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Assistant VP of Meetings and Programs – Cherry Wongtrakool, MD
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The 2016 Combined Annual Meeting of the Central Society for Clinical and Translational Research (CSCTR) and the Midwestern Section of the American Federation for Medical Research (MWAFMR), in Chicago, IL was a huge success! This is one of the few multispecialty meetings with a broad focus where the attendees learned research techniques used in other medical specialties and now can apply these techniques to their own research. The Combined Annual Meeting 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.
The 2016 Eastern Regional Meeting of the American Federation for Medical Research took place Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, DC and was a great success!
• Breakfast Workshop: “Relating Mechanisms of Immune Development and Immunological Tolerance to Immune Checkpoint Inhibition in Cancer Treatments”
Chairperson: Iuliana Shapira, MD, SUNY Downstate, Brooklyn NY
Speakers: Susan Gottesman, MD, PhD, SUNY Downstate, Brooklyn NY
Christopher Roman, PhD, SUNY Downstate, Brooklyn NY
Clinical Expert: Janice Dutcher, MD, Cancer Research Foundation, Bronx NY
• 7th Annual Former AFMR President’s Address: “Crossing the Great Divide in Biomedical Research without a Horse”
Robert J. Freishtat, MD, MPH, Children's National Medical Center, Washington DC
• Research!America Advocacy Workshop: "Your Role in Shaping Science Policy through Advocacy"
Anna Briseno, Senior Communications Specialist, Research!America
• Career Development Workshop: “Building a Faculty Development Program from Scratch”
Joseph P. Merlino, MD, MPA, FACPsych, Vice President for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, SUNY Downstate, Brooklyn NY.
|Translational Science 2016: AFMR Sponsored Sessions
Transition to Independence: Evidence-Based Milestones and Benchmarks Myth Busting
Becoming an independent researcher is a crucial yet poorly understood step for an academic translational scientist. This session aimed to highlight the critical and timely milestones academic researchers should achieve to maximize their chances of becoming independent. Expert senior leaders used real-world data and experience to define the optimal timing, pace, and content of success in the early investigator’s career.
Chairs: Katherine Hartmann, MD, PhD, Vanderbilt University and Michael Schivo, MD, University of California, Davis
Speakers: Katherine Hartmann, MD, PhD, Associate Dean, Clinical and Translational Scientist Development, Director, Graduate Studies in Epidemiology, Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Medicine, Vanderbilt University
Frederick J. Meyers, MD, MACP, Vice Dean, School of Medicine; Professor of Medicine, University of California
Serendipity in Science
This session showcased the pathways and discoveries of accomplished scientists from diverse backgrounds, including the pitfalls and strokes of luck that are keys to all great scientific careers. Serendipity strived to convey how great thinkers learn from their experiences and translate their science to the greater world. The ultimate goal of this session was to inspire beginning and established scientists alike with the speakers' wisdom gained from their careers.
Chairs: Michael Schivo, MD, MAS of the University of California, Davis and MingMing Ning, MD, MmSc of Harvard Medical School
Speakers:Jeremiah Faith, PhD, Assistant Professor of Genetics and Genomic Sciences, Medicine, and Clinical Immunology at Mount Sinai Hospital
Claire Gmachl, PhD, MSc, Director of MIRTHE, Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University
Steve Small, PhD, MD, Stanley van den Noorf Professor and Chair, Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior, Professor of Cognitive Sciences, Director, Brain Imaging Center at University of California, Irving
Innovations in Academic-Industrial Collaborations: Reaching for Pioneering Funding Mechanisms
As research funding becomes increasingly competitive, investigators are seeking newer funding mechanisms. This paradigm is coupled with the need for specialized medical products (e.g., drugs, devices, etc.) to transition out of academia and into the marketplace to enhance personalized and customized medicine. In this session, expert translational scientists with track records of successful academic-industry collaborations were able to discuss the keys to optimizing this vital bridge.
Chair: Michael Schivo, MD, MAS of the University of California, Davis
Speakers: Raed Dwelk, MD, Director, Pulmonary Vascular Program, Respiratory Institute, Professor of Medicine and Pathobiology, Respiratory Institute and Learner Research Institute, the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University
Gary W. Hunter, PhD, Senior Electronics Engineer, Sensors and Electronics Branch, NASA Glenn Research Center
|2017 Advocacy Awards Call for Nominations, Deadline May 20, 2016
Do you know an advocate who is ...
... impacting public opinion?
... building and pioneering an area of medical research?
... part of an organization whose advocacy is noteworthy?
Research! America has awards for each of them! All nominations for the 2017 Advocacy Awards are due no later than May 20, 2016. The five awards will be presented on March 15, 2017, at Research!America’s Advocacy Awards Dinner in Washington, DC. The annual Research!America Advocacy Awards Program was established in 1996 by the Board of Directors to honor outstanding advocates for medical, health and scientific research. Recognized individuals and organizations are those whose leadership efforts have been notably effective in advancing our nation’s commitment to research.
