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NIH SMRB examines role of NIH in pre-college science education

March 28, 2014—The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Scientific Management Review Board (SMRB) March 25 met to discuss programs and activities to engage pre-college students in biomedical science.

During his address to the board, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., expressed concern about “missing out” on attracting the best and the brightest students into medical research and asked the group to consider ways to “optimize NIH’s pre-college programs” so that they “both align with the NIH mission and ensure a continued pipeline of biomedical science students and professionals.”

Clyde Yancy, M.D., chief of cardiology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, will lead an NIH-sponsored study of options for improving and enhancing the pipeline of students going into biomedical research.

This new SMRB working group on Pre-College Engagement in Biomedical Science (PEBS) will focus on identifying connections between pre-college education and the biomedical research pipeline to help define NIH’s role in K-12 health science education and training efforts. The report from the working group is expected by the end of 2014. A videocast of the SMRB meeting is available.


Irena Tartakovsky, M.D.
Director, Constituent Engagement
Telephone: 202-862-6134


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