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President's Message

Attaya Suvannasankha, MD, AFMR President

The American Federation for Medical Research (AFMR) is one of the longest running and largest organizations for multidisciplinary medical research in the nation. Its vital mission is to "develop and mentor tomorrow's leaders in medical research." This purpose has seemed more relevant than ever during the time of coronavirus with researchers across different disciplines coming together to develop therapeutics and vaccines for the novel virus.

AFMR's goal is to foster excellence in training and the successful development of medical investigators.

We are especially proud of our four regional meetings, which provide education and mentoring and networking opportunities to junior faculty, trainees, and students, as well as national meetings in collaboration with other organizations. This year, AFMR has been able to continue these educational opportunities, despite the pandemic, by producing virtual meetings that have been extremely well attended. In addition, the organization launched a Virtual Education Portal last year that includes the Virtual Education Series webinars on relevant subjects, podcasts, and will include videos from the regional meetings. Each year, AFMR presents national awards, highlighting the work of our members.

AFMR also encourages junior faculty to take on leadership roles by either serving on a regional council or AFMR committee. This provides them with the opportunity to develop leadership skills, help plan meetings and symposia, and interact with colleagues around the nation.

I am honored to serve as 2021-2022 AFMR president, an organization was previously led by Dr. Anthony Fauci (AFMR president 1980-1981) and whose prior members have included five Nobel laureates. The organization has a rich history, which I hope we will continue to build on this year. This includes involvement in public health advocacy.

I invite you to learn more about membership benefits, which include discounted meeting registration, as well as subscriptions to our two journals: The Journal of Investigative Medicine (JIM) and JIM-High Impact Case Reports, both PubMed and Medline indexed.

We hope you will join AFMR and get involved by serving on a committee.

We are looking forward to a successful year and to meeting new researchers and colleagues!

Attaya Suvannasankha, MD, AFMR President
Attaya Suvannasankha, MD
AFMR President

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