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I am always pleased, and a bit surprised, when I hear a colleague reminisce of having their first formal oral presentation at a regional AFMR meeting. It is a reminder of how, for more than seventy years, the AFMR has influenced the lives of so many medical researchers. There are several current deans, department chairs, program directors, and researchers whose careers have been shaped by their participation in the AFMR. However, there is a general perception that societies such as the AFMR no longer have relevance to the physician-scientist. I believe this opinion to mostly be a byproduct of the growth of subspecialty societies over the last several years. But the AFMR does several things very well and continues to provide a unique value to physician-scientists. It is one of the few remaining multi-disciplinary organizations representing investigators in all areas of biomedical and patient-oriented research. Scholarship, Advocacy, Career Development, Leadership – these are the core missions of the AFMR. What does this mean for you?
Regional AFMR meetings provide a collegial cross-discipline environment in which to discuss research and connect with colleagues; a journal open to interdisciplinary research and career information; and opportunities for leadership, whether by organizing workshops at national meetings or shaping the priorities of this organization. In addition, the AFMR influences public policy important to your career and has long been a fervent supporter of young physician-scientists.
Two exciting developments over the past year highlight the commitment of the AFMR to promoting the integration of clinical and basic research to improve medical practice. In becoming a member of FASEB (Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology), an organization with more than 100,000 scientists from 23 member societies, we provide a voice for the clinical researcher on several of their committees and in their public policy efforts. In addition, we are pursuing an alliance with the Society for Clinical and Translational Science (SCTS) and Association for Clinical Research Training (ACRT) as a partner in the Clinical and Translational Research and Education Meeting (CTREM) in Washington, DC in April 2011. I believe the CTREM will become the premier meeting for educating and showcasing clinical and translational investigators, and a valuable opportunity and resource for the AFMR constituency. We will keep you updated of new developments.
What can you do? Don’t miss out – get involved! Attend your regional meeting! Tell a young faculty member that the AFMR can help in their career development! Join your regional council and become an officer! Submit a manuscript to the Journal of Investigative Medicine! Visit the website! I hope to see you at the upcoming regional meetings! The Eastern Region of the AFMR showcased its high caliber science and research when it convened at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC April 5-6 for its 2010 Annual Meeting. This year’s program featured excellent abstract presentations across numerous disciplines by authors from many different institutions on the coast and provided great insight from invited lecturers including Charles W. Flexner, MD, of the Institute of Clinical and Translational Research at Johns Hopkins University, who provided the 1st Former AFMR/AFCR President’s Address, and Karen Goraleski of Research!America who gave a fascinating interactive workshop on medical research advocacy (please visit www.researchamerica.org). Along with abstract presentations covering current aspects and innovative approaches to medical research, the 2010 program addressed timely and important topics such as dealing with conflict and negotiation in the current economic climate – a presentation given by Randal S. Weber, MD of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and career building through publication, which was the focus of Dr. Allison Reiss of Winthrop University Hospital in New York. In 2010, the Eastern Region also honored seven top scholars during a ceremony over dinner on April 5th.
The leadership of the Eastern Region is hard at work planning an exciting 2011 Meeting program to be held on April 26-27, 2011 in Washington, DC. Abstract submissions are being accepted until November 30, 2010, 11:59 PM EST on the AFMR website (http://afmr.org). Please check the Eastern Region website and Facebook page for regular programming updates.
Robert J. Freishtat, MD, MPH
FASEB provided comments to the Department of Health and Human Services on proposed changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule.
The AFMR identified priorities for future investment in biomedical research that were forwarded to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy by FASEB.
AFMR Recommendations for Federal Investment in Biomedical Research
Submitted to the White House
FASEB comments on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) regarding “Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Enforcement Rules Under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act”
Congress has recessed without passing the FY2011 funding bills for NIH and other agencies. The Continuing Resolution is based on FY2010 levels and does not include the $1 billion NIH increase that President Obama proposed. When lawmakers return in November, FASEB will mobilize the community to press Congress to pass legislation that includes the higher NIH and NSF funding levels. The Journal of Investigative Medicine publishes work of broad interest to academic physicians and research scientists in areas pertaining to clinical and biomedical research.
Recent JIM Manuscripts
Volume 58, number 7 contained a collection of manuscripts detailing the work presented in the AFMR-sponsored Symposium “Regenerative Medicine in the 21st Century” at the Experimental Biology meeting in Anaheim, California (April 2010). This collection of manuscripts reviews exciting work of four different research groups engaged at the forefront of experiments designed to realize the possibility of replacing or regenerating organs for the treatment of human disease.
Manuscripts to appear in upcoming JIM issues:
Volume 58, number 8
“The Method of LDL Cholesterol Measurement influences Classification of LDL Cholesterol to Treatment Goals”, Mayank Agrawal, M.D., Horace J Spencer, M.S., Fred H Faas, M.D., University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
“Effective Antihypertensive Strategies for High Risk Patients with Diabetic Nephropathy”, Peter Noel Van Buren, M.D., Beverley Adams-Huet, M.S., Robert Toto, M.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.
Volume 59, number 1
“Evidence That Androgens Modulate Human Thymic T Cell Output”, William Kovacs, MD, Nancy J Olsen, M.D., Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
“Age, Sex, and Ethnicity May Modify the Influence of Obesity on Inflammation”, Kelly R. Laurson Ph.D., Dustin A. McCann D.O., and David S. Senchina Ph.D., Illinois State University.
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