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    Advisory Panel on Research (APR)

    The AAMC Advisory Panel on Research (APR) was formed in 1991 to guide the AAMCs efforts in biomedical research advocacy, education, policy formulation, and strategy development. The panel is charged with providing input on the resources needed to utilize the full scope of research to meet the health and health care needs of the nation; advising AAMC on how to facilitate a socially responsible and sustainable research mission at our medical schools and teaching hospitals beyond AAMC's advocacy for NIH funding; identifying innovative research models, including strategic resource reallocation, shifts from acquisition to access in core facilities, new non-traditional partnerships, aggressive integration and alignment to address new models of community outreach or health care delivery; identifying innovative models of research training to prepare a medical research workforce equipped to engage in the full scope of research from fundamental discovery to implementation science; as well as weighing-in on specific issues as requested by the AAMC President or Chief Scientific Officer.

    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

    APR Membership

    The AAMC Advisory Panel on Research is composed of members with expertise ranging from institutional leadership, broad scope of research to promote health, innovation and leadership in health care, and institutional infrastructure and resources for research. Our members work together to reflect AAMC’s vision, to respond to contemporary and evolving health and health care needs of the public, to emphasize innovation in research models and infrastructure, to help assure sustainability and social responsiveness of the research enterprise, and to align our activities with the strategic priorities of the AAMC. Our members are appointed to staggered three-year terms.

    The following individuals are currently members of the AAMC Advisory Panel on Research.

    Karen Antman, PhD
    Provost of the Medical Campus and Dean
    Boston University School of Medicine

    Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD, RN, FAAN
    Dean and Mary O'Neil Mundinger Professor
    Columbia University School of Nursing
    Senior Vice President
    Columbia University Medical Center

    David H. Browdy
    Associate Vice President for Finance and CFO
    University of Utah Health Sciences
    Clinical Neurosciences Center

    Michael Friedlander, PhD
    Executive Director, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
    Associate Provost for Health Sciences, Virginia Tech
    Sr. Dean for Research, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
    Professor, Biological Sciences & Biomedical Engineering & Science, Virginia Tech
    Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

    Paul A. Insel, MD
    Director, Medical Scientist Training Program
    Professor, Pharmacology and Medicine
    University of California, San Diego

    Lilly Marks
    Vice President for Health Affairs
    University of Colorado
    Executive Vice Chancellor
    Anschutz Medical Campus

    Brian S. Mittman, PhD
    Sr. Scientist, VA Center for Implementation Practice and
    Research Support, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
    Co-Lead, UCLA CTSI Implementation and Improvement Science Initiative

    Keith C. Norris, MD, FACP
    Professor of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine
    Co-Director, UCLA-CTSI Community Engagement and  Research Program

    Elizabeth Ofili, MD, MPH
    Associate Dean for Clinical Research
    Director, Clinical Research Center
    Morehouse School of Medicine

    Valerie P. Opipari, MD
    Ravitz Foundation Professor and Chair
    Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases
    Physician-in-Chief, C.S. Mott Children's Hospital
    Director of Taubman Institute’s Neuroblastoma Research Program
    University of Michigan Health System

    Richard Platt, MD, MSc
    Professor and Chair, Department of Population Medicine
    Harvard Medical School
    Executive Director, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute

    Marsha D. Rappley, MD
    Vice President for Health Sciences, VCU
    Chief Executive Officer, VCU Health System
    Virginia Commonwealth University

    E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA
    Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Maryland
    John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and Dean
    University of Maryland School of Medicine

    Debra S. Regier, MD, PhD
    Pediatric/Genetics Clinical Fellow
    Chief Resident, Children's National Medical Center
    National Human Genome Research Institute
    National Institutes of Health

    Maureen Smith, MD, PhD, MPH
    Director, Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
    University of Wisconsin

    Wiley “Chip” Souba, Jr., MD, DSc, MBA
    Professor of Surgery
    Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

    Selwyn M. Vickers, MD
    James C. Lee, Jr. Endowed Chair
    Sr. Vice President of Medicine and Dean
    University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine

    Valerie N. Williams, PhD, MPA
    Vice Provost for Academic Affairs & Faculty Development
    University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

    Neil J. Weissman, MD
    President, MedStar Health Research Institute
    Professor of Medicine, Georgetown University
    MedStar Washington Hospital Center

    Group on Research Advancement and Development (GRAND) Liaisons

    Curt Civin, MD
    Associate Dean for Research
    Director, Center for Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine
    University of Maryland School of Medicine

    Stephen Sugrue, PhD
    Senior Associate Dean for Research Affairs
    University of Florida College of Medicine

    Graduate Research Education and Training Group (GREAT) Liaisons

    John Paul Horn, PhD
    Associate Dean for Graduate Studies
    Professional of Neurobiology
    University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

    Jabbar Bennett, PhD
    Associate Provost for Diversity & Inclusion
    Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine