U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

NMRI 14th Annual Workshop

4/20/2016 12:00 AM
4/22/2016 12:00 AM
Doubletree Hotel Bethesda

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.

Travel Awards

Limited Travel Awards of up to $600 for eligible members to attend the NMRI Annual Meeting are available. 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 Annual Meeting poster session.

To see if you qualify for NMRI membership, please complete and submit this Enrollment Form​.

American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Travel Awards

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN​) provides a limited number of travel awards to nephrologists or other researchers conducting kidney related research attending the Network of Minority Heatlh Research Investigators (NMRI) Annual Workshop to cover travel expenses up to $1,500.00 in accordance with ASN's guidelines.  To be considered for an ASN sponsored NMRI travel award, please contact ASN Staff Assistant Katlyn Leight at kleight@asn-online.org by Friday, March 18, 2016.  

Registration Deadline

April 4, 2016​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


For presentations not linked to the actual document please send your request to Ms. Winnie Martinez, Winnie.Martinez@nih.gov

NMRI 14th Annual Workshop Final Agenda (PDF, 51 KB)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Reception/Networking Event 
(Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served)
Hotel Restaurant

Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)
Ms. Jenn Chow | Powerpoint Presentation (PDF, 221 KB)

Thursday, April 21, 2016

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Registration / Poster Set-up
8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Introductions
Dr. Heather Tarleton, Assistant Professor, Loyola Marymount University | Powerpoint Presentation (PDF, 537 KB)

Dr. Lawrence Agodoa, Director, Office of Minority Health Research Coordination, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Welcome Remarks
Dr. Gregory Germino, Deputy Director, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), NIH | Powerpoint Presentation (PDF, 1.63 MB)
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Keynote Speaker
Dr. Lewis Roberts, Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic | Powerpoint Presentation (PDF, 8 MB)
10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Coffee and Collaboration
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Biostatistics:  All About the Basics
Dr. Fern Webb, Associate Professor, University of Florida | Powerpoint Presentation (PDF, 617 KB)
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch / Networking/ Poster Set-up
12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Session I: Round Table Discussions

Table 1 - Health Disparities Research and Community-Based Participatory Research

Dr. Myra Kleinpeter, Associate Professor, Tulane University School of Medicine

These areas of research are often considered as interchangeable. However, distinct diferences in methodology and research question design necessitates that researchers understand their diferences and similarities.

Table 2 - Charting Your Course For Success (Postdocs/Junior Faculty)

Dr. Bessie Young, Professor, University of Washington
Dr. Lewis Roberts, Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic

This discussion will focus on providing new investigators with advice on how to be a successfully recruited candidate, what it means to be called a "new investigator", how to set priorities in your new position, discerning when to say "no", and how to manage your research and professional funds. Participants are encouraged to bring their questions!

Table 3 - Beyond NIH Funding Sources

Dr. Heather Tarleton, Assistant Professor, Loyola Marymount University
Dr. Jose Romero, Associate Physiologist, Brigham and Womens Hospital/Harvard Medical School

It is important for researchers at all levels to understand how to pursue and secure funding from non-federal sources. This discussion will focus on identifying potential funding mechanisms at foundations and in the private and non-profit sectors. We will also discuss how to work with your institution and how to create a presentation portfolio in order to garner support.

Table 4 - R01/R21/R03/R15 (R mechanisms)

Dr. Carlos Isales, Professor, Georgia Regents University
Dr. Ann Jerkins, Scientific Review Officer, NIDDK

A brief overview of the R mechanisms followed by a discussion of which mechanisms might be a “best fit” according to project stage and strategies for planning for a submission.

Table 5 - K Awards

Dr. Bridgett Rahim-Williams, Professor and Associate Dean, Bethune-Cookman University
Dr. Robert Wellner, Scientific Review Officers, NIDDK
Dr. James Hyde, Program Director, NIDDK

A brief overview of the various K mechanisms followed by a discussion of which mechanisms might be a “best fit” according to the applicant’s career development trajectory. Emphasis will also be placed on creating a K-award mentorship team and career development plan to ensure that your proposal is viewed as complete.

