Volume III, Issue 5: Thanksgiving 2022
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Attaya Suvannasankha, MD, AFMR President
Attaya Suvannasankha, MD
AFMR President
To our AFMR Members,

I hope that each of you has had a warm and enjoyable Fall– it’s hard to believe we’re about to embark on the holiday season! This time of year is always one when we reflect and look back, and then also look ahead with anticipation of what we can expect in the future. It’s my privilege as your AFMR President to share with you some of the exciting things we have planned for our members in the coming months and leading into 2023.

The AFMR National Council is very pleased to share with you that we are bringing back our AFMR National Meeting, where active and senior members can come together and meet young researchers across all specialties, and establish mentor-mentee relationships which have always been a hallmark of our society. In order to have time to make this a successful venture, we will be having this meeting in late October 2023, with a program that features high-level speakers, multiple presentation opportunities for abstract and poster submitters, and planned career development talks. With that also comes the renewal of our AFMR National Awards, which will be presented at a formal ceremony during our National Meeting next Fall.

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Renew Now to Retain Your AFMR Benefits Through July 31, 2023

In order to more accurately allow membership renewal in line with our national and regional meetings, the AFMR is shifting its membership cycle. The National Council is encouraging AFMR members to renew. All Members in Good Standing at the end of 2022 will receive membership through July 31, 2023.

Renew today. Don't miss out on these great AFMR member benefits!

Membership Benefits Include:

For a full list of membership benefits, visit here.

Western Medical Research Conference Highlights; View Preliminary Program

The Western Medical Research Conference is scheduled for January 19-21, 2023 at the Sunset Center in Carmel, CA.

Partner societies include the Western Association of Physicians (WAP), Western Society of Clinical Investigation (WSCI), Western Society for Pediatric Research (WSPR), and the Western Students & Residents Medical Research Forum (WSMRF).

The preliminary program can be found online.

Registration is now open. The fee discount ends if register before January 6, 2023. CME is also available. Register today!

Southeastern Regional Meeting: Abstract Submissions Close December 1st

The Eastern and Southern sections of the AFMR are combining forces for a joint Southeastern Regional Meeting this spring at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. Join us on April 20th for a full program of panels, lectures and abstract presentations.

The deadline to submit an abstract to the Southeastern Regional Meeting is Thursday, December 1st, 11:59 pm ET. Learn more and submit.

AFMR members whose abstracts are chosen for presentation are eligible for the Henry Christian Award. Check to make sure your membership is current. Research travel award opportunities are also available.

Midwest Clinical and Translational Research Meeting: Save the Date; Abstract Submissions Now Open

Midwest Clinical and Translational Research Meeting

The leadership of the Central Society for Clinical and Translational Research (CSCTR) and the Midwestern Section of the American Federation for Medical Research (MWAFMR) invite you to participate in the Midwest Clinical & Translational Research Meeting, which has a rich annual tradition of providing a forum for young investigators, fellows, and associate/assistant professors to present their research to leaders in their fields. This is one of the few multi-specialty meetings with a broad focus where the attendees can learn about research techniques used in other medical specialties and apply those techniques to their own research.

There are two deadlines to submit an abstract to the Midwest Clinical and Translational Research Meeting: Tuesday, January 6th, 11:59 pm CT (Early Submission Deadline) or Tuesday, February 6th, 11:59 pm CT (Regular Submission Deadline). Learn more and submit.

AFMR members whose abstracts are chosen for presentation are eligible for the Henry Christian Award. Check to make sure your membership is current. Research travel award opportunities are also available.

AFMR Announces Resumption Of Its National Meeting Fall 2023

It has been several years since the AFMR has had a National Meeting, where our members from around the country and North America can convene in a single place, and share research, information on the latest treatments and therapies, and engage in mentorship and networking. We will be bringing our Annual Meeting back in late fall 2023 – and will offer the following:

The AFMR knows that today, medical education remains essential for our members, but the old paradigms of expensive hotels and cities are no longer supported by institutions or departments. The AFMR is working to ensure that our members continue to receive the highest level of education, as well the opportunity to receive prestigious and valuable awards

AFMR To Resume National Awards Program In Conjunction With 2023 AFMR National Meeting

We are delighted to announce that with the AFMR resuming a National Annual Meeting next fall, we are revitalizing our National Awards, which are available to AFMR Members in Good Standing. The Awards which we expect to offer in 2023 include:

AFMR Outstanding Investigator Award - $5,000
AFMR Junior Investigator Award - $2,500
AFMR Henry Christian Awards – $1,000 each

All awards will come with complimentary registration to the AFMR National Meeting. Details will be available in forthcoming communications.

AFMR Welcomes Michael Franklin, New JIM Managing Editor!

Michael Franklin, MS, has joined the Journal of Investigative Medicine (JIM) as managing editor. He is excited to collaborate with the editor-in-chief Dr. Richard McCallum and the JIM editorial team to continue to provide high-quality content to readers of the journal.

