AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, issued the following statement on the announcement of the Biden administration’s science team, including the Presidential Science Advisor and leaders at the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST):
“The AAMC commends President-elect Biden for elevating science to a national priority by elevating the Presidential Science Advisor to a Cabinet level position and selecting immensely qualified and experienced leaders to guide the administration’s science policy decisions. From fighting the COVID-19 pandemic to addressing health disparities to developing medical treatments and diagnostics, an evidence-based approach to policy must direct the way forward on the nation’s health challenges. The AAMC is confident that the newly named members of President-elect Biden’s White House science team have the expertise and years of proven leadership to get the job done.
We look forward to working with Dr. Lander (OSTP), Dr. Collins (NIH), Dr. Nelson (OSTP), Dr. Zuber (PCAST), Dr. Arnold (PCAST), Mr. Koizumi (OSTP), and Ms. Jones (OSTP) to further science and biomedical research to improve the health of people everywhere.”