Table 6 - Research Supplements to Promote Diversity

Dr. Rob Rivers, Program Director, Office of Minority Health Research Coordination, NIDDK

Detailed description of the research supplements and tips on submitting a application to obtain a research supplement. There will be ample time for Q&A so please bring your questions!
1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Session II: Round Table Discussions (Switch Tables for Session II)
2:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Parallel Session

Mock Study Section 1 - R01 Basic/Clinical

Dr. Carlos Isales, Professor, Georgia Regents University
Dr. Ann Jerkins, Scientific Review Officer, NIDDK

Mock Study Section 2 - K01 Basic/Clinical

Dr. Bridgett Rahim-Williams, Professor and Associate Dean, Bethune-Cookman University
Dr. Robert Wellner, Scientific Review Officers, NIDDK

Grant Writing Basics and Pilot Studies: Preparation for an R03

Dr. Mark Lawson, Professor, University of California, San Diego
Dr. Patricia Heyn, Associate Professor, University of Colorado, Anschultz Medical Campus
3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Break
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Parallel Sessions
Specific Aim Review with Senior Member
(By appointment)

Opportunities for Collaboration (round tables)

A structured networking space for connecting with fellow researchers on shared research interests, ongoing projects, data analysis needs or other research needs.
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Marco Cabrera Poster and Networking Session
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Session I:  Clinical/Basic
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Session II:  Translational
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Dinner Speaker
Dr. Sherita Hill Golden, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Friday, April 22, 2016

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Registration
Mentor / Mentee Session

If you don't have a Mentor or Mentee, please feel free to use this time for networking over breakfast or to continue meeting with collaborators that you identified on Thursday.
9:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. Role of Scientific Societies and Professional Organizations

American Society of Neprology (ASN)
Dr. Raymond Harris, President of ASN

American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD) 
Dr. Steven Echard, CEO of the AASLD | Powerpoint Presentation (PDF, 1 MB)

American Diabetes Association (ADA)
Dr. Allison McElvaine, Director, Research Communication, ADA | Powerpoint Presentation (PDF, 1.77 MB)

10:50 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Break​
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Business Meeting and Committee Reports
Oversight Committee Report
Dr. Luis Cubano, Professor, Universidad Central Del Caribe | Powerpoint Presentation (PDF, 364 KB)

Planning Committee Report
Dr. Heather Tarleton, Assistant Professor, Loyola Marymount University

NMRI Chapter Overview
Dr. Patricia Heyn, Associate Professor, University of Colorado, Anschultz Medical Campus
Dr. Luis Cubano, Professor, Universidad Central Del Caribe
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch & Poster Session Awards
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Scientific Presentations
(Selected from abstract submission)

Primary Care Utilization and Mortality and ESRD Risk among Older Adults with Chronic Kidney Disease
Dr. Raquel Greer, Assistant Professor, John Hopkins School of Medicine

Phytochemical Profile and In Vivo Effects of Plant Extracts Used as Diabetes
Adjunvants in Puerto Rico
Dr. Michelle Martinez, Associate Professor, Universidad Central del Caribe

Multi-Marker Panel and Incident Chronic Kidney Disease: The Jackson Heart Study
Stanford Mwasongwe, Epidemiologist, Jackson State University
2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Wrap-up, Next Steps, Adjournment
2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. NIH Clinical Center Tour
All visitors must enter through the NIH Gateway Center. Limited space is available.


Hotel Accommodations

Double Tree Hotel Bethesda
8120 Wisconsin Aveue
Bethesda, MD  20814
Tel: 800-955-7359
Fax: 301-664-7317

Government Rate
A limited number of sleeping rooms for conference participants has been reserved at the Double Tree Hotel, 8120 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD.  The rate is $226.00 per night plus tax (13%).  To reserve a hotel room, call reservations at the above-listed number and request the group rate for NIH-NIDDK NMRI Annual Meeting 2016 or the Group SRP/Code:NR4 or go online, www.doubletreebethesda.com, enter dates, on the next page under Special Accounts Section enter NR4 for the Group code.  

The room blockhas been extended until Monday, April 4, 2016, or until full, whichever comes first.  Anyroom reservations received after that date will be accepted on a space-and rate-availability basis.  Reservations should be made for arrival on Wednesday, April 20 with departure on Friday, April 22.  

Please be certain that the hotel provides you with a confirmation number for your reservation.  After March 28, 2016 the official room block will be released, and the hotel may charge significantly higher rates and may be sold out.  When making a reservation, plese 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 is 12:00 p.m.  

If you need to cancel your reservation, please do so 24 hours prior to arrival or you will be charged a no-show fee for 1 night plus tax on your credit card.  

Lunch and Dinner
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.  



Attendees are currently unavailable.​


Submission Deadline

March 28, 2016

Submitting Abstracts

Abstracts can 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. Or you may upload your abstract on your registration page. Please indicate a category (Translational, Basic, or Clinical) on top right corner.

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.

Poster Evaluation Criteria

Posters will be evaluated based on the following:

     1. Did the poster have an appropriate organization (layout of the poster -title, sections)?

     2. Did the introduction reflect why the poster is important?

     3. Was the hypothesis clearly stated?

     4. Did the researcher use appropriate methods in the study?

     5. Were the findings in the result section clear and concise?

     6.  Was the discussion consistent with the initial hypothesis?

     7.  Was the conclusion supported by the results?

     8.  Did the researcher specify any limitations and how to address them. 


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