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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.


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

House Energy and Commerce Leaders Ask HHS IG to Investigate NFL-NIH Research Funding

September 23, 2016

Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a September 15 letter to the Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) requesting an investigation of the interaction between the National Football League (NFL) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) regarding funding for brain injuries research. 

NIGMS, NINDS, and NCATs Councils Meet

September 23, 2016

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), and National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) councils met September 15-16. 

AAMC Nominee Appointed to PCORI Board of Governors

September 23, 2016

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) September 22 announced the appointment of Russell M. Howerton, MD, FACS, chief medical officer and vice president of clinical operations at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors. The AAMC had nominated Dr. Howerton based on his current clinical leadership at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and primary role in implementing research and improving the linkage between research and clinical care.

Spending Bill Stalls As End of Fiscal Year Looms

September 23, 2016

The Senate Sept. 22 appeared to inch closer to consideration of a stopgap spending bill as Republican leaders released text of a spending package (H.R. 5325) to continue funding for most federal agencies through Dec. 9, fund the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) through the end of FY 2017, and provide emergency supplemental funding for Zika and disaster relief efforts. But Democrats quickly objected to the bill as “Republican-only,” citing the need for continued negotiations to resolve outstanding issues before they can support the bill.

Final Rule Issued on Clinical Trials Registration and Results Submission

September 16, 2016

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Sept. 16 issued the final rule on clinical trials registration and results submission, specifying new requirements and expanding the scope and application of the regulation for the submission of trial data to the website.

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