Michael is a medical editor in the Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Transplantation (HOT) at the University of Minnesota Medical School. As a medical editor, Michael reviews and edits original research reports, grant proposals, and review articles for HOT clinicians and scientists. He has contributed to the success of many federal, non-profit, and intramural grant applications for both senior and junior faculty. He also writes a monthly newsletter for the HOT Division and teaches annual seminars on scientific writing, journal club, and other topics for faculty and post-graduate trainees.

Michael is also the former managing editor of Translational Research, a monthly, peer-reviewed medical journal. In this role, he managed the day-to-day operations of the journal, including the peer-review process, article commissioning, author queries, and editorial staff recruitment. Michael collaborated with the editor-in-chief and the editorial team to grow the journal’s submissions from 300/year to 1500/year, improve the rigor of the review process, and increase the Impact Factor from ~2 to ~10. This was largely done by selectively publishing original research articles and recruiting invited review articles.

Michael is eager to collaborate with the JIM editorial team to enhance the journal. His primary responsibilities will be to assist the editorial team in managing the day-to-day operations of the peer review process, commissioning review articles, coordinating with AFMR and SAGE, and leading innovative initiatives to improve the journal

AFMR Publication Highlights

Journal of Investigative Medicine (JIM)
JIM is now an online only journal.

Faculty Development & Education
An extraordinary story of discovery: an interview with Doctor Max D Cooper
Editor's Choice
Octavian C. Ioachimescu, Max D. Cooper

Recent findings on hyperprolactinemia and its pathological implications: a literature review
Key Article
Zohreh al-sadat Ghoreshi, Hamed Akbari, Mohsen Sharif-zak, Nasir Arefinia, Mojtaba Abbasi-Jorjandi, Gholamreza Asadikaram

Original Research
MHR and NHR but not LHR were associated with coronary artery disease in patients with chest pain with controlled LDL-C
Key Article
Mengping Liu, Xiaojun Liu, Zhen Wei, Rui Hua, Yuzhi Huang, Xiang Hao, Zuyi Yuan, Juan Zhou

Original Research
Comparing the effects of twice-daily exenatide and insulin on renal function in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus: secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial
Key Article
Jie Zhang, Tong-Zhang Xian, Ming-Xiao Wu, Chen Li, Weihao Wang, Fuli Man, Xianbo Zhang, Xiaoxia Wang, Qi Pan, Lixin Guo

Original Research
Construction and validation of an autophagy-related long non-coding RNA signature to predict the prognosis of kidney renal papillary cell carcinoma
Key Article
Zhen Kang, Junfeng Yang

Original Research
Patterns and seasonality in pediatric referrals for functional somatic symptoms
Key Article
Pepijn den Braber, Joris van Driel, Dorien Broekhuijsen, Bert Wienen, Jolita Bekhof

Journal of Investigative Medicine – High Impact Case Reports (JIM-HICR)

View JIM-HICR’s topic collections

Advocacy Corner | Updates from FASEB & Research!America

The AFMR is a member organization of FASEB and AFMR members are eligible for FASEB awards and AFMR & FASEB committees and leadership positions.

FASEB and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are championing a bold vision of data sharing and reuse. The DataWorks! Prize fuels this vision with an annual challenge that showcases the benefits of research data management while recognizing and rewarding teams whose research demonstrates the power of data sharing or reuse practices to advance scientific discovery and human health. Learn More

This image is a Snapshot of the 2022 DataWorks! Prize.

FASEB is soliciting nominations for its Excellence in Science Awards, which honor outstanding women scientists who demonstrate commitment to the professional development of others, their scientific society, and the broader community.

The Excellence in Science program offers three awards to recognize achievements by women scientists at different career stages:

• Lifetime Achievement (established investigators)
• Mid-Career Investigator (within 7–15 years of first independent scientist position)
• Early-Career Investigator (within 7 years of first independent scientist position

Nominations for the 2023 award cycle open on October 10, 2022. Women who are current members of a FASEB full member society are eligible to be nominated. Nominators must also be a current member of a FASEB full member society. The award is presented with a cash prize and funds to present a lecture at a meeting of a FASEB member society of their choice.

Research!America's Advocacy Awards are March 15th; Meet the Honorees!

Research!America is holding its annual Advocacy Awards in Washington, D.C. on March 15, 2023 (time and venue to be announced). The honors were created in 1996 to celebrate individuals and organizations whose leadership have advanced national commitment to medical, health, and scientific research.

View honorees.

New! Comings & Goings for the AFMR Community

AFMR Members can submit their accomplishments, promotions, moves, etc. through the “Members Only” section of the AFMR website to be shared with the AFMR Community. Updates will be included in future newsletters and on Social Media.

Submit your accomplishments, promotions or moves at: https://afmr.org/members.

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Join the AFMR Social Media Team

AFMR is taking its social media footprint to the next level

AFMR is taking its social media footprint to the next level.

We need social media savvy members to help us promote AFMR national and regional news and events, our journals, and member news.

Become a member of the new AFMR Social Media Committee, chaired by Ricardo Correa, MD, AFMR Western Section Chair. We’re looking for representation from all AFMR regions.

As a social media committee member, you’ll help plan the AFMR social media approach and be part of the posting team for one of the AFMR platforms (Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook). And your participation in a national-level AFMR committee will be a good addition to your resume!

Send us an email if you're interested.