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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

VA National Research Advisory Council Discusses Strategic Priorities for Research and Veteran Engagement

June 15, 2018

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Research Advisory Council (NRAC) met June 6 to provide updates on priorities for veteran research and engagement.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council Meeting, and NHLBI Precision Medicine Engagement

June 15, 2018

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council June 12 meeting included an update from National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Director Gary Gibbons, MD, and an update on how the institute is collaborating with the All of Us research program.

The National Academies Releases Report on Sexual Harassment in Sciences, Engineering, Medicine

June 15, 2018

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) June 12 released its report on “Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.”

NIH Releases Strategic Plan for Data Science

June 8, 2018

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) June 4 released its first Strategic Plan for Data Science, which presents a roadmap for “modernizing the NIH-funded biomedical data-resource ecosystem” and “maximizing the value of data generated through NIH-funded efforts.” Among other objectives, the plan addresses: the development of data management and storage tools; policies for secure, ethical, and productive data use; and the need to train the biomedical research workforce in the fundamentals of data science.

NASEM Releases Graduate STEM Education Report

June 8, 2018

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) May 29 released a report titled “Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century.” The report envisions a graduate STEM education that shifts its focus from the needs of institutions and the research enterprise to one that is more student-centered, as emphasized in an editorial by committee chair Alan Leshner in Science.

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