Professional Development Workshop 2015

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2015 Professional Development and Mock Review Workshop

Theme: Building an Independent Career in Scientific Research




Main Professional Development Workshop -- June 8, 2015 (Day 1)


7:00 – 8:00 AM Registration; NOVA Research Company/CRCHD Staff
8:00 - 8:15 AM

Welcome Remarks — Dr. Peter Ogunbiyi, NCI CRCHD

8:15 - 9:30 AM

Plenary Session NCI Funding Opportunities, Policy & Grants

Moderator — Yolanda Vallejo-Estrada, NCI CRCHD

8:15 8:45 AM

Overview of CURE Grant Mechanisms — Peter Ogunbiyi, NCI CRCHD

Updates in NCI Policies & Guidelines — Christopher Hatch, NCI DEA

Post–Award Grant Management — Maricela Trujillo, NCI OGA

8:45 – 9:30 AM


9:30 – 9:45 AM Break and Poster Set Up
>9:45 – 11:30 AM

Plenary Session: Intramural Research Career Opportunities at NCI/NIH Moderator— Jonathan Wiest, NCI CCT

9:45 –10:25 AM

Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program — Charles Dearolf, NIH OIR

Stadtman Tenure Track Investigators Recruitment — Roland Owens, NIH OIR

Current Stadtman Scholar — Brid Ryan, NCI CCR

Demystifying intramural research environment: entrance, tenure and potential outcomes — Richard Wyatt, NIH OIR

10:25 AM – 11:30 AM Discussion
11:30 AM– Noon Lunch Break (on your own)
Noon – 2:00 PM Poster Session
2:00 – 5:00 PM

Plenary Session: Planning for Career Satisfaction and Success—Sharon Milgram, NIH OITE


In this interactive session, we will:

Examine important elements of the career planning and job search process.

Provide exercises to help you examine your skill set, work needs, gaps that need to be filled, and long-term goals.


Other topics that will be explored in this session includes:


Informational interviewing interviews.

Career mentors.

Dealing with setback.


Participants will leave the session with knowledge about:

A concrete career exploration.

Job search plan for the future.

5:00 –5:45 PM

Breakout Session 1: The Health Disparities Calculator (HD*Calc)— Nancy Breen, Antoinette Percy-Laurry, Denise Lewis, & Steve Scoppa, NCI DCCPS

This breakout session will:

Provide an overview to assist participants in understanding and using HD*Calc.


Overview of HD*Calc:

HD*Calc is a statistical software program that generates multiple summary health disparity measures.

HD*Calc can be used as an extension of SEER*Stat, which allows users to import Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) data.

Data such as cancer rates, survival, and stage at diagnosis, which are categorized by groups such as ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, and geographic area, can be used with HD*Calc to generate 11 absolute and relative summary measures of disparity.


Use of HD*Calc is not limited to the cancer domain. It can be used with:

Any population–based health data, such as from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), Tobacco Use Supplement to the Current Population Survey (TUS–CPS), the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), or other data sets.


Breakout Session 2: The New NIH Biosketch Neil Thakur, NIH OD, Karen Peterson, NIH NIBIB, & Bart Trawick, NIH/NLM/NCBI

This breakout session will describe the new format for the NIH biosketch and the reasons behind the change. The breakout session will also describe Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv), an online tool that applicants can use to generate NIH biosketches.

5:45 –6:30 PM Poster Session and Networking
6:30 PM Adjourn for the day




Young Investigators Special Session June 8, 2015 (Day 1)


7:00 – 9:00 AM Registration
9:15– 9:30 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks — Nelson Aguila, NCI CRCHD (PDF)

9:30 – 11:30 AM Forum on NCI Intramural Training Opportunities
Moderator — Tiffany Wallace, NCI CRCHD
9:30 – 10:15 AM

DCEG Fellowship Opportunities — Jackie Lavigne, NCI DCEG (PDF)

Cancer Prevention Fellowship — Lisa Signorello, NCI DCP (PDF)

DCCPS Postdoc Training Opportunities — Richard Moser, NCI DCCPS (PDF)

10:15 –11:30 AM Discussion
11:30 – Noon Lunch Break
Noon – 2:00 PM Join Main Workshop Poster Session
2:00 – 4:00 PM Forum on NCI Intramural Research Opportunities
Moderator — Ofelia Olivero, NCI CCR
2:00 – 3:00 PM

Basic Sciences Research — Glenn Merlino, NCI CCR (PDF)

Clinical Sciences Research — Terry Fry, NCI CCR

Translational/Epidemiology Research — Lindsay Morton, NCI DCEG (PDF)

Research at NCI Frederick — Howard Young, NCI–Frederick CCR (PDF)

3:00 –4:00 PM Discussion
4:00–5:00 PM Young Investigators Poster Session
5:00 PM Session Adjourned



Main Professional Development Workshop June 9, 2015 (Day 2)


7:30 – 8:00 AM Registration — JHU Atrium
8:00 – 8:10 AM Summary of Day 1 and Preview of Day 2 — John Ojeifo, NCI CRCHD (PDF)
8:10 – 8:30 AM Award Ceremony and Photograph of Poster Session Winners — Mary Ann Van Duyn and Peter Ogunbiyi, NCI CRCHD
8:30 – 10:30 AM Plenary Session: Building an Independent Career in Scientific Research Moderator — Ming Lei, NCI CCT (PDF)
8:30 – 9:45 AM

CSR's Early Career Reviewer Program — Karyl Swartz, NIH CSR (PDF)

Career Transitions: from Postdoc to Investigator — Nicole LaRonde, University of Maryland (PDF)

Skills in Developing Research Independence — Lisa Signorello, NCI DCP (PDF)

9:45 – 10:30 AM


10:30 AM Closing Comments and Adjournment of 2015 Professional Development Workshop — Peter Ogunbiyi, NCI CRCHD



Mock Review Workshop June 9, 2015 (Day 2)


11:00 AM – Noon Working Lunch on Your Own & Orientation to Mock Review — Robert Freund, NIH CSR
Noon – 4:00 PM Mock Review Exercise — Robert Freund, NIH CSR
4:00 PM Adjournment of 2015 Mock Review Workshop



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