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UT to Host Regional Conference on NIH Initiatives

The University of Tennessee will hold the first ever 21st Century Cures: Southeast Conference this spring. The event, hosted by the Office of Research and Engagement, will focus on the intersections of precision medicine, the BRAIN Initiative, and cancer research with big data, biology, and materials science.

The conference will take place Wednesday, May 31 and Thursday, June 1 at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. The conference will kick off with an evening keynote and reception Wednesday evening at the Baker Center. Participants can expect a full agenda Thursday, including presentations by NIH program directors and other administrators as well as scientists from the Southeast.

The program will be appropriate for faculty and professional researchers, including those who have not applied for NIH funding previously. This event will facilitate networking among scientists and with NIH program officials, allow researchers to learn about specific funding programs, and create opportunities to share scientific insights and perspectives in a multidisciplinary setting.

There is no fee to register, however there are a limited number of registration slots available. Interested faculty are encouraged to register at the earliest opportunity in order to reserve their space. Faculty from UT, Knoxville, UT Institute of Agriculture, UT Graduate School of Medicine, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory can register here.

One of the featured speakers for Thursdays is Edmund (Ned) Talley, program director for Channels, Synapses and Circuits in the Division of Extramural Research at NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). His program at the NINDS is focused on basic research in synaptic transmission and neuromodulation.

Talley is one of the driving forces leading the NIH BRAIN Initiative, which will be a featured topic of discussion at this conference. Learn more about the mission and programs associated with the BRAIN Initiative here.

Talley’s presentation is expected to be a highlight of the 21st Century Cures: Southeast Conference, alongside an equally impressive list of program officials and researchers whose expertise and perspectives will be useful to those interested in engaging further with NIH.



Jessie Holder Tourtellotte (jholde11@utk.edu, 865-974-1019)