AAMC News and Leadership Announcements, 2012 October 22

The current issue of AAMC News and Leadership Announcements includes the following stories that may be of particular interest at City of Hope:

Representatives from five UC campuses and the UC Office of the President (UCOP) met recently for an annual retreat on the University of California Biomedical Research Acceleration, Integration, and Development (UC BRAID) program, intended to improve biomedical research collaboration within the University of California system. According to a press release on the effort, “Since 2010, the UC BRAID consortium has been working to bring together UC’s five health campuses – Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco – with the goal of reducing barriers to biomedical research by pooling data, resources and expertise.” Some early successes of the collaboration initiative are highlighted.

http://tinyurl.com/936rd3o <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18249019:20776453991:m:1:1612442508:182ED77CDBF68FF38CF983B923396021:r>

 

A new report on responsible science has been issued by the InterAcademy Council and the IAP – the global network of science academies. The report is the first product of the IAC and IAP’s project on scientific integrity, “initiated in response to several major trends reshaping the research enterprise, including the increasingly global and interdisciplinary nature of science, its heightened role in policy debates, and the continued emergence of high-profile cases of irresponsible research behavior in many countries.” The report “identifies fundamental values and principles that researchers should incorporate into every part of the process, from developing a research plan to reporting results and communicating with policymakers and the public.”

http://www.interacademies.net/News/PressReleases/19784.aspx <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18249021:20776453991:m:1:1612442508:182ED77CDBF68FF38CF983B923396021:r>

Dr. Sally Rockey, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, posted data on the NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) on her blog. The 2012 application cycle has just been completed. Out of 3,100 applicants, 50% received awards.

http://tinyurl.com/9kuffl7 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18249024:20776453991:m:1:1612442508:182ED77CDBF68FF38CF983B923396021:r>

 

An article in the new issue of The Lancet reported, “Amid a gloomy federal funding forecast for biomedical and clinical research in the USA, some investigators have found innovative ways to keep projects going…” The article also highlights institutional collaborations that are maximizing resources.

http://tinyurl.com/9c3speq <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18249025:20776453991:m:1:1612442508:182ED77CDBF68FF38CF983B923396021:r>

NIH on Thursday issued a notice providing a policy clarification statement with regard to the disclosure of travel information as required under the final rule regarding financial conflicts of interest in federally funded research. NIH has confirmed that travel disclosures apply to both the investigator and to the investigator’s spouse and dependent children, as was implied in a recently released FAQ on the NIH grants website. In addition, NIH has indicated that institutions have the discretion to apply the $5,000 de minimis threshold for disclosure to reimbursed or sponsored travel. Finally, NIH confirms that the initial disclosure, to be made no later than the time of application for PHS funding, must include all significant financial interests related to the investigators institutional responsibilities from the previous 12 months, including sponsored or reimbursed travel.

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-13-004.html <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18249029:20776453991:m:1:1612442508:182ED77CDBF68FF38CF983B923396021:r>

The full list of announcements is below.

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NBC News reporter Andrea Mitchell has written an essay on the late Senator Arlen Specter. She reports that the Senator “…near the end of his life after defying the odds in multiple battles with cancer and other illnesses, reached out to me through an aide to do one last interview. Why? He wanted to talk about the importance of funding the National Institutes of Health. Knowing he did not have much longer to live, Specter wanted his legacy to be his record of expanding resources for the NIH, the government agency he felt had extended his life and saved countless others.”

http://tinyurl.com/98snsxl <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18249011:20776453991:m:1:1612442508:182ED77CDBF68FF38CF983B923396021:r>

 

Sunday’s Washington Post featured an article titled, “Deadly meningitis outbreak puts researchers in new territory.” According to the Post, “The outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to contaminated steroid injections represents a forced march into unexplored medical territory…What’s underway now — a new form of fungal meningitis in 281 otherwise healthy people — is an event without precedent.”

http://tinyurl.com/8subxbt <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18249012:20776453991:m:1:1612442508:182ED77CDBF68FF38CF983B923396021:r>

 

Sunday’s San Diego Union Tribune reported on the UC, San Diego School of Medicine’s expansion of its translational medicine capacity.

