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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

Congress Enacts Bipartisan Reauthorization of NSF, Other Federal Science Programs

January 6, 2017

The House of Representatives Dec. 16 passed by unanimous consent American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (S.3084), which reauthorizes the America COMPETES Act (P.L. 110-69). The Senate Dec. 10 approved the bill before adjourning.  

AAMC Submits Comments to PCORI on Data Sharing Policy

January 6, 2017

The AAMC Dec. 14 submitted comments to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) regarding a proposed Policy for Data Access and Data Sharing.

Fetal Tissue Panel Issues Final Report

January 6, 2017

Republican members of the 114th Congress’s House Select Investigative Panel of the Energy and Commerce Committee Dec. 30 released a final report on the panel’s work investigating the transfer of fetal tissue and related matters. Delivery of the report marks the end of the panel, which was not reauthorized in the 115th Congress. 

AAMC Supports Use of Preprints in NIH Grant Applications and Reports

December 16, 2016

The AAMC Dec. 9 endorsed the use of pre-publication research reports, or preprints, in research grant applications and other official reports. 

NIH ACD Discusses Sustainability and Efficiency in Researcher Support

December 16, 2016

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) Dec. 8-9 met to discuss NIH’s most recent data on support for individual investigators, and implications for developing a more stable and productive research system. 

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