U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

NMRI 15th Annual Workshop

4/26/2017 12:00 AM
4/28/2017 12:00 AM
​​​​​Winnie Martinez
Double Tree 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.

Celebrating NMRI's 15th Anniversary. Share your story in the Special 15th Anniversary Newsletter

As we prepare to celebrate the 15th anniversary of NMRI on April 26-28, 2017, we invite you to submit a brief summary outlining the impact of the network on your career. Please also share whether your expectations of the network were met, and any experience that may serve as an inspiration to the general membership. Summaries will be published in a special 15th anniversary newsletter, and two from both senior and junior members will be selected for presentation on Thursday, April 27, 2016 at 10:45am-11:45am. We anticipate your participation and are anxious to hear your stories. Include your name, title and institution on the summary page and limit summary to 2000 words. Please send summary to Winnie Martinez at Winnie.Martinez@mail.nih.gov by April 7.

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. Limited Travel Awards of up to $1,000 for eligible senior members, Associate Professor and Professor level, to attend the NMRI Annual Workshop is available. Awards to Senior members will be given with priority to those that mentor NMRI member(s).

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 24, 2017.

Registration Deadline

March 24, 2017​​​​​​​​​​​


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Introductions/Networking Event (Location: Harmony Room)
Reception at Double Tree Hotel
  Guest Speaker
Dr. Eliseo Perez-Stable, Director, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), NIH

Thursday, April 27, 2017

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Registration / Poster Set-up (Location: Ballroom A&B)
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Introductions
Dr. Lincoln Edwards, University President, Northern Caribbean University
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. NIH Addresses the Science of Diversity: Where Are We Now?
Dr. Hannah Valantine, Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, NIH
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Impact of the Network on Your Career
Presentations by selected Junior and Senior Members
  Dr. Carlos Isales, Professor, Augusta University
Dr.Michelle Harris, Associate Professor, University of the District of Columbia
  Dr. Leonor Corsino, Assistant Professor, Duke University Medical Center
Dr. Chandra Jackson, Earl Stadtman Investigator, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Welcome Remarks & Anniversary Recognition Awards
Dr. Griff Rodgers, Director, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), NIH
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Networking and Collaboration
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 (Location: Ballroom A&B)
  Table 1 - Community-Based Participatory Research
Dr. Lovoria Williams, Associate Professor, Augusta University
Dr. Joyce Balls-Berry, Assistant Professor, Mayo Clinic
  Provide participants with introductory knowledge of Community Engaged and Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR). Topics that will be covered include, principles of community engaged research, creating, building, and sustaining a CBPR partnership. In light of the PCORI funding mechanism, discussion on principle of Community-patient engaged research (CPER) will also be discussed.
  Table 2 - Behavioral and Social Science Research (Location: Wisdom Room)
Dr. Nia Mitchell, Assistant Professor, Duke University School of Medicine
Dr. Patricia Heyn, Associate Professor, University of Colorado Denver Anschutz, Medical Campus
  The goal of this round table is to discuss approaches and challenges associated with behavioral and social services research. Participants will share the challenges they face in this area of research, and we will draw from the experiences of the facilitators and the group to suggest ideas to overcome these challenges. For example, we will discuss how to generate pilot data and peer-reviewed publications to provide a foundation for grant applications in an environment that has limited resources and infrastructure.
  Table 3 - Epigenetics Research
Dr. Pamela Shiao, Associate Dean, Augusta University
  The roundtable goals are to provide participants with an introduction to epigenetics, genomics, bio-informatics, metabolomics, and proteomics. Topics discussed will include the emerging fields of epigenetics, metabolomics, genomics, genomic computation, epigenetics analysis tools, as well as the available funding opportunities and training institutes.
  Table 4 - NIH Intramural Research (Location: Balance Room)
Dr. Roland Owens, Assistant Director, Office of Intramural Research, NIH
  Discussion of different types of research positions, both fellowships and jobs, available within the NIH Intramural Research program and discussion of where different types of positions are advertised, evaluation criteria, and strategies for standing out from the crowd.
  Table 5 - Research Supplements to Promote Diversity & NIH Funding Mechanism
Dr. Rob Rivers, Program Director, NIDDK, NIH
  Detailed description of the research supplements and tips on submitting an application to obtain a research supplement.
  Table 6 - Successful Approaches for Grant Funding
Dr. Cynthia Warrick, President, Society for Diversity in the Biomedical Sciences
  Discussion regarding strategies for research development and research team participation for grant funding success.
1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Session II: Round Table Discussions (Switch Tables for Session II)
2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Parallel Session
  Mock Study Section 1 - R01 (Location: Ballroom A&B)
Dr. Francisco Villarreal, Professor, University of California, San Diego
Dr. Ann Jerkins, Scientific Review Officer, NIDDK
  Mock Study Section 2 - K Awards (Location: Wisdom Room)
Dr. Nia Mitchell, Assistant Professor, Duke University School of Medicine
Dr. Michele Barnard, Scientific Review Officer, NIDDK
  Non-NIH Behavior and Social Science Research (BSSR) (Location: Insight Rm)
Grant Sources
Dr. Patricia Heyn, Associate Professor, University of Colorado Denver Anschutz, Medical Campus
3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Research Applications of Biomedical Informatics (Location: Ballroom A&B)
Dr. Timothy Huerta, Associate Professor, The Ohio State University College of Medicine
4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Parallel Sessions
  Challenges and Opportunities in Endocrinology and Nephrology (Location: Insight Rm)
Dr. Carlos Isales, Professor, Augusta University
Dr. Ayotunde Dokun, Associate Professor, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Dr. Crystal Gadegbeku, Professor, Temple University School of Medicine
  Chartering Your Course For Success (Location: Ballroom A&B)
Dr. Ricardo Azziz, Chief Officer, Academic Health and Hospital Affairs, State University of New York
5:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Marco Cabrera Poster and Networking Session (Location: Third Floor)
  Poster Session I: Clinical/Basic (Location: Jasmine Room)
  Poster Session II: Translational (Location: Juniper Room)
7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. NMRI 15th Anniversary Recognition (Location: Ballroom A&B)
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The Dr. Marion Sewer Honorary Lecture of the Network of Minority Health Research Investigators (Location Ballroom A&B)
Network of Minority Health Research Investigators
Dr. Eddie Greene, Associate Professor, Mayo Clinic

