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Rockville, Maryland

Day One: Thursday, September 11, 2008
Time Event
8:30 am Introductory Remarks and Overview
Courtney Ferrell, Ph.D., Chief Individual Fellowships Program, Division of Developmental Translational Research (DDTR)

Cheryl Boyce, Ph.D., Associate Director for Training and Career Development, Division of Developmental Translational Research (DDTR)


Welcome from the Office and Division Directors of NIMH
Molly Oliveri, Ph.D., Director, Division of Developmental Translational Research (DDTR)

Michael Sesma, Ph.D., Chief, Research Scientist Development Program, Office for Special Populations (OSP)

Jean Noronha, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Division of Extramural Activities (DEA)

Philip Wang, M.D., Dr.P.H., Director, Division of Services and Intervention Research (DSIR)

Linda S. Brady, Ph.D., Director, Division of Neuroscience and Basic Behavioral Science (DNBBS)

Wayne K. Goodman, M.D., Director, Division of Adult Translational Research and Treatment Development (DATR)

Ellen L. Stover, Ph.D., Director, Division of AIDS and Health and Behavior Research (DAHBR)
Session 1: Highlights On NIMH Directions
Session Chair: Cheryl A. Boyce, Ph.D.
9:00 am Towards Independence: Maximizing Training Opportunities
James Leckman, M.D., Neison Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Yale University School of Medicine
9:20 am Clinical Investigation in Neurodevelopmental Science
Charles A. Nelson, III, Ph.D., Professor, Children’s Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School
9:40 am NIMH Intramural Research - Pediatric Developmental Neuroscience
Ellen Leibenluft, M.D., Chief , Section on Bipolar Spectrum Disorders Mood and Anxiety Program, NIMH
10:00 am Q&A
Session 2: NIH Grantsmanship
Session Chair: Jovier Evans, Ph.D.
10:15 am Fundamentals of Grantsmanship for Junior Investigators
Michael Sesma, Ph.D., Chief, Research Scientist Development Program, Office for Special Populations, NIMH
11:00 am Tips for Successful Review
Henry Haigler, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, NIMH
Christopher Sarampote, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, NIMH
Marina Broitman, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, NIMH
12:00 pm Q&A
12:30 pm Working Lunch/ Meetings with Program Officials
Three 30-minute time slots are available during this time to meet with Program Officials
Session 3: Strategies for Developing Successful Research Careers
Session Chair: Joel Sherrill, Ph.D.
2:00 pm Preparing for an Independent Science Career
Brianna Blaser, Ph.D., Project Director, Outreach AAAS
Martha Bruce, Ph.D. , MPH, Professor, Cornell University
3:00 pm Q&A
3:20 pm Conceptualizing your Grant
Pamela Cole, Ph.D., Professor, Pennsylvania State University
Joan Luby, M.D., Associate Professor, Washington University
4:20 pm Q&A
4:45 pm Wrap up


Day Two: Friday, September 12, 2008
Time Event
Session 4: Visiting NIMH Intramural and NIH main campus
Session Chair: Lauren Hill, Ph.D.
9:00 am Back and Charge for the Day
Welcome Courtney Ferrell, Ph.D. , DDTR
9:15 am Making the Leap Towards Independence: Successful Transitions Panel
Melissa Walls , Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Duluth (F31 recipient)

Amanda Guyer, Ph.D., NIMH Intramural Postdoctoral Fellow Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program (K99 recipient)

Brendan Rich, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Catholic University (K22 recipient)

Sharon Lambert, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, George Washington University(Diversity Supplement Awardee)
10:15 am Q&A
11:00 am Working Effectively with a Statistician/Methodologist
Abigail Panter, Ph.D., Professor, University of North Carolina
11:30 am NIMH Intramural Scientific Session
Pathophysiology and Novel Therapeutics for Mood Disorders
Carlos Zarate, M.D.,Chief Experimental Therapeutics, Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program, NIMH
12:00 pm Working Lunch or NIH Intramural Laboratory Visits
Jennifer Britton, Ph.D., NIMH Intramural
1:30 pm Final Remarks and Send Off
Courtney Ferrell, Ph.D., DDTR