2014 Focus on Fellows Attendees
The NEI’s Office of the Scientific Director hosts the annual Focus on Fellows event, designed to stimulate scientific exchange and career development for trainees. Graduate students, postbaccalaureate fellows, and postdoctoral fellows present their research and compete for scientific travel awards. Invited speakers from inside and outside the NIH give scientific presentations and seminars on topics such as maximizing work potential, mentoring, and technology transfer. Trainees also have the opportunity to interact with NEI staff and alumni to discuss career opportunities in academia, industry, and government, as well as various topics in vision research. This event was initiated in 2007 by Dr. Sarah Sohraby, the former NEI Deputy Scientific Director, and has formed the basis for the development of a strong sense of community across the Institute.