Keystone Symposia is offering scholarships to Students and Postdoctoral Fellows in the life sciences from underrepresented backgrounds. These scholarships, of up to $1,200 USD each, are to be used to help defray the expenses associated with conference attendance, including meeting registration fee, abstract fee, airfare (restrictions may apply based on funding source), ground transportation and lodging costs. Receipts will be required to receive reimbursement for travel expenses other than registration fees. Keystone Symposia strongly encourages those with disabilities to apply for these scholarships (for more information, visit Keystone Symposia Policy on Accessibility). Upcoming Keystone Symposia meetings open for NIH MARC T36 scholarship applications are those taking place in January and February 2015.  The application deadline for the last eligible meeting (Hematopoiesis B6 – February 22-27, 2015) is October 22, 2014.  There are 21 Keystone Symposia meetings (January and February 2015) that are eligible for UR Trainee Scholarships. The application deadline varies with each meeting; each deadline can be found on the Keystone Symposia website. Determination of awardees is made by the meeting organizer based on the abstract submitted.

Eligible Meetings

A1 – Precision Genome Engineering and Synthetic Biology – January 11—16, 2015 in Big Sky, Montana

A2 – Viral Immunity – January 11—16, 2015 in Breckenridge, Colorado

F1 – The Biological Code of Cell Signaling: A Tribute to Tony Pawson – January 11—16, 2015 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

J1 – Integrating Metabolism and Tumor Biology – January 13—18, 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

J2 – PI 3-Kinase Signaling Pathways in Disease – January 13—18, 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

A3 – Immunity to Veterinary Pathogens: Informing Vaccine Development – January 20—25, 2015 in Keystone, Colorado

J3 – Host Response in Tuberculosis – January 22—27, 2015 in Santa Fe, New Mexico

J4 – Granulomas in Infectious and Non-Infectious Diseases – January 22—27, 2015 in Santa Fe, New Mexico

A4 – Epigenetics and Cancer – January 25—30, 2015 in Keystone, Colorado

A5 – Neuroinflammation in Diseases of the Central Nervous System – January 25—30, 2015 in Taos, New Mexico

J5 – Mitochondria, Metabolism and Heart Failure – January 27—February 1, 2015 in Santa Fe, New Mexico

J6 – Diabetes and Metabolic Dysfunction – January 27—February 1, 2015 in Santa Fe, New Mexico

B1 – Autoimmunity and Tolerance – February 3—8, 2015 in Keystone, Colorado

B2 – Endoderm Lineages in Development and Disease – February 8—13, 2015 in Keystone, Colorado

B3 – Plant Receptor Kinases: From Molecules to Environment – February 8—13, 2015 in Taos, New Mexico

J7 – Tumor Immunology – Multidisciplinary Science Driving Combination Therapy – February 8—13, 2015 in Banff, Alberta, Canada

J8 – Antibodies as Drugs: Immunological Scaffolds as Therapeutics – February 8—13, 2015 in Banff, Alberta, Canada

B4 – Systems Biology of Lipid Metabolism – February 9—13, 2015 in Breckenridge, Colorado

G1 – RNA Silencing in Plants – February 17—22, 2015 in Keystone, Colorado

B5 – Neuroepigenetics – February 22—26, 2015 in Santa Fe, New Mexico

B6 – Hematopoiesis – February 22—27, 2015 in Keystone, Colorado


To be eligible for an Underrepresented Trainee Scholarship, you must be:

·         United States Citizen or United States Permanent Resident

·         A graduate student or postdoctoral fellow currently enrolled in an academic program at the start of the meeting for which you are applying

·         From one of the following federally designated underrepresented backgrounds listed below:
(If you have a disability, please contact for instructions to complete the application):

o    Hispanic American

o    African American

o    Native American or Alaska Native

o    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

o    Bicultural (claims parental heritage to one of the above populations in the United States)

·         An applicant is eligible to receive one award per meeting year (July 1st – June 30th)

Application Process

If you are eligible and wish to be considered for a scholarship, you should complete the following by the scholarship deadline for the meeting you wish to attend.

It is recommended you begin these steps in advance of the deadline date to ensure completion.

·         Complete the Underrepresented Trainee application on the Keystone Symposia website (

·         Submit an abstract for the meeting to which you are applying (with paid abstract fee)

·         Have your mentor submit a letter via our website to verify your status as a student or postdoc


Contact: Jeff Lehman, Scholarship Coordinator

The Department of Radiology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University Medical Center has multiple new subspecialty positions available for full-time hire, and is seeking qualified radiologists to work in a community hospital in one of the most sought after locations in Westchester County, NY, approximately 20-25 minutes from NYC.  Subspecialties include Breast Imaging, Body Imaging, Musculoskeletal Imaging, Neuroradiology, Interventional Radiology and General Diagnostic Imaging.  The positions will be full-time Columbia University faculty positions with full fringe benefits.  Responsibilities will include patient care, active participation in resident and fellowship education, and participation in clinical and/or basic research.

