Professional Development Workshop 2016

2016 Professional Development and Mock Review Workshop


Professional Development Workshop

May 23, 2016 (Day 1)


7:00 – 8:00 AM Registration and Poster Setup
8:00- 8:15 AM

Introduction (Workshop Orientation, Preview, and Housekeeping Information)

Drs. Peter Ogunbiyi and John Ojeifo, NCI CRCHD

8:15 - 8:30 AM

Welcome Remarks: CRCHD Program Updates and Future Plans

Dr. Sanya A. Springfield, NCI CRCHD

8:30 - 9:15 AM

Keynote Address: Planning for Success: The Importance of Mentoring and Networking in Biomedical Research

Dr. Hannah Valantine, NIH, Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity

9:15 – 9:30 AM


9:30 – 10:00 AM

Plenary Session: NCI Funding Opportunities, Policy, and Grants

Moderator, Dr. Behrous Davani, NCI CRCHD


Updates in NCI Policies, Guidelines, and FOAs —  Dr. Christopher Hatch, NCI Division of Extramural Activities (DEA)


Post-Award Grant Management — Drs Sean Hine and Marianne Galczynski, NCI Office of Grants Administration (OGA)


10:00 - 10:30 AM


10:30 - 10:45 AM

Break and Poster Setup

10:45 - 11:30 AM

Interactive Network Session I (Round Table Format)

Dr. Davyd Chung, NCI CRCHD


Participants will sit at a pre-assigned table (team) based on their similar research discipline and geographical region. The first 25 minutes will be devoted to a speed networking session in which each participant will spend around 3 minutes introducing themselves and conversing with the other participants one-on-one. Examples of networking topics will be: name, institution, research focus, and areas of collaboration needed. For the remaining 20 minutes, each team will be assigned a recently published cancer manuscript related to each team’s research discipline. The goal is for the team to work together to develop a draft Specific Aims Summary Page by the end of Session II and have a better understanding of grants writing and the review process. CRCHD will provide a paper template, and a Program Director (PD) will be available to help facilitate when needed. Session I will focus more on reading the manuscript and coming up with ideas.

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Break (Lunch On Your Own)

Participants will have the opportunity for one-on-one meetings and interactions with CRCHD PDs.

12:15 - 2:15 PM

Poster Session and Networking

2:15 - 4:15 PM

Plenary Interactive Session: Resilience in the Job Search (Thoughts on Being Happy)

Moderator, Dr. Sharon Milgram, NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE)


Biomedical research careers require technical expertise and a broader skill-set including the ability to lead and work on teams. In this workshop we will explore principles of leadership and management using principles of emotional intelligence. We will also discuss career planning, finding mentorship and thoughts on juggling the many responsibilities we all have. The workshop will be interactive and allow for discussion among participants.


4:15 - 4:30 PM

Break and Networking Opportunities

4:30 - 5:15 PM

Workshop I: The Health Disparities Calculator (HD*Calc)

Drs. Nancy Breen and Denise Lewis, NCI DCCPS, and Dr. Steve Scoppa, Information Management Services, Inc.

5:15 - 6:30 PM

Interactive Network Session II: Research Collaborations and Networking (Round Table Format)

Davyd Chung, NCI CRCHD 


In Session II, teams will use the first 45 minutes to develop their Specific Aims Summary Page. In the final 30 minutes, teams will present a draft to their assigned PD. The PD will provide feedback and lead a time of discussion in which the team will review its own Specific Aims Summary Page based on certain review criteria.


6:30 PM Adjourn for the Day


Young Investigators Special Session

May 23, 2016 (Day 1)


9:15 - 9:20 AM

Welcome to Young Investigators Special Session and Opening Remarks

Dr. Nelson Aguila, NCI CRCHD

9:20 - 9:30 AM


9:30 - 11:30 AM

Forum on NCI Intramural Training Opportunities

Moderator, Dr. Tiffany Wallace, NCI CRCHD 


1. CCR Training Opportunities — Jonathan Wiest, NCI CCR

2. DCEG Fellowship Opportunities — Jackie Lavigne, NCI DCEG

3. Cancer Prevention Fellowship — Lisa Signorello, NCI DCP

4. DCCPS Postdoc Training Opportunities — Richard Moser, NCI DCCPS


Open Discussion with Panel


11:30 AM – 12:15 PM

Lunch Break (On Your Own)

12:15 – 2:15 PM

Young Investigators Poster Session

Included in Main Workshop Poster Session

2:15 - 4:30 PM

Forum on Current and Ongoing NCI Intramural Research

Moderator, Dr. Olivia Olivero, NCI CCT


1. Overview of NCI Intramural Research — Glenn Merlino, NCI CCR

2. Basic Sciences Research — Kandice Tanner, NCI CCR

3. Cancer Research Interns (CRI) Summer Program — Andrea Apolo, NCI CCR

4. Translational / Epidemiology Research — Lindsay Morton, NCI DCEG


Open Discussion with Panel


4:30 - 5:30 PM

Forum on Networking Opportunities and Summer Programs

Moderator, Dr. Anil Wali, NCI CRCHD


1. The Geographical Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program (GMaP) — Anil Wali, NCI CRCHD

2. Introduction to Cancer Research Careers Program (ICRC) — Agustina Boswell, NCI OD

3. Cancer Research Interns (CRI) Summer Program — Vi Black, NCI CCR


Open Discussion with Panel




Professional Development Workshop

May 24, 2016 (Day 2)



7:00 - 8:00 AM


8:00 - 8:10 AM

Summary of Day 1 and Preview of Day 2

Drs. John Ojeifo, Anil Wali and Nicole McNeil, NCI CRCHD

8:10 - 8:25 AM

Award Ceremony and Photograph of Poster Session Winners

Drs. Mary Ann Van Duyn and Peter Ogunbiyi, NCI CRCHD

8:25 - 9:30 AM

Workshop II: The New NIH Policy on Reproducibility through Rigor and Transparency

Dr. Patricia Valdez, NIH Reproducibility Efforts Office, OEP

9:30 - 9:45 AM

Break and Networking Opportunities

9:45 - 10:45 AM

Plenary Session: Securing and Sustaining Research Independence in Academia

Moderator, Dr. Ming Lei, NCI CCT


1. Writing Successful Research Grant Proposals — Dipali Sharma, Johns Hopkins University

2. NIH Peer Review Process and CSR's Early Career Reviewer Program — Karyl Schwartz, NIH CSR



10:45 AM

Closing Comments and Adjournment of 2016 Professional Development Workshop

Dr. Peter Ogunbiyi, NCI CRCHD



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