Friday, April 28, 2017

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration (Location: Ballroom A&B)
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Mentor / Mentee Session (Location: Ballroom A&B)
Specific Aims Review (Location: Balance & Wisdom)
  If you did not request a Mentor or Mentee or submitted Specific Aims for review, please feel free to use this time for networking over breakfast or to continue meeting with collaborators that you identified.
9:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Role of Scientific Societies and Professional Organizations
  American Society of Nephrology (ASN)
Dr. Deidra Crews, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, ASN
  American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR)
Dr. Nicole Wright, Assistant Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  American Diabetes Association (ADA)
Dr. Allison McElvaine, Director, Research Communications, ADA
  Endocrine Society
  Dr. Rocio Pereira, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Denver
  Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)
Ms. Liz Fray, Membership Coordinator, CUR
10:50 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Business Meeting and Committee Reports
  Oversight Committee Report
Dr. Sylvia Rosas, Associate Professor, Joslin Diabetes Center
  Planning Committee Report
Dr. Lincoln Edwards, University President, Northern Caribbean University
  NMRI Chapter Overview
Dr. Patricia Heyn, Associate Professor, University of Colorado, Anschultz Medical Campus
11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Poster Session Awards
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
  Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Disparities Research: Opportunities, Process, and Impact
Dr. Parag Aggarwal, Senor Program Officer, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Scientific Presentations Abstract Winners
  An Optimal Modifiable Lifestyle Risk Factor Score is Associated with Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in African Americans: The Jackson Heart Study
  Dr. Joshua J. Joseph, Assistant Professor of Medicine, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  Diabetes Educators and In-Person Culturally Competent Medical Interpreters Collaborative: A Diabetes Education Group for Hispanic Patients with Limited English Proficiency
  Dr. Ariana Pichardo-Lowden, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Hershey Medical Center
  Mitochondrial Protection in Aged Kidneys Reduces Parietal Epithelial Cell Senescence
  Dr. Mariya Sweetwyne, Acting Instructor, University of Washington
2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Wrap-up, Next Steps, Adjournment


Hotel Accommodations

Double Tree Hotel Bethesda
8120 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone:  (800) 955-7359 or Fax:  (301) 664-7317

Website:  http://www.doubletreebethesda.com/
(More hotel information can be obtained from this website. Click here to make a reservation.)

Government Room Rate

A limited number of sleeping rooms for conference participants has been reserved at the Double Tree Hotel Bethesda. The rate is $242.00 per night plus tax (13%). To reserve a hotel room at the group rate, call reservation, Tara Okusaga at 240-235-1663 and request the group rate for NIH-NIDDK NMRI Annual Meeting 2017 or the Group SRP/Code: NM4. The room block will be in effect until Friday, April 7, 2017, or until full, whichever comes first. Any room reservations received after that date will be accepted on a space-and rate-availability basis.

Reservation Dates

Book arrival on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, with departure on Friday, April 28, 2017.


Please be certain that the hotel provides you with a confirmation number for your reservation. After April 7, 2017, 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 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.​​




Submission Deadline

March 27, 2017

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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