinical trials in pregnancy
  • Jack Yanovski: Pediatric and adolescent obesity
  • Denny Porter:  Development of 2-Hydroxypropyl-B-cyclodextrin therapy for Niemann-Pick Disease, type C1

Friday, May 29, 10–11:30 AM

For All New Fellows: NICHD Postdoc Orientation

Room 2A48, Building 31

What unique opportunities are available to you at the NICHD? You can learn the answer at our quarterly NICHD postdoc orientation. This orientation is separate from all of the other orientations, and it supplements the NIH-wide Office of Intramural Training and Education session. If you recently joined an intramural NICHD lab as a postdoc or visiting fellow, please plan to attend this NICHD-specific event.

Led by the NICHD Office of Education, the orientation will highlight both NICHD and NIH-wide intramural resources for postdoc fellows. Topics will include career-planning tools, grant opportunities for fellows, ideas for presenting your science locally, and the core facilities available to you. You will have the opportunity to meet fellows from other research areas and in different buildings. And we will share information on our key programs that support your professional development, complementing the mentored experience you will have at the bench.