Visit our website to view the prestigious list of past award recipients and recap of the 2016 Advocacy Awards Dinner. Learn more about the five different categories for awards or submit your nominations.
The Office of Sponsored Programs, Diversity, and Grants Management within the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) is hosting a two-day conference to expose postdocs and advanced graduate students to the variety of careers open to researchers with biological and biomedical science PhDs. The 2016 Postdoctoral Preparation Institute: Career Transitions (PPI) will be held June 2-3 in Bethesda, MD.
Invited speakers will cover topics aimed at assisting young researchers as they transition from one career stage to the next, whether that be from student to postdoc, postdoc to independent investigator, or working in the lab to a non-bench position.
Registrants will also have access to resume and CV critiques, and there will be multiple networking opportunities with speakers.
Registration for the 2016 PPI closes May 6 at 5:00 pm. Travel awards of up to $1,500 are available to those who meet the eligibility criteria. This conference is supported by a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (T36-GM008637-20).
United States Senate Committee on Appropriations
House and Senate Committees Approve 2017 Spending Bills; Increases Proposed for Agriculture and Veterans Research, Department of Energy Office of Science, and National Science Foundation
Members of Congress returned to Washington following their spring break and immediately turned their attention to the fiscal year (FY) 2017 spending bills. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) and his Senate counterpart Thad Cochran (R-MS) are pursuing an aggressive schedule in order to complete preliminary consideration of all 12 bills by the time lawmakers leave for their summer recess in mid-July.
On April 14, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved their 302(b) allocations, which set the overall spending levels for the subcommittees. The allocations adhere to the $1.07 trillion overall spending level that was set in the Bipartisan Budget Act approved by Congress last fall. In good news, the subcommittees that fund the National Science Foundation (NSF), veterans’ research, and the Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE SC) received small increases over their FY 2016 levels. However, the subcommittees that determine the budgets for the National Institutes of Health and agricultural research will be working with fewer dollars than they had in 2016.
Save-the-Date: Join us at the Western Regional Medical Conference (formerly known as the Western Regional Meeting), January 26-28, 2017 in Carmel California.
Save-the-Date: Join us at the Southern Regional Meeting, February 16-18, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
|Experimental Biology 2017
AFMR sponsored two successful symposia at Experimental Biology 2016. Next year, Experimental Biology will be held from April 22-26, 2017 in Chicago. Over 14,000 physicians, scientists, and healthcare professionals are expected to attend this very prestigious multidisciplinary scientific meeting. We look forward to seeing you there!
Benefits of membership include:
AFMR programs offer members many opportunities to network with other clinician-scientists within their chosen field. Join today and become a part of the organization devoted to the best interests of you- the modern day medical researcher.
- Subscription to the Journal of Investigative Medicine (JIM)
- Discounted fees to publish in the Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
- Eligibility to apply for AFMR Foundation awards
- Ability to participate on AFMR councils, committees, and FASEB activities
- Discounted registration rates at AFMR national and regional meetings
As you review your annual giving for the upcoming year, I would like to ask you to consider a gift to the American Federation for Medical Research. Your contribution will be used to support AFMR-sponsored activities and we need your support.
With your generous donation, we can continue to offer innovative programs to help our members advance their careers at government facilities; medical centers; universities and medical schools; research institutions; and private industry in all 50 states and throughout the world. The AFMR provides young and aspiring trainees with scholarships and travel grants to attend regional meetings offering them the opportunity to present their findings to their peers and receive the guidance of senior scientists. The AFMR also recognizes trainees with national awards, such as the Henry Christian awards, named after the founder of the organization, Dr. Henry Christian. The AFMR strives to foster the development of future generations of clinical scientists and investigators through its initiatives, while encouraging public, private, and governmental investment in the development of these individuals.
Contributions are tax-deductible. Whether you choose to contribute $50, $100, $250, or another amount, I urge you to participate. I also welcome your suggestions or ideas about other potential sponsors for our programs. Most importantly, we thank you if you made a donation in 2016.
Please click here if you would like to make an online donation in 2016.
Leticia M. Ryan, MD, MPH
The New England Journal of Medicine
In 1947, a study of yellow fever yielded the first isolation of a new virus, from the blood of a sentinel rhesus macaque that had been placed in the Zika Forest of Uganda. Zika virus remained in relative obscurity for nearly 70 years; then, within the span of just one year, Zika virus was introduced into Brazil from the Pacific Islands and spread rapidly throughout the Americas.
A new study reports that the incidence of dementia in one population has declined by over 40 percent between the 1970s and 2010s. The finding could have implications for the future prevalence of dementia, and illustrates the importance of environmental factors in the risk of dementia disorders.
The New England Journal of Medicine
Among patients with chronic heart failure, angiotensin-converting–enzyme (ACE) inhibitors reduce mortality and hospitalization, but the role of a renin inhibitor in such patients is unknown. We compared the ACE inhibitor enalapril with the renin inhibitor aliskiren (to test superiority or at least noninferiority) and with the combination of the two treatments (to test superiority) in patients with heart failure and a reduced ejection fraction.
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