Monday, November 9, 2020 1:00 – 4:00 pm


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12:45 pm Zoom Line Open
1:00 pm Welcome & Introductions: Wilson Compton, MD, MPE, Deputy Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA); Director (Acting), Office of Research Training, Diversity and Disparities (ORTDD)
1:05 pm NIDA Priorities: Nora D. Volkow, MD, Director, NIDA, NIH
1:20 pm Discussion
1:25 pm Keynote Address: On the Path to Brain Discoveries Forget the Stats and Rules
Yasmin Hurd, PhD, Director, Addiction Institute at Mount Sinai, Icahn School of Medicine
1:40 pm Discussion
1:45 pm NIDA Diversity Initiatives:
Agenda: NIDA Diversity and Health Disparity Initiatives and Funding Opportunities.
  • Albert Avila, PhD, Deputy Director, ORTDD; Director, Office of Diversity and Health Disparities (ODHD), NIDA
  • Katrina Foster, PhD, Health Science Administrator, Clinical Research Grants Branch (CRGB), DTMC, NIDA
2:00 pm Discussion of NIDA Diversity Initiatives
2:15 pm Focus on Women and Sex/Gender

Agenda: NIDA’s Research Priorities and Initiatives to Increase Gender Diversity in SUD Research and the Scientific Workforce and Opportunities for Emerging SUD Research Scientists.
  • Holly Moore, PhD, Program Officer, Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Branch (BCN), Division of Neuroscience and Behavior (DNB), NIDA
  • Keisher Highsmith, DrPH, Health Scientist Administrator, Services Research Branch (SRB), Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research (DESPR), NIDA
2:30 pm Discussion of Focus on Women and Sex/Gender
2:45 pm Grant Application and Review:
Agenda: Developing a Successful NIH Grant Application: Tools and Tips for New Applicants.
  • Dharmendar Rathore, PhD, Chief, SRB, Division of Extramural Research (DER), NIDA
  • Ivan Navarro, PhD, Scientific Review Officer, SRB, DER, NIDA
3:00 pm Discussion of Grant Application and Review
3:15 pm BREAK
3:30 pm Career Stage Planning Rooms – Breakout Rooms will take place concurrently. Presentations will take place from 3:30 to 3:45 pm and discussion will be 3:45 to 4:00 pm.

Breakout Room 1: Predoctoral
Agenda: NIDA Funding Opportunities for Pre-Doctoral Students and How to Prepare for your Next Career Steps.
  • Guifang Lao, MD, PhD, Health Scientist Administrator/Training, Clinical/Medical Branch (CMB), DTMC, NIDA
  • Ann Anderson, MD, MPH, Medical Officer, CRGB, DTMC, NIDA
Breakout Room 2: Postdoctoral
Agenda: Postdoctoral Funding Mechanisms and other Opportunities Supported by NIDA as Well as Transition Preparation and Timing.
  • Aria Crump, ScD, Deputy Chief, Prevention Research Branch (PRB), DESPR, NIDA
  • Sarah Duffy, PhD, Associate Director for Economics Research, Deputy Chief, SRB, Division of Epidemiology, DESPR, NIDA
Breakout Room 3: Early Stage Investigator
Agenda: Funding Mechanisms and Programs that Can Help you Establish your Independent Research Program.
  • Roger Sorensen, PhD, MPA, Chief, Integrative Neuroscience Branch (INB), DNB, NIDA
  • Yu (Woody) Lin, MD, PhD, Program Official, INB, DNB, NIDA
4:00 pm Adjourn