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Learn about policy issues important to medical schools and teaching hospitals, with Executive Vice President Atul Grover, M.D., Ph.D.


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The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the largest source of funding for medical research in the world. 

More than 80 percent of the NIH's budget goes to more than 300,000 research personnel at over 3,000 universities and research institutions, with more than half of this extramural funding going to the nation's medical schools and teaching hospitals.

The AAMC works closely with a broad spectrum of stakeholders through the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research to advocate sustainable funding support commensurate with growing opportunities for scientific discovery and improved health.

The AAMC also collaborates with NIH and the scientific community to promote policies that maintain and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the medical research enterprise.

News and Updates

Senate HELP Committee Holds Hearings on 21st Century Cures Act Implementation

December 15, 2017

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Dec. 7 held a hearing entitled, “Implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act: Progress and the Path Forward for Medical Innovation.”

FDA Commissioner Gottlieb and NIH Director Collins Discuss the Promise of Regenerative Medicine

December 7, 2017

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) hosted the Regenerative Medicine Innovation Workshop on Dec. 6-7, 2017, in Rockville, MD.  The workshop explored the field of regenerative medicine using adult stem cells and approaches to advance clinical research while ensuring interventions are safe and effective.

Senate Appropriations Committee Holds Hearing on Opioid Crisis

December 7, 2017

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Dec. 5 held a hearing to discuss federal efforts to address the opioid epidemic.

NIH and FDA Leaders Update House Committee on 21st Century Cures Act Implementation

December 1, 2017

The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Nov. 30 held a hearing titled, “Implementing the 21st Century Cures Act: An Update from FDA and NIH.”

Trump Opioid Commission Releases Final Report with 56 Recommendations

November 3, 2017

After its last official meeting, the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis Nov. 1 released its final report.

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