The Department of Radiology at Columbia University Medical Center is a leader in imaging services, research and technology development, and provides over 600,000 examinations per year.   Join our team of 9 subspecialty Divisions to provide comprehensive care to Manhattan and Westchester County in conjunction with the large number of affiliated and integrated Columbia University physicians in the region.

In the Westchester location, construction is underway for a 60,000 ft. comprehensive cancer center with dedicated medical, surgical and radiation oncologists. A new women’s imaging facility has also been completed and will contain state-of-the-art mammography and ultrasound services.

Position requires M.D. or D.O. degrees.   Requirements include board certification and fellowship training in subspecialty area.  Candidate must have or be able to obtain a New York State medical license. Salary and academic rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Please visit our online application site at for further information about this position and to submit your application. Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. The School is especially interested in qualified candidates whose record of achievement will contribute to the diversity goals of the institution. Excellent salary and benefits.

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The Keystone Symposia Fellows Program seeks early career scientists from both underrepresented minority and well-represented backgrounds, to interact with our distinguished Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) during the scientific meeting planning process.  It provides an opportunity for a “behind the scenes” look at an activity performed by established scientists that will invaluably inform the applicant’s future career and allows sharing with established scientists applicant views on the challenges faced by early career scientists and underrepresented scientists in particular.

Now in its fifth year, the program has demonstrated that those completing it benefit through high-quality, focused mentoring by recognized world-class scientists on our SAB, potential  invitations to lecture at prestigious laboratories, potential requests to engage in collaborative research with established scientists, the opportunity to present a small piece of their research to the SAB, learning how small scientific meetings are planned, and engaging in in-depth discussions which address the challenges faced by underrepresented scientists.

To all individuals who might be eligible and interested – especially those from underrepresented minority backgrounds, postdoctoral fellows (at least 2 years into the program), Assistant Professors (no more than 4 years into their appointment) or industry equivalent scientists – This Program is a research anchored, diversity focused program.

Applicants must be …

  1. U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  2. Actively engaged in full-time laboratory research

They do not have to be members of designated visible ethnic minority populations, but they do have to document substantial in-depth experiences in face to face interaction with persons from minority populations in the U.S., which include -

  1. Native American/Alaska Native,
  2. Hispanic/Latino,
  3. African American/Black, and
  4. Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders,

And and ensure that these experiences are verifiable. Further, the applicants are required to document an understanding of the specific and sometimes nuanced issues and challenges often faced by underrepresented minority (URM) scientists. By face-to-face interactions, we mean experience or activity other than teaching, which is in many cases largely a one-way communication.  Applicants need to have a serious understanding of the issues in order to carry in-depth discussions in small group settings on challenges to enhancing participation in the life sciences by underrepresented scientists. Verifiable documentation of the qualifying experience is required as part of the application process, and applicants will be chosen in part, based on their demonstrated ability to inform on the issues facing underrepresented scientists.

The Keystone Symposia Fellows Program will begin accepting applications for the 2014 Class on June 1, 2013. The application and eligibility requirements may be found at Keystone Symposia Fellows Program, as well as photos and bios of the most recent class of Fellows.  The application to the Fellows Program must be returned via U.S. postal mail and postmarked no later than 12:00PM (MST) on September 1, 2013. Applicants are urged to begin the application process early in the spring-summer to avoid problems with obtaining necessary documents by the September deadline.

Laina King, Ph.D.
Director, Diversity in Life Science Programs

Mentor, Keystone Symposia Fellows Program
Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology
P.I. NIH- MARC T-36 Grant

Post Office Box 1630
Silverthorne, Colorado 80498 USA
Telephone: 970-262-1230

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6:00 p.m. July 28 – noon, July 31, 2013

at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

Application due:  April 1, 2013

image of 2013 NHLBI Population Studies Workshop

Apply here:

Featured Studies:

Jackson Heart Studylongitudinal study of cardiovascular disease and risk factors African Americans in the Jackson, Mississippi area.

Strong Heart Study multi-center longitudinal study of cardiovascular disease and risk factors in American Indians in Arizona, Oklahoma and the Dakotas.

Workshop Objectives

  • Learn how to access /utilize data available from the Jackson Heart and Strong Heart studies.
  • Develop and present a manuscript proposal using data from one or both of the studies.
  • Provide opportunities to collaborate with other investigators.


  • Early-career level investigators with previous research experience are invited to attend including

junior faculty, new investigators, post doctoral fellows.

  • Other interested investigators with research experience.
  • Targeted toward individuals not currently involved in these studies.


  • NHLBI staff, senior investigators, and data analysis staff from the Jackson Heart Study and Strong Heart Study.

