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August 2016 Newsletter

Advocacy Corner

  • The Rally for Medical Research Hill Day
    Registration for the 2016 Rally for Medical Research Hill Day on Thursday, September 22, is open. Held every September, this Capitol Hill Day includes nearly 300 national organizations coming together to call on our nation's policymakers to make funding for National Institutes of Health (NIH) a national priority and raise awareness about the importance of continued investment in medical research. Read more…


  • NAS Report Calls for Withdrawal of Proposed Common Rule Revisions
    Work on proposed revisions to the Common Rule, which provides protection to human research participants, should halt until an independent commission has reviewed and updated the frameworks governing human subjects research, according to a report released in late June by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Read More…

  • AAMC Awards Innovations in Research Education
    The AAMC has named three recipients of the 2016 AAMC Innovations in Research Education Award, including awardees from Stony Brook University, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and Stanford University School of Medicine. The winning projects highlight innovations in PhD, MD-PhD, and postdoctoral education and training, or early career development that enhance the institutional research mission. This is the fifth annual award developed in collaboration with leaders in biomedical research, education, and training from AAMC-member institutions. Read more…

  • PCORI Makes More Than $350 Million in Research Support Available through Latest Funding Announcements
    Opportunities include funding for studies of pelvic prolapse treatment, pneumonia, opioid prescribing, palliative care, and sickle cell disease. Read More…


  • A physician-scientist’s wish list for the 2016 US presidential candidates
    As a physician-scientist and academic leader devoted to therapeutic discovery, Scott Friedman, MD, Dean for Therapeutic Discovery at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, presents his wish list for the 2016 U.S. presidential candidates and for securing the future of biomedical research and development. Read more…

  • The Community Mentorship Program: Providing Community-Engagement Opportunities for Early-Stage Clinical and Translational Scientists to Facilitate Research Translation
    The Community Mentorship Program compliments community-engaged research didactics by matching clinical and translational scientists with community mentors who help them identify and complete community-engaged experiences that inform their research. Read more…

  • The Changing Face of Scientific Collaboration
    The article notes that individual career incentives like promotion and tenure have led many scientists to publish as much and as prominently as possible to ensure they get explicit credit for any accomplishments or contributions. Read more…

  • Modern Medicine is Too Reliant on Short-Term Studies
    An article in The Atlantic praises longitudinal studies as the future of medical studies, saying that the widespread use of health-monitoring smart-phone apps could enable a wide segment of the population to track their medical data through time. Read more…


  • Designing a rapid response program to support evidence-informed decision-making in the Americas region: using the best available evidence and case studies
    The study informs the design of a rapid response program to support evidence-informed decision-making in health policy and practice for the Americas region. Read more…

  • Comparative effectiveness research for the clinician researcher: a framework for making a methodological design choice
    A framework for conducting comparative effectiveness research is needed, particularly for interventions for which there are no strong regulatory requirements that must be met prior to their introduction into usual care. This framework includes questions to guide the clinician researcher into the most appropriate trial design to measure treatment effect. Read more…

Get Involved

  • AAMC Webinar Highlights Efforts to Diversify Biomedical Research Workforce
    The AAMC’s Research on Care Community health equity (ROCChe) subgroup will host a webinar on September 13 at 1 p.m. ET to highlight efforts by the NIH to increase diversity among the biomedical research workforce. The webinar is designed for medical students, faculty, and researchers to learn about becoming involved in these efforts as mentors or mentees. Register here

  • Registration Open for 2016 GREAT and GRAND Professional Development Meeting
    “Shaping the Future” will be held September 29-October 1 at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel. The meeting will encourage attendees to focus on preparing for future research and research training needs in an environment that is more diverse and inclusive and places a greater emphasis on accountability. Read more…

  • AAMC Webinar on NIH Single IRB Policy Available
    A webinar for AAMC member institutions was held on Monday, July 11, 2016 to discuss the NIH final policy requiring the use of a single IRB for multi-site research, as well as the resources that the NIH has developed to assist with implementation. Read more…

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