http://tinyurl.com/8rdc9xg <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18249013:20776453991:m:1:1612442508:182ED77CDBF68FF38CF983B923396021:r>

 

The National Science Foundation reports that 40 percent of those who earned a research doctorate in science, engineering or health in the United States during the last four years were foreign nationals. The report from the NSF’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics details where this group of graduates lives and works after graduation. According to the report, “Overall, 20 percent of foreign-citizen graduates reported working or living in their country of origin in 2008, whereas 97 percent of U.S.-citizen graduates reported working or living in the United States. Among foreign graduates who did not return to their country of origin, the United States was by far the most popular destination, followed by the European Union, Asia and Canada.”

http://tinyurl.com/8ls9zej <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18249014:20776453991:m:1:1612442508:182ED77CDBF68FF38CF983B923396021:r>

 

Catholic Health East (CHE) and Trinity Health, two Catholic health systems, announced on Wednesday that they have signed a “non-binding Letter of Intent to come together into a unified national health system that will enhance their mission of service to people and communities across the United States.” The boards also announced that Joseph R. Swedish, president and CEO of Trinity Health, would become president and CEO of the new organization, and that Judith M. Persichilli, president and CEO of CHE, would become executive vice president. Trinity Health operates 47 acute-care hospitals, and earlier purchased the Loyola University Health System and Mercy Health System in Illinois. Catholic Health East operates 35 acute care hospitals.

http://tinyurl.com/cvw3t82 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18249015:20776453991:m:1:1612442508:182ED77CDBF68FF38CF983B923396021:r>

 

The three new LCME provisionally accredited medical schools (Frank M. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University; University of California, Riverside, School of Medicine; and, Western Michigan University School of Medicine) have been admitted as members of the AAMC. This brings the number of AAMC member schools (and LCME accredited schools) to 141. From 1995-2002 there were 125 accredited schools.

http://www.lcme.org/ <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18249016:20776453991:m:1:1612442508:182ED77CDBF68FF38CF983B923396021:r>

 

The 24/7 Wall St. financial news service “looked at the 10 states with the highest ratio of patient care physicians and the 10 states with the lowest. The differences are stark.” Mississippi has the fewest physicians per capita (159.4 per 100,000). Massachusetts has the most (314.8 physicians per 100,000). The article discussed the factors common to the two sets of states. The report also lists medical students per capita for the 20 states listed.

http://tinyurl.com/8knmttz <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18249017:20776453991:m:1:1612442508:182ED77CDBF68FF38CF983B923396021:r>

http://t.co/7KPFuu7T <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18249018:20776453991:m:1:1612442508:182ED77CDBF68FF38CF983B923396021:r>

 

The LCME will hold a public hearing on November 6th at the upcoming AAMC Annual Meeting on a proposed new accreditation standard. The proposed standard reads, “The core curriculum of a medical education program must prepare medical students to function collaboratively on health care teams that include other health professionals. Members of the health care teams from other health professions may be either students or practitioners.” The rationale for the new standard as well as details on public hearing is available on-line.

http://www.lcme.org/ <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18249016:20776453991:m:1:1612442508:182ED77CDBF68FF38CF983B923396021:r>

 

Representatives from five UC campuses and the UC Office of the President (UCOP) met recently for an annual retreat on the University of California Biomedical Research Acceleration, Integration, and Development (UC BRAID) program, intended to improve biomedical research collaboration within the University of California system. According to a press release on the effort, “Since 2010, the UC BRAID consortium has been working to bring together UC’s five health campuses – Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco – with the goal of reducing barriers to biomedical research by pooling data, resources and expertise.” Some early successes of the collaboration initiative are highlighted.

http://tinyurl.com/936rd3o <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18249019:20776453991:m:1:1612442508:182ED77CDBF68FF38CF983B923396021:r>

 

The Baltimore Sun on Saturday reported, “Singer Art Garfunkel, a real estate magnate and an investor are putting $2 million in gold bullion on the line to inspire researchers to cure blindness by 2020, establishing through Johns Hopkins Medicine one of the world’s largest prizes for a scientific advancement. The men, one-time roommates at Columbia University, intend for the prize to trigger research into the variety of diseases that cause blindness — 80 percent of which are preventable — in 39 million people around the world.” The prize amount is expected to grow through additional pledges.

