The Advisory Committee to the Director meeting will be held today and tomorrow, and there are many exciting topics that will be presented and discussed, such as neuroscience research and the BRAIN initiative, improvement of preclinical research reporting and design, the Big Data to Knowledge programs, and I will provide an update on our implementation of the Biomedical Research Workforce Initiative.
Among the ACD Working Group updates is a presentation on the Physician-Scientist Workforce Working Group which, as you may remember, was launched at the last ACD meeting as a result of recommendations in the Biomedical Research Workforce report. The working group is focused on identifying the optimal research training for individuals in clinical disciplines. Many of the same challenges faced by the biomedical workforce working group are also an issue for understanding clinician-scientist training, namely a need to understand the composition and size of this group of researchers. This new working group is charged with several activities including developing a better understanding of this population of researchers, analyzing the influences on clinicians’ decisions to begin a research career, and identifying the incentives and barriers to clinician participation in scientific research activities. Ultimately this work will inform NIH on how we can better support a sustainable and diverse clinical research infrastructure.
I’m looking forward to hearing how they are going to embark on these activities – as well as all of the discussion over the next two days. Tune in to the videocast and join us on Thursday and Friday if you’re interested!