U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

NMRI 13th Annual Workshop

4/15/2015 12:00 AM
4/17/2015 12:00 AM
(800) 228-9290
Bethesda Marriott

Event Details


More than 300 researchers have participated in NMRI workshops in the past decade, and approximately 100 are active members.  The success of the NMRI, a network that is “owned” by its members and supported by the NIDDK, begins with the dedication of senior investigators who mentor and serve as role models for junior investigators.  The participation of active members and the recruitment of new members is a primary reason for the Network’s success in the past and the reason for confidence that it will continue to grow in the future. 
To see if you qualify for NMRI membership, please complete and submit this Enrollment Form​ Form​.

Travel Awards

NMRI is committed to supporting its current members and encouraging new membership, but due to fiscal constraints we are forced to limit the Travel Awards for this year. In order to support the mission of the Network of Minority Health Research Investigators (NMRI), to increase and encourage the participation of greater number of young, vibrant and energetic NMRI members, we have chosen to broaden our horizon to include more members by limiting the Travel Awards to attend the NMRI National Conference to $600 / eligible member. Awards will be given with priority to those that (1) have never participated in a NMRI meeting, (2) are junior faculty up to the Assistant Professor level and (3) are presenters of an abstract at the NMRI poster session.
We likewise value the important contribution of our Senior Members. To this end, Senior Members who mentor a NMRI member and Senior Members at the Professor level will receive full Travel Awards. However any member who is able to obtain funds from their institution to assist with travel expenses should email Ms. Winnie Martinez. This will provide more opportunities for junior members to attend.
We realize this may be a tremendous burden for some, especially to our Junior Faculty members, however we feel strongly that NMRI is only as good as its membership and would encourage all to continue to participate in the National conference, a meeting that many of us consider is of great academic and unsurpassed personal value.​​​

Registration Deadline

March 18, 2015​​​


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Reception/Networking Event
  Sponsored by American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Registration / Poster Set-up
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Introductions
Dr. Rhonda Bentley-Lewis, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Lawrence Agodoa, Director, Office of Minority Health Research Coordination, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Welcome Remarks
Dr. Gregory Germino, Deputy Director, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease, NIH
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Keynote Speaker
Dr. Dale Abel, Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine University of Iowa
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m Break / Networking
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Research Supplements to Promote Diversity
Dr. Kevin McBryde, Program Director, Office of Minority Health Research Coordination, NIDDK
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
Dr. Joyce Hunter, Deputy Director, NIMHD, NIH
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Lunch / Networking/ Poster Set-up
12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Session I: Round Table Discussions
Table 1 - Health Disparity Research
Dr. Carolyn Tucker, Professor, University of Florida

Table 2 - Research Supplement
Dr. Kevin McBryde, Program Director, Office of Minority Health Research Coordination, NIDDK

Table 3 - Setting Priorities for Success
Dr. Marion Sewer, Associate Professor, University of California, San Diego

Table 4 - Community-Based Participatory Research
Dr. Cherise Harrington, Assistant Professor, George Washington University

Table 5 - How to Budget and Manage Your Funds (Basic and Clinical)
Dr. Sylvia Rosas, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Joslin Diabetes Center/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Dr. Mark Lawson, Professor, University of California, San Diego

Table 6 - Strategies for Successful Recruitment (From the Perspective of a Candidate or a Chair)
Dr. Dale Abel, Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine University of Iowa

Table 7 - Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
Dr. Michael Flessner, Director Inflammatory Renal Diseases, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases

Table 8 - Grant Writing Tips
Dr. Bessie Young, Associate Professor, University of Washington

Dr. Patricia Heyn, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Denver, Anschultz Medical Campus

Table 9 - How to Give Effective Presentations
Dr. Senta Georgia, Assistant Professor, Children's Hospital Los Angeles
1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Session II: Round Table Discussions (Switch Tables for Session II)
1:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Parallel Session- Mock Study Section (Breakout rooms)
Study Section 1 - R01/ Basic Grant
SRO: Dr. Ann Jerkins, Scientific Review Officer, NIDDK
Chair: Dr. Jose Romero, Associate Physiologist, Harvard Medical School

Study Section 2 - R01 / Clinical
SRO: Dr. Maria Davila-Bloom, Scientific Review Officer, NIDDK
Chair: Dr. Susanne Nicholas, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles

Study Section 3 - K01/ Clinical and Basic
SRO: Dr. Robert Wellner, Scientific Review Officer, NIDDK
Chair: Dr. Senta Georgia, Assistant Professor, Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Study Section 4 - R03
SRO: Dr. Michele Barnard, Scientific Review Officer, NIDDK
Chair: Dr. Rhonda Bentley-Lewis, Assistant Professor of Medicine Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital
1:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Specific Aim Review with Senior Member
3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Break
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Negotiation: Managing Your Academic Career
Dr. Ricardo Azziz, President, Georgia Regents University
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Marco Cabrera Poster and Networking Session
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Dinner Speaker
Dr. Joan Reede, Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership, Harvard Medical School

Friday, April 17, 2015

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Registration
Mentor / Mentee Session
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Business Meeting and Committee Reports
Oversight Committee Report
Dr. Leonor Corsino, Assistant Professor, Duke University School of Medicine

Planning Committee Report
Dr. Rhonda Bentley-Lewis, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital
8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Poster Session Awards
8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Scientific Presentations (Selected from abstract submission)
Systems Biology And Angionesis: Developing Integrative Models Of VEGFR1 Activation In Hypoxic Environments
Dr. Princess Imoukhuede, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Racial Differences in the Impact of Anemia on Clinical Outcomes In Kidney Transplant Recipients
Dr. Mukoso Ozieh, Fellow, Medical University of South Carolina