Location and Cost

  • Workshop will be held at the Natcher Conference Center, NIH campus,  Bethesda, Maryland
  • No registration fee
  • Attendees  are responsible for their own travel, lodging and food costs

For questions:


The Research Program on Children and Global Adversity is seeking a post-doctoral Diversity Fellow applicant whose interests and career goals for training align with the activities of our recently-funded NICHD R01 in Sierra Leone to study the inter-generational effects of war on mental health and child development.  Interested potential applicants with a background in quantitative research skills (field based survey data collection, early childhood assessment, psychometric and multivariate analyses of child and family mental health outcomes) as well as qualitative research skills are encouraged to be in touch with Dr. Theresa Betancourt (<>).  The RPCGA and the potential fellow will then work together to co-construct a proposal for funding to NICHD comprising a multi-year training and mentored research plan aligned with their career goals and project activities. Applicants must come from an under-represented minority group and be US citizens or green card holders. Willingness to spend significant time in Sierra Leone for field work is desired as is prior field based research in Africa.

Theresa S. Betancourt, Sc.D., M.A.

Associate Professor of Child Health and Human Rights Department of Global Health and Population

Director, Research Program on Children and Global Adversity François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights Harvard School of Public Health

651 Huntington Avenue, 7th floor (709-D) Boston, MA 02115 USA

Phone: 617 432-5003<tel:617%20432-5003>

Fax: 617 432-4310<tel:617%20432-4310>


See the Harvard Magazine cover story on our work: and in news at the Harvard Center on the Developing Child:

Research Associateships Program

The National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies is offering an award for postdoctoral research to be conducted in residence at the US Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory (USACIL) in Forest Park, GA. The research will focus on statistical analysis of mixed DNA samples and the creation of software and algorithms to ultimately enable tracking, group identification and probability analysis of individuals in the group. Qualified applicants should have a background and experience in one or more of the following areas: informatics, genomics, mathematics, numerical methods, and statistics. The strongest applicants will be comfortable with Matlab and DNA analysis. More information on the research focus can be found here:

The award recipient will receive an annual stipend of $65,000, support for relocation and professional travel, and health insurance. Duration of the award is one year renewable in annual increments to a total of three years maximum. Application submission deadlines are February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1. Prior to applying, qualified individuals should contact the following Research Advisers at USACIL to discuss research interests:

Matthew Bohn at, Tel: 719-502-0967

Jeff Salyards at, Tel: 404-469-5569

Qualified applicants must apply directly to the National Research Council at using online applications found there.

Questions about the application process should be directed to the NRC by email at or by phone at 202-334-2760.

We would appreciate it if you could forward a copy of this message to your graduate students.

Thank you for your assistance.

H. Ray Gamble

Director of the Fellowship Programs
National Research Council
The National Academies
500 5th Street NW, Keck 568
Washington, DC 20001

The New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center

Post-doctoral Research Position for Minority Candidate

Position opening at the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center Fall 2012 pending NIH Supplemental funding to R01 to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

Candidate must

1) Be an Individual in Postdoctoral Training who wishes to participate as postdoctoral researcher in ongoing research projects and career development experiences in preparation for an independent career in a health-related research.

2) Be an American Citizen or a green card holder (i.e., in possession of an Alien Registration Receipt Card or some other legal evidence of admission for permanent residence at the time of application).

3) Be an Individual from an under represented racial and ethnic groups in biomedical research: African Americans, Hispanic Americas, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hawaiian Natives, and natives of the US Pacific Islands.


Position would be for 24 months, starting fall 2012. Candidate’s next step will be to apply for a mentored grant.


New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center (

St Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

1111 Amsterdam Avenue, NY NY 10025

Mentor: Blandine Laferrère, MD (

Focus of Research: Mechanisms of type 2 diabetes remission after bariatric surgery, with a focus on the incretins, insulin secretion, protein metabolism and insulin resistance. Research population is mostly Hispanic, and Spanish speaking candidate welcome.

Please email

- Letter of intent

- Curriculum vitae/ Biosketch (with Citizenship or Green Card status)


Blandine Laferrère, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine

St Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center

Columbia University College of Physician and Surgeons

New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center

Endocrinology and Diabetes Division

Department of Medicine

1111 Amsterdam Avenue, Room 1034

New York, NY 10025


If you are not yet a junior faculty or research scientist, unfortunately you are not eligible for PRIDE. However, for those of you interested in improving your post-doctoral training for advancing your career, the following websites offer some NHLBI-sponsored opportunities:

Post Doctoral Training in Genetic Epidemiology (D.C. Rao, Program Director)
The primary objective of this NHLBI-sponsored project is to produce cutting edge independent scientists and future research leaders in genetic epidemiology.


PRIDE Coordination Core
Washington University in St. Louis
Division of Biostatistics
660 South Euclid Avenue, Box 8067
St. Louis, MO 63110


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