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OBSSR wants your input on a revised BSSR definition
OBSSR invites you to submit your input on a revised definition of behavioral and social sciences research (BSSR). The field has evolved since the definition was created in 1996 and an updated definition will improve NIH's ability to describe, assess and monitor NIH BSSR funding. Using OBSSR’s IdeaScale website, you can view comments from others without registering on the site. You will need to register to submit comments and to respond to comments submitted by others. The deadline to submit input is February 22, 2019.
OBSSR Director's Webinar with Dr. Pamela Herd
Pamela Herd, Ph.D., Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University, and Principal Investigator of Wisconsin Longitudinal Study will present on March 18, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. ET on "Social and population health science approaches to understanding the human gut microbiome." Dr. Herd will outline key substantive and methodological advances that can be made if collaborations between social and population health scientists and life scientists are strategically pursued, as will provide a recent example of a collaboration. Registration for this webinar is required.
Request for abstracts: IAS conference on HIV science
For the first time, in 2019, the IAS Conference on HIV Science (formerly called the Pathogenesis, Treatment, and Prevention Conference) has a track devoted to Social, Behavioral, and Implementation Science (Track D). The abstract submission categories for Track D include basic, theoretical, and methodological research in the social sciences. The conference will be held July 21-24, 2019. The deadline to submit an abstract is January 22, 2019.
NHGRI DIR Seminar Series with Dr. Juan Celedon
NHGRI invites you to the 2019 DIR Seminar Series featuring Dr. Juan C. Celedón, University of Pittsburgh, on January 24, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the Lipsett Amphitheater. Dr. Celedón will discuss “Asthma ‘omics’ in Hispanics.” Dr. Celedón’s research goals are to identify genetic factors and early-life environmental exposures that influence the development of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), particularly in ethnic minorities. His research group has made key contributions to the understanding of the roles of racial ancestry and genetics, stress, obesity, and vitamin D insufficiency in the pathogenesis of airway diseases. Registration is not required for this event.
NIDCR requests BSSR input to inform 2020 Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health
NIDCR invites public input to inform the development of a 2020 Surgeon General’s Report on oral health. NIDCR hosted a webinar to describe the need for the new report, how it will be developed, and what types of input are being requested. Written comments can be emailed to NIDCR-SGROH@nidcr.nih.gov, or mailed to SGR Team, NIH/NIDCR, 31 Center Drive, Room 5B55, Bethesda, MD, 20892. The public comment period closes on January 25, 2019.
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BSSR feedback is requested for NICHD’s 2020-2024 strategic plan
NICHD recently launched a collaborative process involving external and internal stakeholders to propose overarching scientific themes for its updated 2020-2024 strategic plan. Six themes have emerged from this process for public consideration: 1. Understanding Early Human Development, 2. Setting the Foundation for a Healthy Pregnancy and Lifelong Wellness, 3. Promoting Gynecological, Andrological, and Reproductive Health, 4. Identifying Sensitive Time Periods to Optimize Health Interventions, 5. Improving Health During the Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood, and 6. Ensuring Safe and Effective Therapeutics and Devices. NICHD is seeking behavioral and social sciences research-relevant comments and suggestions on these six themes. Responses are due by February 15, 2019.
CHIPS Training Institute: May 20-24, 2019
If you are a child psychiatry resident, postdoctoral fellow, or junior faculty member with a strong interest in mental health research for children and adolescents, you are invited to apply to the Child Intervention, Prevention, and Services (CHIPS) program, funded through a five-year grant from NIMH. Applicants must have either an M.D. or a Ph.D. in Psychology, Sociology, Social work, Nursing, or Public Health. This program tailors specifically to trainees who hope to apply for early career awards from the NIMH Division of Services and Intervention Research (DSIR). This training cannot accept applicants interested in autism research (except for autism services research) or drug and alcohol abuse research, as those candidates would likely apply for NIMH Division of Developmental Translational Research or NICHD, NIDA, or NIAA grants respectively. Download and complete the CHIPS Electronic Application and follow the instructions on the website for submission. If you have any questions please contact Amanda Trujillo at email@example.com, 412 383-5478. Applications are due by Monday, February 18, 2019.
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Robert S. Gordon, Jr. Lecture in Epidemiology
John P.A. Ioannidis, M.D., D.S., Professor, Stanford University, is presenting on March 13, 2019 at 3:00 pm ET. His lecture is titled “In Scientific Method We Don’t Just Trust: Or Why Replication Has More Value Than Discovery.” Dr. Ioannidis will explain the current challenges of balancing discovery and replication in science at large, describe different forms of replication, and explain why reproducibility is important. He will present the strengths and weaknesses of some proposed solutions for improving research practices toward making research more reproducible and useful. Dr. Ioannidis is the leading researcher worldwide on meta-research, the systematic evaluation of research practices and how they can be optimized.
Training on the optimization of behavioral and biobehavioral interventions
Applications for the five-day, multi-presenter training on the Optimization of Behavioral and Biobehavioral Interventions are now being accepted. This training will be held May 13-17, 2019 in Bethesda, Maryland. Instructors include Drs. Linda M. Collins and Kate Guastaferro. Drs. Angela Pfammatter and Heather Wasser, alumni of the training who have applied experience with MOST, will serve as associate instructors. The training will cover the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST), development of a conceptual model, factorial experimental designs, power for optimization trials, data analysis, practical considerations, and how to write a grant proposal involving MOST. New features of the 2019 training include a self-guided data analysis practicum, dedicated time for networking, and opportunities for individual consultation. Please contact Kate Guastaferro at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.