Empowering Patient-Doctor Relationships Among Older African American Patients With Diabetes And Hypertension Using Health Empowerment Technology (HET)
​Dr. Greta Winbush, Associate Professor, Central State University
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Peer Mentoring
Dr. Arthur Gutierrez-Hartmann, Professor and Director, University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m Break
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Parallel Sessions

Session I: Becoming a Successful Clinical/Translational Researcher:
What "Progress" Looks Like At Each Stage

Dr. Matthew Allison, Professor, University of California, San Diego

Dr. Glenn Chertow, Professor of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine

Dr. Daisy DeLeon, Professor, Loma Linda University

Dr. Kwami Osei, Director Diabetes Research Center, The Ohio State University Colleg of Medicine

Session II: Becoming a Successful Clinical/Translational Researcher:
How to Thrive as a Basic/Translational Science Researcher: From Postdoc to Principal Investigator

Dr. Courtney Houchen, Professor of Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Science Center

Dr. Manual Miranda-Arango, Associate Professor, University of Texas, El Paso

Dr. Marion Sewer, Associate Professor, University of California, San Diego

Dr. Lynda Brown, Associate Professor, North Carolina A & T State University
11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Lunch
Biostatistics: All About the Basics
Dr. Fern Webb, Assistant Professor, University of Florida
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Role of Scientific Societies and Professional Organizations
American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)
Dr. Lewis Roberts, Professor of Medicine, College of Medicine Mayo Clinic

American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD)
Dr. Gyongyi Szabo, President, AASLD

American Diabetes Association (ADA)
Dr. Tamara Darsow, Vice President of Research Programs

American Society of Nephrology (ASN)
Dr. Jonathan Himmelfarb, President, ASN and Co-Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Work Group

Enodcrine Society
Dr. Mark Lawson, Professor, University of California, San Diego

American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR)
Dr. Roberto Fajardo, Assistant Professor, UT Health Science Center
2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Wrap-up, Next Steps, Adjournment
* NIH Tour has been cancelled.


Hotel Accomodations

Government Rate

A limited number of sleeping rooms for conference participants has been reserved at the Bethesda Marriott Hotel. The rate is $179 per night plus tax (13%). To reserve a hotel room, call reservations at the above-listed number and be sure to identify yourself as a participant of the NIDDK NMRI Workshop to receive the group rate or book online. Book your group rate: NIH NIDDK Network of Minority Health Research Investigators Annual Meeting
The room block will be in effect at this rate only until Monday, March 30, 2015, or until full, whichever comes first. Any room reservations received after that date will be accepted on a space- and rate-availability basis. Reservations should be made for arrival on Wednesday, April 15 with departure on Friday, April 17.


Please be certain that the hotel provides you with a confirmation number for your reservation. After March 30, 2015, the official room block will be released, and the hotel may charge significantly higher rates and may be sold out. When making a reservation, please provide your room and bedding preferences. The hotel will assign specific room types at check-in, based on availability. Please be advised that requests are not guaranteed. Check-in time is 4:00 p.m., and check-out time is 12:00 p.m. If you need to cancel your reservation, please do so prior to 4:00 p.m. the day before your arrival or you will be charged a no-show fee for 1 night on your credit card.


Payments for the lunch and dinner will be made directly to the hotel either by credit card or a direct room charge.  You will be asked to complete a method of payment form should you decide to pay by credit card.


When making your travel arrangements please know that per federal travel regulations, you can only be reimbursed for a coach class, non-refundable ticket, purchased with advance purchase of at least 14 day. Tickets purchased within 14 days of travel or first class/business class travel need prior NIDDK approval and will be subject to approval by the NIDDK Administrative Officer and may not be reimbursed without proper documentation and justification.




Submission Deadline

March 18, 2015

Submitting Abstracts

Abstracts must be sent by email to Winnie Martinez at Winnie.Martinez@nih.gov as a Microsoft Word document by the deadline date listed above.  Please put “NMRI Abstract - (Translational, Basic or Clinical)” in the subject line.


Abstract Organization

Organize the body of the abstract as follows:
  • Statement of the purpose of the study/program/project;
  • Statement of the methods used;
  • Summary of the results presented in sufficient detail to support the conclusion;
  • Statement of the conclusions reached.

Formatting Requirements

Your abstract must conform to the above guidelines, as incorrect formatting could result in disqualification.

  1. The abstract should be typed single-spaced, type no smaller than 10 point (12 cpi). 
  2. Use a common font (e.g., Helvetica, Times New Roman, or Arial)
  3. Set the margins to the following using Microsoft Word:  Top 1"; Bottom 1"; Left 1.25"; Right 1".
  4. Abstract should be no more than one page in length.
  5. The abstract’s title should be typed in CAPITAL LETTERS and should clearly represent the nature of the investigation.  
  6. Title should be followed in lowercase letters by the author’s first and last names, degree, affiliation (if applicable), city, state, and country.  Underline the primary author’s name (one primary author per abstract).  
  7. Leave one blank line between the title and the body of the abstract, and between paragraphs.  
  8. Do not indent paragraphs.  
  9. Use of standard abbreviations is desirable (e.g., RBC).  Use kg, gm, mg, mL, L, and %.  Place a special or unusual abbreviation in parentheses after the full word the first time that it appears. 
  10. Use numerals to indicate numbers except to begin sentences.  
  11. Do not use subtitles (e.g., Methods, Results).
  12. Simple tables or graphs may be included; however, they must fit within the designated abstract space.
  13. The abstract file should be saved as: primary author’s last name_first word in the title (e.g., Zucker_Effects).

Poster Presentations

Poster Presentations will be displayed on 4-foot-high by 6-foot-wide poster boards.  Pushpins and Velcro will be provided.  All presenters must register for the workshop.


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