Welcome to the 29th NICHD Young Investigator's Conference!
The NICHD Young Investigators Conference is an annual meeting to facilitate the interest and training of academic physician scientists. The meeting, now it its 29th year, is open to fellows and junior faculty in neonatology, maternal fetal medicine and reproductive endocrinology who have a plan of academic medicine as a career. The fellows/junior faculty are nominated by their department and approved by NICHD with a goal of one attendee 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, both formally through didactic lectures and workshop sessions, as well as informally at meals, at the meeting. Participants are required to attend the meeting in its entirety from September 5 at 3PM through September 7 at 3PM.
This conference is coordinated through NICHD's Office of the Director, and includes the Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch, Gynecologic Health and Disease Branch, and Program in Reproductive and Adult Endocrinology. 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.
On this website, you will find the information you need to help you prepare for the meeting. The agenda will provide an overview of the meeting, which includes presentations and breakout groups. As mentioned in the correspondence you have received, there are two break-out sessions, one on designing a clinical trial and one that is a mock study section. Both of these require advance preparation, and you should consult with your Program Director. There are documents on this website to facilitate your preparation. Please give yourself enough time to review the literature for the clinical trials workshop and the three grants for the mock study section, as well as consultation with your Program Director.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions. Your best contacts are:
- REI: Dr. Lisa Halvorson, Gynecologic Health and Disease Branch, NICHD
- MFM: Dr. Uma Reddy, Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch, NICHD
- Global Health: Dr. Marion Koso-Thomas, Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch, NICHD
- NEO: Dr. Rosemary Higgins, Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch, NICHD
- NEO: Dr. Tonse Raju, Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch, NICHD
General Conference Information
Participants: Tell Us What You Thought About
Information for Maternal-Fetal Medicine & Neonatal (MFM NEO Fellows)
Clinical trials session
Please note that these documents are the same as for REI fellows.
Information for Reproductive Medicine (REI) Fellows
Clinical trials session
Please note that these documents are the same as for MFM NEO fellows.
- The Butterfield Lecture: Adrenal function in newborn infants: physiology and clinical implications - Kristi L. Watterberg, M.D. (PDF - 979 KB)
- Clinical Trial Issues and Methodology - Ray Bain, Ph.D. (PDF - 869 KB)
- Delayed Cord Clamping or Umbilical. Is there a difference? Does it matter? - Anup Katheria, M.D. (PDF - 2.7 MB)
- Endometriosis - A Complex Systematic Disease - Hugh S. Taylor, M.D. (PDF - 2.4 MB)
- Funding and Training Opportunities - Rosemary D. Higgins, M.D. (PDF - 727 KB)
- My Path in Clinical Research - Methodius G. Tuuli, M.D., M.P.H. (PDF - 2 MB)
- The National Institutes of Health: An Insider (Outsider)'s Overview - Diana W. Bianchi, M.D. (PDF - 1.1 MB)
- New Bio-sketch Clinical Trial Workshop Mock Study Section - Tonse N. K. Raju, M.D. (PDF - 958 KB)
"The NIH grants talk" Or there and back again. . . and again and again - Kristi Watterberg, M.D. (PDF - 415 KB)
NIH Research Support Mechanisms for Young Investigators - Uma M. Reddy, M.D., M.P.H. (PDF - 973 KB)
- Pregnancy Loss: Lessons Learned - Bob Silver (PDF - 7 MB)
- Prenatal Genetic Diagnosis in the Genomic Era - Igna Van den Veyver, M.D. (PDF - 2.7 MB)
- REI Clinical Trials Workshop: RCT of Vitamin D and Fibroids - Erica E. Marsh, M.D., MSci (PDF - 2 MB)
- Work Life Balance - Rosemary D. Higgins, M.D. (PDF - 117 KB)
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