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2nd Annual NIH Investigator Meeting for Interoception Research

Date: November 11, 2023

Hyatt Regency Bethesda (One Bethesda Metro Center, Bethesda, Maryland)


Event Description

This investigator meeting, hosted by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), on November 11, 2023, will highlight recent advances in interoception research as relevant to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Blueprint for Neuroscience Functional Neural Circuits of Interoception Initiative. The meeting is being held in-person at the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The talks will be streamed on NIH VideoCast, however the poster presentations will not be viewable online.

Invited speakers will focus on basic and human subject research related to functional neural circuit analysis of interoception. The overall goal of this investigator meeting is to review the recent scientific advances on interoception research, facilitate the building of collaborations, and brainstorm future research.

This event will feature a keynote speech on cutting-edge behavioral analysis relevant to interoception, followed by selected junior investigator flash talk presentations. The meeting will have two additional scientific sessions on recent advances on the neural connections between the brain and one internal organ system or multiple internal organ systems through vagal, spinal, and humoral pathways. In addition, the event will feature 20 selected poster presentations from in-person attendees.

Registration is required. The deadline to register to attend in-person is October 20, 2023. There will be NO on-site registration.
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Nov 11

Draft Agenda

November 11, 2023 (Saturday)

8:30 a.m. ET | Registration


9:00 a.m. | Opening Remarks

  • Helene M. Langevin, M.D., Director, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
  • Walter Koroshetz, M.D., Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

9:15–9:25 a.m. | Program and Review Updates   

  • Wen G. Chen, M.MSc., Ph.D., NCCIH
  • Matthew Oh, Ph.D., Center for Scientific Review (CSR)                                          

9:25–10:00 a.m. | Keynote Presentation:
Moderator: Dana Schloesser, Ph.D., Office of Behavior and Social Science Research (OBSSR)/NIH)

  • Kay Tye, Ph.D., Salk Institute for Biological Studies 

10:00–10:30 a.m. | Session One: Flash Talks by Junior Investigators 
Moderators: Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D., NCCIH and Olga Tjurmina, Ph.D., National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

  • Minel Arinel, B.S.c., Duke University
  • Michael Cardenas, B.S., University of Arizona
  • Senegal Alfred Mabry, B.A., M.P.A., Cornell University
  • Khalil Ramadi, Ph.D., New York University
  • Jose L. Herrero Rubio, Ph.D., The Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research
  • Le Zhang, Ph.D., Yale University

10:30–10:50 a.m. | Break and Poster Set Up 

10:50–12:20 p.m. | Session Two: Brain–Single Organ System Connections 
Moderators: Todd S. Horowitz, Ph.D., National Cancer Institute (NCI) and Olujimi Ajijola, M.D., Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

  • Todd Coleman, Ph.D., Stanford University
  • Dana Small, Ph.D., Yale School of Medicine
  • Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D., Stanford University
  • Sarah Garfinkel, Ph.D., University College London
  • Sahib Khalsa, M.D., Ph.D., Laureate Institute for Brain Research

12:20-2:30 p.m. | Lunch Break and Poster Session


2:30–4:00 p.m. | Session Three: Brain–Multiorgan System Connections 
Moderators: Julia Berzhanskaya, Ph.D., NHLBI and Mark L. Andermann, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School

  • Rui Chang, Ph.D., Yale School of Medicine 
  • John Osborn, Ph.D., University of Minnesota 
  • Ardém Patapoutian, Ph.D., Scripps Research 
  • Julie Pilitsis, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., Florida Atlantic University Schmidt College of Medicine 
  • Richard Lang, Ph.D., Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

4:05-5:00 p.m. | Networking Time

5:00 p.m. | Adjourn

Travel Awardees

In addition to the six flash talk presenters listed in the agenda, the following four junior investigators will receive travel awards.

  • Osama Harraz, Ph.D., University of Vermont
  • Kasey Jackman, Ph.D., Columbia University
  • Atharva Sahasrabudhe, B.S., M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Truong Ly, B.S., M.S., University of California, San Francisco