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NIH/NIDDK – The Healthy Reference Tissue and Standards Workshop

July 25, 2022, Virtual

The Healthy Reference Tissue and Standards Workshop will discuss the challenges and best practices for obtaining and using healthy reference tissue as a benchmark for disease and for assessing the technical variability of imaging and -omic assays.  This workshop also will identify state-of-the-art, fit-for-purpose standards for these assays and stimulate discussion of the next generation of standards. The workshop aims to address these issues through the lens of kidney precision medicine while surfacing lessons learned from other fields and sharing solutions that could enhance all atlas-building efforts broadly.

Register by July 22, 2022

Background:  Multiple cell and tissue atlas projects are underway around the globe. These efforts aim to produce community resources and foster an understanding of health and disease. Key needs for these atlas-building efforts include the following:

  • A suite of reference Standards for multiple molecular modalities that can be adopted easily by the research community to improve quality assurance/quality control and to ensure consistent, precise, and accurate measures over time
  • Appropriate Healthy Reference Tissue benchmarks as comparators for disease

For scientific information related to this meeting, please email Dr. Eric Brunskill.  For assistance with registration, please email Danielle Johnikin.

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NIH/NIDDK – Neurourology: Bridging Basic and Clinical Science to Understand Urologic Disease

August 22 – August 23 2022
Natcher Conference Center Bethesda, MD 20894

Meeting Objectives: The overall goal of this workshop is to identify persistent gaps in knowledge related to the interaction between the nervous system and the genitourinary system; how that interaction contributes to benign urologic diseases and disorders; and how multidisciplinary basic, translational, and clinical research can fill these gaps and ultimately enhance prevention, diagnosis, and therapy of benign urologic conditions.

Focus areas will include—

  • Sensory and autonomic innervation, neuroimmune mechanisms, interoception, and cross-organ sensitization in genitourinary function and pathophysiology
  • Clinical and translational tools and technologies informing research and management strategies, including optogenetics, neuroimaging, and neuromodulation therapies
  • Strategies to connect neurobiology to social, behavioral, or psychosocial factors
  • Targeting neurobiological etiologies of urologic disease with novel therapies

Registration Deadline

August 1, 2022 – REGISTER NOW

More information about the agenda and travel here 


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