The AAMC is providing these forums as a platform for sharing important policy updates and other timely information with the GREAT and GRAND communities. Topics are selected by AAMC staff with input from the GREAT and GRAND Steering Committees, and suggestions are invited from the membership.
Please send topic suggestions to Amanda Field, PhD, AAMC Science Policy Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Insights on Federal Funding and the National Institutes of Health (2020 Update)
Tannaz Rasouli, MPH, Senior Director of Public Policy and Government Relations, and Christa Wagner, PhD, Senior Legislative Analyst, led a discussion on where the federal appropriations process stands and updated on COVID-19 emergency supplemental funding for federal research agencies. Presentation Slides (PDF)
National Institute of General Medical Sciences Director's Update
Jon Lorsch, PhD, Director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), updated on key NIGMS issues for the extramural research and research training community. Dr. Lorsch addressed NIGMS support of faculty and trainees during the COVID-19 pandemic, progress of MIRA (R35) awards for early-career and established investigators, update on revised NIGMS T32 training programs, and support for regional facilities and lab safety in training environments. Presentation Slides (PDF)
The View from the NIH Office of Extramural Research
Mike Lauer, MD, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, provided an update on key NIH policies for the extramural research and research training community. Along with general NIH updates, Dr. Lauer addressed how the NIH is responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Presentation Slides (PDF)
Accessing Available AAMC Data Research, Evaluation, Policy, and Advocacy
Hershel Alexander, PhD, AAMC Director of Data Operations and Services, provided an overview of selected AAMC data resources that may be of interest to the biomedical science community for research, evaluation, policy, and advocacy purposes. The presentation covered descriptions of how to access AAMC data and what data are available. Presentation Slides (PDF)
Report from the National Academy of Sciences: The Science on Effective Mentoring in STEMM
The study director of the report, Maria Lund Dahlberg, and a member of the report consensus committee, Rick McGee, PhD, discussed the key report findings on the science of mentorship in STEMM, report recommendations on the institutional implementation of effective mentoring practices, and highlights of the online mentoring resource guide designed by the report committee. Presentation Slides (PDF)
Insights on Federal Funding and the National Institutes of Health
Tannaz Rasouli, MPH, Senior Director of Public Policy and Government Relations, discussed where the federal appropriations process stand and NIH and agency budgets. Presentation Slides (PDF)
Key Issues in Science and Research Policy: Data Sharing and Foreign Government Influence
Heather Pierce, JD, MPH, AAMC Senior Director of Science Policy and Regulatory Counsel, discussed the future of sharing research data and recognizing those who share, and how recent revelations about how foreign government influence is affecting the US research and research training enterprise. Presentation Slides (PDF)