AAMC Statement on NIH Final Conflict of Interest Rule
Washington, D.C., August 23, 2011— AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., issued the following statement today on the final conflict of interest rule from the National Institutes of Health (NIH):
“Today’s final rule from the NIH is an important step forward on the path to strengthening the integrity of biomedical research through enhanced requirements for disclosure and transparency.
The AAMC is committed to working with the NIH and our member medical schools and teaching hospitals, whose physicians and researchers receive more than half of all NIH grants awarded to external scientists, to implement the new rule and preserve the nation’s confidence in the research that improves the health and lives of patients and communities.”
The Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research. Its members comprise all 147 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 80 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC serves the leaders of America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and their nearly 160,000 faculty members, 83,000 medical students, and 115,000 resident physicians. Additional information about the AAMC and its member medical schools and teaching hospitals is available at www.aamc.org.