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About the Advisory Panel on Research (APR)

Biomedical, behavioral and health sciences research ranks among this nation’s most critical priorities and key public investments.  The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and its members are committed to ensuring the continued strength of a broad-based national research program to improve the nation’s health. Congress and the American public have also affirmed their strong support for continued progress in medical research through generous investments in the National Institutes of Health, the primary source of federal support for biomedical and health sciences research, as well as through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other agencies.  These agencies in turn are principal sponsors of research at AAMC member medical schools and teaching hospitals.  Given the importance of this federal-academic partnership in medical research, it is incumbent upon the AAMC to represent the views of research institutions and individual scientists effectively and authoritatively, and to fulfill all responsibilities that this representation entails. To assist the Association in meeting this mandate, the AAMC established an advisory panel in 1991 to guide the Association’s efforts in biomedical research advocacy, education, policy formulation, and strategy development.

In 2008, AAMC identified as a strategic priority to “strengthen the national commitment to discovery that promotes health and prevent disease and disability.”  We have identified five goals to align with that strategic priority:

Goal 1:   Increase the awareness of the public, policy makers and our constituents of the value of the broad scope of research that spans fundamental discovery to clinical research to research in partnerships with communities to research on translation to practice.

Goal 2:   Work with internal and external stakeholders to advocate for sustainable and predictable funding for the research enterprise

Goal 3:   Facilitate AAMC member institutions being identified as “research innovation zones,” serving as international leaders in identifying and facilitating the development of innovative models of resource sharing, collaborations, efficient operations, and integration with the education and clinical mission, consistent with institutional values and goals.

Goal 4:   Identify innovative models and practices to help develop and educate a diverse workforce and promote a broad spectrum of pathways to careers that improve health through discovery.

Goal 5:   Promote integrity and accountability in research