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A regional seminar covering topics related to National Institutes of Health extramural program funding and grants administration has been scheduled for Thursday and Friday, July 9-10, 1998, in Salt Lake City, Utah. This seminar, hosted by the University of Utah, is designed to attract participants from the inter-mountain/western region, although interested individuals from other regions are welcome to attend. Individuals from small and minority educational institutions, for-profit research organizations, hospitals, universities and medical centers are encouraged to attend. The two-day seminar will feature both plenary and break-out sessions in order to provide information of interest to academic researchers, scientists, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and both new and senior research administrators.

Plenary session topics include: Scientific Peer Review; Development of Institute Program Priorities and Funding Plans; Electronic Research Administration; Research Integrity, Intellectual Property, and Financial Conflict of Interest under Federal Grants; and Project Monitoring. Break-out sessions will be held on the following topics: NIH Reinvention Initiatives; Preparation of the Research Plan; NIH Fundamentals Workshop for New Administrators; Pre-award Administration; Funding Opportunities for New Investigators; Current Issues in Research Administration; Clinical Trials; National Library of Medicine Programs; Open Session for Senior Researchers; Mock Study Section Review; and Compliance Issues.

The following NIH officials will be leading the plenary and break-out sessions:

    Lawrence Agodoa, M.D.
    Director, Minority Health Program
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

    Dr. Ellie Ehrenfeld
    Director, Center for Scientific Review

    Dr. Bettie J. Graham
    Program Director, Division of Extramural Research
    National Human Genome Research Institute

    Ms. Joellen Harper
    Grants Management Officer, National Center for Research Resources

    Ms. Mary Jo Hoeksema
    Special Assistant to the Director, Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration

    Ms. Diana Jaeger
    Director, Division of Grants Policy - OPERA, NIH

    Mr. Thomas McCormack
    Assistant Grants Policy Officer, NIH Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration

    Mr. David Mineo
    Grants Management Officer, National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences

    Mr. Dwight Mowery
    Grants Management Specialist, National Library of Medicine

    Belinda Seto, Ph.D.
    Senior Advisor to the Deputy Director for Extramural Research
    OOffice of Extramural Research, NIH Office of the Director

    Mr. Gary Thompson
    Assistant Grants Policy Officer, NIH Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration

Individuals who are interested in receiving registration information may submit their names to the host institution for the registration mailing list (see below).

Seminar Leader:
Diana Jaeger, Director, Division of Grants Policy - OPERA, NIH

Seminar Coordinator (NIH):
Mary Jo Hoeksema, Special Assistant to the Director, OPERA, NIH, 301/435-0937

Seminar Coordinator (University of Utah):
Lynne Chronister, Director, Sponsored Projects and Research, University of Utah

Seminar Dates:
Thursday and Friday, July 9-10, 1998

University Park Hotel and Suites
480 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, Utah 84108
800/637-4390 (toll-free outside Utah)

Room reservations should be made directly with the University Park Hotel and Suites. A block of rooms has been reserved for seminar participants at a rate of $95 per night, single or double occupancy. Participants should reference the NIH Regional Seminar when you call. Reservations must be made by June 17 in order to receive the negotiated conference room rate.

Registration Fee: $145
The registration fee will cover continental breakfast and lunch on Thursday and Friday, a reception on Thursday evening, and all seminar materials. Checks or purchase orders made out to the University of Utah will be accepted for payment.

Registration and Inquiries:
Individuals may request registration materials by sending a letter, fax, or electronic mail message containing your name, title, institution, address, telephone number, fax number, electronic mail address, and anticipated number of registrants to:

    Judy Martinez
    Office of Sponsored Projects
    University of Utah
    1C 47 School of Medicine
    50 North Medical Drive
    Salt Lake City, Utah 84132
    801/585-3300 fax

This is the only NIH regional seminar planned for fiscal year 1998. One or two seminars will be held in fiscal year 1999. Although the location of the 1999 seminar(s) has yet to be decided, it is likely that one seminar will be held in the eastern/mid-atlantic region. No separate mailing list is maintained for the regional seminars. Information on upcoming regional seminars will be published in the NIH Guide and on the NIH Grants Policy home page as it becomes available.

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