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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! Greeting from the South! The Southern Regional Meeting of the AFMR is just around the corner, being held on February 17-19th, 2011 in New Orleans. The Hotel InterContinental makes for a perfect central location to host this meeting. We will again be holding the meeting in conjunction with several other. Regional societies and providing numerous travel awards to students, trainees, and junior faculty who submitted research abstracts to the meeting. For the 2010 meeting, we provided Awards to support travel and accommodations for 93 students, trainees and junior faculty who presented their research at the meeting. It is a great experience for all involved and a unique opportunity for young investigators to present their research to leaders in their fields. We are working hard on fundraising so that we can offer even more Travel and Scholars Awards for the 2011 Southern Regional Meeting.
Highlights of the 2011 Southern Regional Meeting in February include, but are not limited to: Oral abstract sessions, mentored poster presentations, the Clinical Case Symposium, and Joint Plenary Session. The Workshops are always well-received and this year include workshops on Manuscript Preparation, Quality Improvement Initiatives, and Career Development. The Career Development Workshop will be led by distinguished leaders and mentors David Wood, MD, MPH and Jesse Roman, MD. Topics covered during the Workshop will include how to find / choose a mentor, how to make the most out of the mentor-mentee relationship, choosing a training program, writing an academic development plan tailored to your career goals, and the interview and contract negotiation process. In addition, the development of basic and clinical research projects and funding opportunities will be discussed.
The Southern Region has a large and growing membership, which increased by 10% just last year to now 615 members from 47 institutions representing our Region. There are many leadership opportunities available and serving on our Regional Council is a rewarding experience. We are seeking region-wide nominations for three Southern Region AFMR leadership positions which will be open in February 2011 when Monnie Wasse, MD, MPH moves from Chair-Elect to Chair, and Alice Chang, MD and Shanthi Srinivasan, MD rotate off as Councilors. The Chair-Elect assists the Chair and serves on the AFMR National Council and on the Program Committee for the annual meeting. Councilors play a key role in recruitment and retention of members and institutional representatives. Let us know if you are interested! We will be releasing an official call for nominations in December.
Hope to see you at the Southern Regional Meeting in New Orleans!
Diane L Kamen, MD
Chair, SAFMR 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.
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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