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Special Events

  • NIH Clinical Center 70th anniversary branding

    NIH Clinical Center Anniversary
    Jan. 1 - Dec. 31

    With a focus on improving public health, the NIH Clinical Center opened its doors in July 1953.

    In 2023, the NIH Clinical Center celebrates seven decades of supporting “firsts” – first innovations on diagnoses for disease, first application of technology and novel approaches and first treatments for our patients.

    This celebration looks fondly at our past, our partnerships with patients, their families and our staff and the promise of the future as we continue to innovate and provide a model environment for clinical research, patient care and training future generations of clinician scientists.

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    Let's Salsa
    North Atrium
    12:30 pm
    Sept. 27

    As part of our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are hosting "Let's Salsa" in the Clinical Center North Atrium on Sept. 27 at 12:30 pm.

    Salsa is a hybrid musical form based on Afro-Cuban music and also incorporating elements from other Latin American music styles. The roots of salsa (Spanish: “sauce”) are in the son, a genre of music and dance that originated in the highlands of eastern Cuba during the late 19th century. It is a syncretic genre that blends elements of Spanish and African origin, combining elements of the Spanish guitar-playing tradition with the rhythmic complexity and call-and-response vocal tradition of African musical sources.

    The son traveled throughout Latin America, notably to Mexico. However New York City became the home for the transformation into salsa, beginning in the 1940s. The term salsa was officially coined in the 1960s.

    So, come move and groove with us on Sept. 27.

  • painting of Italian wooden microscope pre 1689

    Clinical Center Art Exhibit: “Science Related”
    July 8 – Oct. 7 & Oct. 7 – Jan. 9

    The Clinical Center will feature “Science Related” – artwork with a scientific focus or created by people with scientific and medical backgrounds.

    The exhibit will feature artists with disparate mediums: wood art and illustrations from Candice Tavares, a clinical pharmacy specialist in palliative care at Medstar Washington Hospital Center; large format botanic photographs from Amy Lamb who worked at NIH as a Post-Doctoral fellow; abstract paintings inspired by science and medicine from Michele Banks who studied at George Washington University and Harvard, paintings of historic microscopes from the Golub Collection of Antique Microscopes at UC Berkley by Sue Fierston and art from Barbara Southworth who combines her twin passions of art and science.

    View the current exhibits online and learn more about the Clinical Center Fine Arts Program (staff only).

Music in the Atrium

All patients, their families and NIH staff are invited to attend the performances in the Clinical Center atrium. The north atrium is a comfortable, welcoming gathering place at the center of the Clinical Center. These concerts are intended to support the Clinical Center's environment of care and healing. Strict social distancing measures will be maintained. Health and safety are our main concern.

Lecture Series

  • Empowerment of Under-represented Researchers Lecture Series
    Monthly Lecture
    Webcast Only

    Invited Lectures Series highlighting and honoring women leaders in academic research, especially related disciplines of Interventional Radiology, Biomedical Engineering, Radiology, Imaging Sciences, Data Science, and Image-Guided Oncology.

  • Grand Rounds Lectures
    Wednesdays, Noon – 1 pm
    Webcast Only - Videocast

    Clinical Center Grand Rounds are weekly presentations on state-of-the-art discoveries geared toward physicians, allied health professionals and non-clinical scientists. Lectures occur from August through June from 12 noon to 1 pm All lectures provide Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits offered by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.

  • Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series External Link Icon
    Wednesdays, 3 pm – 4 pm
    Webcast Only - Videocast

    The NIH Director's Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series, commonly referred to as WALS, features leading researchers from around the globe. Lectures occur on most Wednesdays from September through June from 3 to 4 pm.

All Lectures

National Heritage Months

The NIH Clinical Center treats a diverse group of patients from all over the world. It also draws researchers from different cultures and backgrounds. Learn about some of these researchers who conduct their work at the Clinical Center.

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