Current Lectures Awards & Events

Beyond research and training programs, the FNIH supports and organizes symposia and educational events to promote innovative thinking as well as to develop a broader public understanding of biomedical science. 

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In 2013, the FNIH presented the first Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences, an annual award of $100,000 recognizing outstanding achievement by a promising young scientist in biomedical research. Any member of an accredited educational and/or scientific institution can nominate a biomedical investigator for this prize that is presented at the FNIH Award Ceremony each May. The prize is made possible by the generosity of philanthropist Ann Lurie.

The 2016 Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Dementias (ADRD) Summit will be hosted by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) in collaboration with the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and held March 29-30, 2016 at the Natcher Auditorium on the NIH Campus.

The National Institutes of Health is convening the 3rd Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) Research Summit to be held on March 1-2, 2018 in Bethesda, Maryland. The program will build on the foundation laid by the 2012 and 2015 NIH AD Research Summits and the U.S. National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA)/National Plan to Address AD.

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), the Advancing Science, Improving Lives symposia and scholarly events will bring together scientists, healthcare professionals and members of the public to discuss the advancements in nursing science that build the foundation of clinical nursing practice.

The Charles A. Sanders, M.D. Partnership Award recognizes persons and/or organizations that have made significant contributions to the FNIH’s work to build, implement and nurture private-public partnerships in support of the mission of the NIH.

Under Dr. Charles A. Sanders’ visionary leadership, the FNIH has influenced the course of biology and medicine over the past 20 years. At the Charles A. Sanders, M.D., Scientific Symposium, hear from scientific leaders, including Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences awardees, to learn more about the latest pioneering biomedical research.

Cognitive Aging Summit III will bring together experts in a variety of research fields to discuss the most cutting edge advances in our understanding of age-related brain and cognitive changes, with a particular focus on resilience and reserve. 

The Dr. Anita Roberts Memorial Fund awards travel scholarships for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to present their work at a national meeting.

On Wednesday, May 17, 2017 thought leaders from the NIH, pioneers in biomedical science, the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, philanthropists and business executives convened in Washington, D.C. for the fifth annual FNIH Award Ceremony and presentation of the Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences. This $100,000 award, made possible by a generous gift from FNIH Board member Ann Lurie, recognizes outstanding achievement by a promising young scientist in biomedical research.

Go4Life is a signature public health campaign by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to encourage older adults to get active and stay active.

The Dr. John Laws Decker Memorial Fund honors the late NIH Clinical Center Director through the annual John Laws Decker Memorial Lecture and the Distinguished Clinical Teacher's Award.>

In 2017, the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) will present the fifth annual Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences, a $100,000 award recognizing outstanding achievement by a promising young scientist in biomedical research.

On October 16-17, 2017, the National Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Services will hold a two-day Summit on the NIH campus entitled: National Research Summit on Dementia Care: Building Evidence for Services and Supports. The purpose of the Summit is to address the growing need for evidence that improves the quality of care and support provided to persons with dementia and their caregivers.

The Dr. Norman P. Salzman Memorial Fund was established in 1999 to present the annual Norman P. Salzman Memorial Symposium and Award in Virology to an outstanding Postdoctoral Fellow, Research Fellow or Clinical Fellow working in the field of virology within the intramural NIH, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research or Leidos community.

Consensus points of potential risks related to the use of gene drive technology in Anopheles gambiae for malaria control in Africa were developed at a multi-disciplinary workshop and published.

The Robert Whitney Newcomb Memorial Fund endows an annual lecture in neuroscience and one or more internships for high-school students at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). 

The Sayer Vision Research Lecture and Award funds an annual presentation delivered by an investigator conducting outstanding research in the area of vision research or related fields. It also provides a grant to support the research of a promising independent investigator in the early stage of his or her career in the Division of Intramural Research whose work is closely related to aspects of vision research.

The Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary Health Therapies is an annual lecture given by leading figures in science and medicine who come to NIH to speak from their perspective about the field of complementary and integrative medicine.

The Dr. Franklin A. Neva Memorial Fund supports an annual lecture on a topic related to clinical tropical medicine and associated pathophysiology as part of the Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases’ (LPD) ongoing lecture series. It honors the legacy of Franklin A. Neva, M.D., a renowned virologist, parasitologist, clinician and former director of the Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases (LPD) at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).>

The National Institute of Nursing Research will host a two-day Summit to gather a variety of stakeholder perspectives on the spectrum of caregiving issues and research for conditions and illnesses that may occur across the lifespan.