American Federation for
Medical Research
NEWS
EASTERN REGION Edition

UPCOMING MEETINGS
Eastern Regional 2011
April 26-27, 2011
Washington, DC

Western Regional 2011
January 26-29, 2011
Carmel, California

Southern Regional 2011
February 17-19, 2011
New Orleans, Louisiana

Midwestern Regional 2011
April 14-15, 2011
Chicago, Illinois

Attending Experimental
Biology 2011?

Plan to attend the AFMR
Translational Research
Symposia!

April 9-13, 2011
Washington, DC

2012 Call for Proposals

News from the Other AFMR Sections:


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From the AFMR President
Dr. Francis J. Miller, President, AFMRI 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?


News from the Eastern Region
Robert J. Freishtat 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.
Chair
   Robert J. Freishtat, MD, MPH
Secretary-Treasurer
   Leticia M. Ryan, MD
Chair-Elect
   Ravikumar Balasubramanian, MD PhD
Councilors
   MingMing Ning, MD
   Allison B. Reiss, MD
   Peter H. Wiernik, MD
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



Public Policy
Update
The AFMR has taken recent steps toward advancing its public policy agenda by partnering with FASEB and with Research!America. Here are a few:

   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.

   Congress has recessed without passing the FY2011 funding bills for NIH and other
Journal of Investigative Medicine
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


Ten reasons to visit the AFMR website
(www.afmr.org)
  1. Submit an abstract to your AFMR Regional Meeting.
  2. Learn about and influence important public policy issues.
  3. Apply for a Research Day Award to be presented at your institution’s college or departmental research day.
  4. Obtain information regarding career development, research and training opportunities, funding sources, and grant development at AFMR Career Connections.
  5. Submit a proposal for a symposium at the 2012 Experimental Biology meeting.