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Future innovations in health care and prevention require research across a full spectrum of biomedical science, from basic and translational research to implementation science and comparative effectiveness research. 

AAMC advocates for funding and appropriate regulation by major federal agencies and organizations supporting this research, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Ensuring a sustainable research mission is essential to achieve long-term health priorities, develop new therapeutics and preventive measures, focus on patient-centered outcomes, and reduce health disparities. 

We also work to ensure the integrity of biomedical research, especially research involving human subjects, including privacy protections and management of financial conflicts of interest.

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News and Updates


Senators Introduce Bill to Establish Adoption Policy for Research Animals

August 2, 2019

A bipartisan group of Senators July 30 introduced the Animal Freedom from Testing, Experimentation and Research (AFTER) Act. This bill aims to encourage the adoption of laboratory animals that are no longer needed for research.


House of Representatives Passes Sexual Harassment Legislation

July 26, 2019

The House of Representatives July 23 passed by voice vote the Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act of 2019 (H.R. 36). The bill, introduced Jan. 3, would establish an interagency working group led by the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), with representatives from each federal science agency with an extramural research expenditure over $1 billion and the Department of Education [see Washington Highlights, Jan. 11].


NIH Issues Guidance on Policies for Reporting “Foreign Activities”

July 19, 2019

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) July 10 issued a guide notice outlining responsibilities for institutions and investigators under the NIH Grants Policy Statement as well as other applicable federal regulations to “report foreign activities through documentation of other support, foreign components, and financial conflict of interest to prevent scientific, budgetary, or commitment overlap.”


Research Community, Members of Congress Address HHS Regarding Fetal Tissue Research

July 19, 2019

The AAMC joined over 90 organizations representing medical and scientific societies and academic and research organizations on a July 11 letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, expressing concern over the department’s June 5 policy to limit the use of fetal tissue in research supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) [see Washington Highlights, June 7].


House Energy and Commerce Committee Advances Numerous Bipartisan Health Care Bills

July 19, 2019

The House Energy and Commerce Committee held a July 17 markup to advance legislation regarding several key health care issues, including Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and the Title VII health professions workforce development programs. Additionally, the committee passed an amended version of its proposal to address surprise medical bills.


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