Full Day Seminars

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Seminar 02: NIH Grant Writing Seminar for Early Career Researchers

Lead Presenter: Wendy Nilsen, PhD, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
Co-Presenters: Audie A. Atienza, PhD, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda MD; William N. Elwood, PhD, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD; Michael Stirratt, PhD, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, Stacey Fitzsimmons, PhD, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD; Jane Simoni, PhD, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; Francis Keefe, PhD, Duke University, Chapel Hill, NC; and Michaela Kiernan, PhD, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

This seminar will provide investigators who are new to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant application process with information and advice on writing a successful application for NIH funding. The format will include didactic presentations, question and answer sessions, a "mock" review, guidance on interpreting summary statements, and small group discussion. NIH scientists who oversee programs of research will describe current funding opportunities, grant mechanisms, policies, procedures, and steps in the grant submission process. An NIH review officer will discuss review procedures and considerations, and senior investigators will provide their perspectives on writing a successful application.

Ample time will be provided for questions regarding programmatic, review and grantsmanship aspects of the NIH funding process. In addition, experiential and small-group activities will deepen participants' knowledge of the grant writing process and provide more tailored information and feedback. A "mock" review session will be conducted to demonstrate the roles and interactions among various participants in a study section, including the NIH review officer, review group Chair and assigned reviewers. Participants will also be asked to submit in advance a 1-2 page synopsis of the research aims, hypotheses, and methods for an application they are considering submitting, and/or specific questions they may have regarding the grant writing and review process. These will be discussed in small groups led by NIH staff and senior investigators, allowing participants to receive detailed feedback and advice to enhance the quality of their future grant submissions.

Seminar 03: Applying Integrative Data Analytic Methods to Population-Level Cross-Sectional Survey Data

Lead Presenter: Richard P. Moser, PhD, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD
Co-Presenters: Sana Naveed, MPH, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD, Benmei Liu, PhD, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD, Mandi Yu, PhD, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD, Lila F. Rutten, MPH, PhD, Department of Health Sciences Research, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, Kelly Blake, ScD, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD, and William Riley, PhD, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD

Integrative data analysis (IDA) is a general term for a set of analytic techniques derived from combining or linking independent data sets together and analyzing them as a complete set. This is different from meta-analysis in that one analyzes the actual data in IDA, not the statistical summaries of those data. IDA is a cost-effective way to do science and has the potential to move areas of science forward rapidly by building a cumulative knowledge base. It is an extremely topical issue given the unprecedented access to data that is now afforded to all researchers through cyberinfrastructure (i.e., internet-based research environments), and a push from the Federal government to make data more accessible.

This seminar will focus on applying IDA to nationally-representative survey data. Merging and analyzing these types of data allows researchers to answer questions that cannot be answered with any one data set and contribute to a cumulative knowledge base. This seminar will provide a general overview of the pertinent issues involved with IDA, demonstrate several applied guided examples utilizing data from multiple iterations of the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS)--including HINTS Puerto Rico and other nationally-representative survey data-- and discuss Federal funding opportunities to support IDA methodology. Extensive notes will be distributed to attendees-- including statistical code and related output-- with the goal of helping them to do the same or similar analyses.

Seminar 04: Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT): Theory and Practices

Lead Presenter: Jean L. Kristeller, PhD. Psychology, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN

Mindfulness approaches to treating overeating and obesity offer substantial promise, as supported to date in three completed NIH trials. This seminar will introduce the conceptual background, research evidence and treatment components of a mindfulness meditation-based intervention used effectively with individuals with compulsive eating problems, significant weight issues, and diabetes. MB-EAT draws on scientific knowledge of eating regulation, including hunger and satiety mechanisms, melding this with the principles of meditation practice. MB-EAT is designed to assist individuals to become more aware of food choice, the experience of eating, and ways to suspend reactivity and re-engage wisdom. Mindfulness appears to act by rapidly promoting self-awareness, internalization of control and self-acceptance in individuals with eating issues.

Our research to date suggests that individuals can bring compulsive overeating under control, and that improvement is associated directly with degree of mindfulness meditation practice. An overview of the treatment components will be presented, along with experiential material related to increasing experiences of improved self-regulation. Portions of a video of participants' experiences will be shared.

Experiential work will include selected guided meditations for the seminar participants to experience. Mindfulness exercises using actual food will be used, in addition to other eating and general meditation exercises. This introductory workshop is intended for practitioners with a range of backgrounds.

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