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Fellows Invited Lecture Series

What is my role in FILS as a trainee?

Speaker nominations for FILS lectures are open to all NIMH Fellows (Research, Clinical, Visiting, Postdoctoral IRTA, Predoctoral IRTA, and Postbaccalaureate IRTA). If selected as a nominating Fellow, you will serve as the primary host for the speaker throughout their visit. Specifically, you will be expected to invite the speaker to campus, manage their itinerary, attend the lecture, and host/escort the speaker throughout the campus. This is a great opportunity to gain experience with managing invited speaker visits, network with both extramural and intramural researchers, and feature scientific work that you are currently interested in.

Who will fund the speaker’s visit?

The NIMH Office of Fellowship Training will arrange and pay for travel and accommodations for the speaker’s trip to the campus.

How do I nominate a speaker? How are speakers selected?

To nominate a speaker for the FILS series, please fill out this brief nomination form in Survey Monkey . Applications will be ranked and scored by the NIMH Fellows Committee. As a reminder, Fellows at all levels of NIMH are welcome to join the committee and participate in this decision-making, as well as other matters important to Fellows.

Questions? Contact Sunday Francis, the current NIMH Fellows Invited Lecture Series (FILS) Co-Chair, or NIMH Fellows Committee Co-Chairs (Emma Condy & Tatiana Meza-Cervera).

Previous FILS Speakers

Jordan Morrocco, Rockefeller University – “Cross-species Epigenetic Signature Induced by Ovarian Hormones”

Ian Gotlib, Stanford University – “Understanding Depression: A Neurodevelopmental Perspective”

Holly Wilcox, Johns Hopkins University – “Suicide: A Public Health Perspective”

Olga Price, George Washington University – “The Translation of Science into Practice: The Role of an Applied Research Center”

Surya Ganguli, Stanford – “Understand Neural Dynamics in High Dimensions Across Multiple Timescales: From Perception to Motor Control and Learning”

Cris Neil, University of Oregon – “Models of Visual Perception”

Colleen McKlung, University of Pittsburgh – “Molecular Mechanisms of Bipolar Disorder and Addictions”