The Center provides many activities for program enrichment. A major focus of the Center's activities is the lecture series on a variety of current research topics by invited speakers from both inside and outside the University. These lectures are attended by a wide variety of senior and junior scientists and trainees from throughout the University, in addition to the Investigators of the Center. Each year, in the Winter, the Center sponsors an all day research retreat in which one expert in the field of peptide hormone research is invited to visit, provide a lecture and interact with the Center Investigators. All of the Investigators of the Center, particularly the junior scientists of the various laboratories and the Pilot/Feasibility Project awardees and applicants, are invited to present posters at this meeting for discussion with the visiting professor and the senior scientists. This format provides a useful forum for progress evaluation of ongoing Pilot/Feasibility Projects and consideration of Pilot/Feasibility Projects in evolution that will be submitted as applications for later consideration.