As I mentioned previously, the Future of the Biomedical Research Workforce Working Group has been formed to advise the NIH Director on how to support a sustainable biomedical infrastructure. I’ve also shared some of the data we prepared for them with you in previous posts. The working group met for the first time last month, and we are excited to get started. We’ve posted the charge to the working group and the roster of its members on the Web.
A significant amount of our work will be focused on developing a model for a sustainable and diverse U.S. biomedical research workforce. To do this we have constituted a modeling subcommittee that will work specifically on the parameters of the model. The roster of the subcommittee is also posted on the Web.
Just to give you a taste of some of the previous work done in this area that our committee will be considering, take a look at the National Academies of Sciences study on “Research Training in the Biomedical, Behavioral and Clinical Sciences.”
I will keep you updated on the activities of the working group and look forward to getting your input as we progress.