What is the American Federation for Medical Research?
Established in 1940, the American Federation for Medical Research (AFMR) is an international multi-disciplinary association of scientists engaged in all areas of biomedical and patient-oriented clinical, translational and laboratory research. The organization works to foster the development of future generations of clinical scientists and investigators through its own initiatives, while encouraging public, private, and governmental investment in the development of these individuals. Members of the AFMR are located at government facilities; medical centers; universities and medical schools; research institutions; and private industry in all 50 states and throughout the world. The AFMR also fosters research in the medical sciences, provides leadership in articulating and publicizing the goals of scientific research, disseminates the knowledge that medical research generates and identifies and supports efforts to advance clinical research.
The AFMR's diverse membership positions the organization as one of the few international associations with a broad medical sciences constituency. Members enjoy the ability to tap into a professional network of colleagues whose interests and expertise facilitate the "cross fertilization" of information about current issues in biomedical research.
The AFMR repeatedly demonstrates how clinical and basic research efforts integrate to provide the scientific basis for medical practice. The organization’s translational aspect has broad reaching clinical applications and strengthens the fields of scientific study across multiple medical disciplines.
The AFMR Mission
The mission of the American Federation for Medical Research is to develop and mentor tomorrow’s leaders in medical research.
- Foster excellence in training and successful development of medical investigators
- Disseminate scholarly, multidisciplinary, ethical research on human disease and health care delivery
- Educate public and government leaders about medical research and the importance of its support
AFMR's logo depicts our earth encircled by a DNA strand, representing our commitment to the gamut of discovery from basic, translational and clinical science, to their applications and outcomes for human health.
History of AFMR
The American Federation for Clinical Research (AFCR) was founded in 1940 by Dr. Henry Christian. AFCR offered young researchers the opportunity to present their findings to their peers and to receive the guidance of senior scientists. As time went on, AFCR was drawn into public policy activities. In response to an inquiry from Senator Hubert Humphrey, the AFCR national council offered their advice regarding federal funding of medical research. In 1996, the name of the association was formally changed from the American Federation for Clinical Research (AFCR) to the American Federation for Medical Research (AFMR).
Dr. Henry Christian
To provide advocacy on behalf of medical investigators and researchers, the AFMR is a societal member of The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), which strengthens the AFMR’s public policy efforts. The AFMR works with other related societies to pool resources to get important messages directly to members of Congress. Regular updates on Public Policy and Clinical Research Funding and Congressional proceedings are sent to AFMR members.
The AFMR offers the following four annual, Regional Meetings. You have the opportunity to submit abstracts for consideration, and AFMR members receive reduced registration fees. For more information on the Regional Meeting programs, please visit their pages by clicking on the titles below.
Western Medical Conference
Southern Regional Meeting
New Orleans, Louisiana
Eastern Regional Meeting
Midwestern Regional Meeting
Henry Christian Awards
These awards began in 1990 to honor the founder of AFMR, Dr. Henry Christian. In 2013, the awards will be given to the presenters and first authors of the most outstanding abstracts submitted in each abstract category for the 2013 AFMR Regional Meetings. Presenters at the Western Regional Meeting in Carmel, the Southern Regional Meeting in New Orleans, the Combined Midwestern Meeting in Chicago and the Eastern Regional Meeting in Washington, DC who meet the requisite criteria are eligible. Award winners will be required to present their work via poster at the 2013 AFMR Eastern Regional Annual Meeting on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC and will also be recognized the prior evening, April 16, 2013, at the Annual AFMR Henry Christian and Awards Dinner. Candidates must be physicians who are post-M.D. trainees, including residents, clinical fellows, physicians pursuing graduate degrees, PhDs and other post-doctoral fellows. Awardees will receive a Certificate of Excellence and a $1,250 honorarium.
Junior Physician-Investigator Awards
These awards were created to honor young investigators whose research projects complement an overall program of research, teaching and clinical medicine. To be considered, a candidate must be a physician who has held a full-time medical school faculty appointment for five years or less. Candidates must have submitted an abstract for the 2013 AFMR Regional Meetings. Presenters at the Western Regional Meeting in Carmel, the Southern Regional Meeting in New Orleans, the Combined Midwestern Meeting in Chicago and the Eastern Regional Meeting in Washington, DC who meet the requisite criteria are eligible and will be judged on both the quality of the abstract submitted and their career accomplishments. Award winners will be required to present their work in person via poster at the 2013 AFMR Eastern Regional Annual Meeting on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC and attend the AFMR Annual Henry Christian and Awards Dinner the prior evening, April 16, 2013. Applicants must submit a letter of support from their mentor, division chief, or department chair along with the application. A certificate and $2,500 will be presented to two winners in 2013.
To access an AFMR award application and to obtain further information about the AFMR awards program visit www.AFMR.org. All applications are requested to be submitted electronically. To qualify for consideration of an AFMR award, applicants must be AFMR members in good standing. If an applicant is not currently an AFMR member, they must submit a membership application along with the award application. Membership applications can be completed online at the AFMR website, AFMR.org.
Outstanding Investigator Award
An Outstanding Investigator Award is presented annually to an investigator age 45 or younger in recognition of excellence in biomedical research. The award recipient will be recognized during Translational Science 2013 and will have the opportunity to make a brief presentation at a plenary session. The recipient of this award will receive $5,000 and compensation for travel expenses. In addition to presenting at Translational Science 2013, the recipient will be required to present his/her research at the AFMR Henry Christian Awards and Dinner the evening of April 16, 2013. For additional details and an application please visit, translationalsciencemeeting.org/content/afmr-outstanding-investigator-award-0
AFMR Member Benefits
- A subscription to the Journal of Investigative Medicine (JIM) which is published regularly with peer reviewed articles, AFMR-Experimental Biology symposia proceedings and other articles relevant to AFMR members. AFMR members are exempt from page charges in JIM.
- Reduced fees for submitting case reports to the Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports which is now available online afmr.org/author-instructions.cgi.
- Discounted registration at AFMR national and regional meetings, Translational Science 2013 and the AFMR Grant Writing Skills Workshops.
- Eligibility to participate on AFMR regional councils and committees. As a member, you are also eligible to participate in the activities of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) faseb.org and its committees, including subcommittees of its Science Policy Committee.
- Recognition of young and aspiring trainees with awards and travel grants.
- Eligibility for AFMR Foundation awards.