Volume I, Issue 1: February 2020
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Leticia M. Ryan, MD, MPH, AFMR President
Leticia M. Ryan, MD, MPH
AFMR President

The American Federation for Medical Research (AFMR) is a multi-disciplinary organization with a rich history and an important mission, to "develop and mentor tomorrow's leaders in medical research". It is our goal to foster excellence in training and the successful development of medical investigators. The multi-disciplinary nature of the AFMR provides a unique forum and allows our members and junior faculty to tap into the professional network of colleagues in other academic medical centers. We also have a well-established platform to promote education as well as mentoring opportunities for medical students, trainees, and junior faculty through our regional meetings and collaborations with other key professional organizations. The AFMR also supports junior faculty to take on leadership roles, both regionally and nationally. Through these roles, members will have the opportunity to learn leadership skills, lead the planning of meetings and symposia, as well as interact with colleagues or leaders throughout the nation. More


Richard W. McCallum, MD, Editor-in-Chief
Richard W. McCallum, MD

AFMR is pleased to welcome Dr. Richard W. McCallum as the new Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Investigative Medicine (JIM). An academician in the fields of gastroenterology and internal medicine, Dr. McCallum served as the Chair of Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso and is currently Director of the Center of Neurogastroenterology and GI Motility, as well as gastroenterology research, at its Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.

"Dr. McCallum will build on the legacy of Editor Emeritus Dr. Michael J. McPhaul," said Dr. Leticia Manning Ryan, AFMR president. "We welcome his vision for JIM as it enters a period of innovation and change." More

AFMR Appreciation: JIM Editor Emeritus Michael McPhaul, MD

Michael McPhaul, MD, Editor
Michael McPhaul, MD

AFMR salutes Dr. Michael McPhaul, who recently concluded 15 years as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Investigative Medicine (JIM). He also created the innovative Journal of Investigative Medicine-High Impact Case Reports (JIM-HICR) in 2013 and has served as its Editor-in-Chief since its inception.

"Dr McPhaul's dedication to AFMR through his leadership in our publications is greatly appreciated," said Dr. Leticia Manning Ryan, AFMR president. "During his tenure, he spearheaded the journal's conversion to an online manuscript submission system, transition from print to a primarily online format, and introduction of open access as a publication option for authors, further expanding this outstanding platform for our members to disseminate their research work."

Dr. McPhaul is Medical Director for Endocrinology and Metabolism for Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute. He continues to serve as Editor-in-Chief of JIM-HICR and is Editor Emeritus of JIM.


Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) AFMR is pleased to announce that it has rejoined the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). The move was approved by the AFMR National Council at its November 2019 meeting.

FASEB has 28 member societies - with the common vision of advancing research and education in biological and biomedical sciences. Their members include more than 130,000 international researchers.

The National Council considers the collaboration to be an asset for members, providing them with service and volunteer opportunities. The move also supports a major element of AFMR's mission — advocacy.

Learn more about FASEB's publications and resources, and science policy, advocacy, and other activities.

AFMR Publications Highlights

Journal of Investigative Medicine (JIM)

Journal of Investigative Medicine (JIM)

Lymphoma Classification: Morphology to Molecular
Robert T. Means, Jr.; 10:1136/jim-2019-001266

Editor's Choice
Aggressive B-cell Lymphoma: Chasing the Target
Jan Walewski; 10:1136/jim-2019-001169

Original Research
MiR-3150b-3b Inhibits the Progression of Colorectal Cancer Cells via Targeting GOLPH3
Weiqing Zhang, Xiaoyan Chen, Junzhi Jia; 10:1136/jim-2019-001124

Original Research
Association of intestinal permeability with admission vitamin D deficiency in patients who are critically ill
Ghazaleh Eslamian, Seyed Hossein Ardehali, Melika Hajimohammadebrahim-Ketabforoush, Zahra Vahdat Shariatpanahi; 10:1136/jim-2019-001132

New! JIM Podcast
Personal Perspectives on the Microbiome Field

JIM — High Impact Case Reports

JIM — High Impact Case Reports

An Unusual Presentation from a Sporadic Partially Acid-Fast Aerobic Actinomycete Resistant to Common Antibiotics
Nocardia causes rare opportunistic infections, that can be challenging to diagnose because of atypical features on conventional microbiological identification techniques. Immunosuppressed patients are more susceptible to infections from Nocardia and are associated with multi-organ involvement. We report a case of a 63-year-old male who developed peritonitis from Nocardia farcinica that rarely causes infections in humans.

A Rare Case of Bleeding Epiphrenic Esophageal Diverticulum from Arteriovenous Malformations
Epiphrenic esophageal diverticula (EED) is a rare condition that usually presents with dysphagia in patients with a known motility disorder. In this article, we present a unique case of EED presenting with hemoptysis with clinical workup negative for any pulmonary pathology. Esophagogastroduodenoscopy revealed arteriovenous malformations within the EED successfully managed with argon plasma coagulation (APC), leading to a resolution of the patient’s symptoms.


The 2020 Western Medical Research Conference was a great success. There were some 700 attendees, 300 of whom were trainees. The conference was co-sponsored by the California Thoracic Society, Western Association of Physicians, Western Society for Pediatric Research, and Western Student and Residential Research Forum. Over three days, 483 oral research presentations were made, running concurrently with educational sessions. More

Upcoming Meetings

April 2020
Midwest Clinical & Translational Research Meeting (MWAFMR)
Midwest Clinical & Translational Research Meeting (MWAFMR)
April 2-3, 2020
ADA Conference and Meeting Center
Chicago, Illinois
Experimental Biology (EB)
Experimental Biology (EB)
April 4-7, 2020
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, California
Translational Science (TS)
Translational Science (TS)
April 14-17, 2020
Marriott Wardman Park
Washington, DC
Eastern Regional Meeting (ERM)
Eastern Regional Meeting (ERM)
April 17, 2020
Marriott Wardman Park
Washington DC