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~ From the team at Alaska INBRE ~

July 22, 2019

From the Director
Brian Barnes 

We are very pleased to report that the National Institutes of Health has awarded the first year of our five year Alaska INBRE 4 One Health grant. This is an important commitment by the NIH to continue investments in building capacity for biomedical research among our network partners and increasing the diversity of students seeking careers in biomedicine. Many thanks to all who contributed to the successes of our previous INBRE programs and in preparing our INBRE 4 winning application. 
Alaska INBRE
September 21-22, 2019
Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

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Check out what Inna Rivkin shared with us!  Intergenerational Dialogue Exchange and Action | Documentary 2019
OCTOBER 7-9, 2019
Las Vegas, Nevada

What happens in Vegas...Strengthens the IDeA Network!

Abstract Submission for both oral and poster presentations is now open! The deadline to submit is July 15th at 11:59 PM. Submissions are welcome from faculty, postdocs, students and IDeA programs (INBRE, COBRE, CTR-IN, NAIPI, etc.). Please note that we are especially interested in abstracts related to two specialty breakout sessions:  Drug Discovery, and Opioid and Other Drug Abuse.
Don't forget the Pre-Conference Workshops!
Bioinformatics Workshop, Proteomics Workshop, Grant Writing Workshop, PEARL (Program Evaluation and Administration of Research Leaders) Meeting, American Indian Health Disparities Meeting, NV INBRE Annual Statewide Meeting.  Details and fees can be found on the Pre-Conference Workshop page.

Pre-Conference Highlight:
Indigenous Health Working Group Meeting $0.00

8:30 AM-2:30 PM
Session Co-Chairs: Alika Maunakea, University of Hawaii and Christine M. Porter, University of Wyoming
Description: Within the US, Indigenous communities suffer among the worst health outcomes of American racial groups. In addition, overall US public health is quite poor, including having the highest infant and maternal mortality rates among rich nations and high chronic disease rates. The US needs new strategies-new paradigms even-to improve our nation's health and, especially, Indigenous health.
Indigenous standpoints on health may offer promising ways forward for this, in particular, due to an understanding of health from a holistic perspective. Traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) approaches offer not only specific local expertise but also a general systems-oriented perspective that is quickly emerging as a more effective framework within public health than conventional, often reductionistic paradigms (per the socio-ecological model) and tend to center on individuals rather than (for example) relationships and true ecology. For example, a mini wičoni (water is life) frame of thinking embodies such a TEK health paradigm; if public health and other government officials in Flint and the Central Valley made decisions informed by this framework, drinking water crises in both places would have been averted.
This workshop will build on conversations started at the 2017 regional IDeA meeting to begin planning a collaborative research agenda that is founded on an indigenous public health paradigm and model development (including potentially seeking NIH R13 or R21 funding). The planning committee will open with a short presentation of the review of relevant literature. This will be followed by a circa 5-minute presentations from each attending team who has registered for this workshop by September 10th and would like to share; these presentations will share specific lessons and ideas gleaned from your work that is relevant to this workshop focus. The rest of the day will be collaborative planning.
A light lunch will be provided, courtesy of the Wyoming INBRE program.
Open Mike
Helping connect you with the NIH perspective, and helping connect us with yours

Achieving Gender Equity at Conferences
New post on NIH Extramural Nexus
post by Mike Lauer

In 2015, an international conference on quantum chemistry drew a fierce backlash from scientists when it featured only male speakers and chairs.  About 1,700 scientists signed a petition on to change the makeup of the speakers. The result? Conference organizers added 6 female speakers to the agenda (read the coverage).

This was not an isolated case. The lack of gender equity at scientific conferences persists across the board. There have been several papers written about the imbalance; there is even a website, BiasWatchNeuro, that tracks the speaker composition at neuroscience conferences.

Inviting women to speak at conferences matters for many reasons – it’s a matter of fairness; it gives eminently qualified women a level playing field; it is just the right thing to do.   

And it is important to have diversity across many dimensions, including representation of individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, from a variety of regions and institutions, career stages, and with disabilities.

In essence, it’s about changing the fundamental culture of the biomedical research enterprise to allow full participation from people of all backgrounds. 

In that vein, I’d like to remind you that if you are applying for an R13 conference grant from NIH, please be sure to read the requirements in the Funding Opportunity Announcement.  Should you receive a conference grant award, you will be required to comply with the Conference Plan you submit in the grant application, along with the other terms and conditions of the award.  Meeting diversity is a long-standing expectation of the R13 Funding Opportunity Announcement. Here is the pertinent information:

Describe plans to seek appropriate representation during selection of organizing committee members, speakers, and other invited participants, such as session chairs and panel discussants. Describe plans to encourage participation and attendance by women, individuals from nationally underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, and persons with disabilities. Organizers of scientific conferences must document compliance with Federal civil rights laws, NOT-OD-15-152, Civil Rights Protections in NIH-Supported Research, Programs, Conferences and Other Activities, and the Guidelines for Inclusion of Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in NIH-Supported Conference Grants  policy.

Furthermore, expectations about diversity are also part of the review criteria and are assessed by the study sections.

If a recipient fails to comply with the terms and conditions of grant award, NIH may take one or more enforcement actions which include, for example, disallowing costs, withholding further awards, or terminating the award. 

At NIH, we have been tackling gender equity from a number of angles.  You may have seen Dr. Collins’ forceful statement in June that he will no longer participate in all-male speaking panels (so called ‘manels’). Dr. Jon Lorsch of NIGMS has issued a similar statement that covers all NIGMS staff. They will only attend meetings and conferences where the organizers have shown a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion in their selection of chairs, speakers, and panelists. And I am using this opportunity to say that I too will take the same approach when asked to participate in meetings and conferences.

At NIH, we have been similarly vocal in addressing sexual harassment (see the Open Mike blog highlighting NIH leaders’ statement on sexual harassment). Note that if harassment takes place at an NIH-funded meeting, please inform us so we can take corrective action.

Different approaches have been touted to ensure more diversity at scientific conferences.  Ten Simple Rules to Achieve Conference Speaker Gender Balance suggests developing a speaker policy, collecting data to inform gender balance, responding to resistance (expect to meet resistance), being family friendly and more. Ten Strategies to Reduce Gender Inequality at Scientific Conferences suggests offering a mentorship program, pairing senior women scientists with first-time attendees; giving incentives for participating in diversity programs; offering travel grants, and more.

Clearly, there are ways to ensure more diverse representation at conferences.  The time has come to invite women and underrepresented folks to be part of the agenda from the get-go. We must fairly consider scientists of all backgrounds so that conferences benefit from the diversity of many voices. And our science is the richer for it.

NIH Regional Seminar
Awaken your NIH grant knowledge like the phoenix that rises from the ashes! And we have just the place to do it… Phoenix, AZ!  Come join us November 6 – 8, 2019.

Optional pre-seminar workshops include detailed information on topics like human research protection, application preparation, post-application submission, intellectual property, iEdison, and more! 
During the 2-day seminar, you’ll find an array of concurrent sessions, designed for administrators, researchers, grant writers, etc.  In addition, get more personalized guidance during the 1:1 Meet the Expert chats available between attendees and NIH staff.  Check out all the information at the NIH Regional Seminar web page.
Need help convincing your boss you should attend?  Check out this wonderful video that outlines all the advantages of attending the 2019 NIH Regional Seminar.
This event takes place at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, located in the heart of the beautiful downtown area, just steps from museums, the arts, and entertainment.
Register today to reserve your spot!
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