Release Date:  June 4 1998


National Institutes of Health

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

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

Ms. Diana Jaeger
Director, Division of Grants Policy
Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration

Mr. Thomas McCormack
Assistant Grants Policy Officer, Division of Grants Policy
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 Office of 
Extramural Research,

Mr. Gary Thompson
Assistant Grants Policy Officer, Division of Grants Policy
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

Seminar Leader:
Diana Jaeger, Director, Division of Grants Policy, Office of Policy for
Extramural Research Administration (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 home page
( as it becomes available.

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