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NICHD Aspen Conference on Maternal-Fetal-Neonatal-Reproductive Medicine

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August 25-28, 2010


Office of the Director (OD), NICHD


Given Institute, Aspen, Colorado


The NICHD Aspen conference is an annual meeting held in collaboration with the University of Colorado to facilitate the interest and training of academic physician scientists. The meeting, now it its 22nd year, is open to fellows in neonatology, maternal fetal medicine, and reproductive endocrinology who have a plan of academic medicine as a career. The fellows are nominated by their department and approved by NICHD with a goal of one fellow per program. Faculty, representative of the thought leaders and mentors in the field, are invited to give cutting-edge lectures and to participate in breakout groups including a mock study section, clinical trial design workshop, and luncheon sessions on balancing career, work, and home. There is a high faculty to fellow ratio to facilitate mentoring and interaction at the meeting.

This meeting has had a huge impact on the field, facilitating interest in pursuing academics with outstanding evaluations by the participants. Coordination of this workshop is through the NICHD OD and includes the Pregnancy and Perinatology (PP), Reproductive Sciences, and Contraceptive & Reproductive Health branches.

This year, the meeting is co-sponsored by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Society, the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and the American Academy of Pediatrics (Section on Perinatal Medicine).

The goals of the conference are to:

  • Facilitate the interest and training of academic physician scientists.
  • Foster collaboration across subspecialties.
  • Encourage mentoring between faculty and fellows.


Dr. Cathy Spong, PP Branch, Center for Developmental Biology and Perinatal Medicine, NICHD
Tel: (301) 435-6894

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