http://tinyurl.com/8j6wu7f <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18249020:20776453991:m:1:1612442508:182ED77CDBF68FF38CF983B923396021:r>

 

A new report on responsible science has been issued by the InterAcademy Council and the IAP – the global network of science academies. The report is the first product of the IAC and IAP’s project on scientific integrity, “initiated in response to several major trends reshaping the research enterprise, including the increasingly global and interdisciplinary nature of science, its heightened role in policy debates, and the continued emergence of high-profile cases of irresponsible research behavior in many countries.” The report “identifies fundamental values and principles that researchers should incorporate into every part of the process, from developing a research plan to reporting results and communicating with policymakers and the public.”

http://www.interacademies.net/News/PressReleases/19784.aspx <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18249021:20776453991:m:1:1612442508:182ED77CDBF68FF38CF983B923396021:r>

 

An article in the Daily Cavalier reported on Thursday that a “former University [of Virginia] laboratory researcher has received more than $800,000 in compensation after a federal jury last week decided he had been unfairly fired after he reported ‘unauthorized modifications’ to the terms of a research grant.” According to the article, the modifications involved changes to the time and effort allocated to the grant on which the researcher was PI. The changes were authorized by the researcher’s supervisor but not approved by the PI.

http://tinyurl.com/9aew7ol <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18249022:20776453991:m:1:1612442508:182ED77CDBF68FF38CF983B923396021:r>

 

The New York Times on Sunday reported that in vitro fertilization clinics who are offering raffles for a free embryo implant. According to the Times, “Fertility clinics around the country have found that such promotions, which can include random drawings and essay contests, can be an effective way to raise their profiles and crowd their mailing lists with potential customers. While larger and better-known clinics have no problem filling their waiting rooms with women who can pay $10,000 to $15,000 for a round of I.V.F. — and who know the odds against their success — smaller clinics say they must do what they can to compete, despite the ethical concerns critics have raised.” One fertility patient advocate said, according to the article, “It is against the law to raffle off a puppy, but we’re allowed to raffle off the opportunity to have a baby?…What if they were raffling off chemotherapy? Would we be O.K. with that?”

http://tinyurl.com/9h39j9j <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18249023:20776453991:m:1:1612442508:182ED77CDBF68FF38CF983B923396021:r>

 

Dr. Sally Rockey, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, posted data on the NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) on her blog. The 2012 application cycle has just been completed. Out of 3,100 applicants, 50% received awards.

http://tinyurl.com/9kuffl7 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18249024:20776453991:m:1:1612442508:182ED77CDBF68FF38CF983B923396021:r>

 

An article in the new issue of The Lancet reported, “Amid a gloomy federal funding forecast for biomedical and clinical research in the USA, some investigators have found innovative ways to keep projects going…” The article also highlights institutional collaborations that are maximizing resources.

http://tinyurl.com/9c3speq <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18249025:20776453991:m:1:1612442508:182ED77CDBF68FF38CF983B923396021:r>

 

E. Donnall “Don” Thomas, M.D., a pioneer in bone marrow transplantation and a 1990 Nobel Prize awardee, died on Saturday in Seattle. He was 92. He shared the Nobel Prize with Dr. Joseph Murray, a pioneer in kidney transplantation. Dr. Thomas was professor emeritus at the University of Washington, and director emeritus of the clinical research division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The Seattle Times noted, “It took almost two decades after his seminal paper on bone-marrow transplantation was published in The New England Journal of Medicine, in September 1957, for the procedure to become accepted therapy.”

http://tinyurl.com/9az5bck <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18249026:20776453991:m:1:1612442508:182ED77CDBF68FF38CF983B923396021:r>

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM195709122571102 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18249027:20776453991:m:1:1612442508:182ED77CDBF68FF38CF983B923396021:r>

 

The Evansville Courier Press reported on Saturday, “Officials with the Indiana University School of Medicine-Evansville are exploring sites suitable for the upcoming expansion of their program from two to four years of study, residency and training…Evansville has one of eight regional medical schools operated by IU.”

http://tinyurl.com/8rlfqtn <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18249028:20776453991:m:1:1612442508:182ED77CDBF68FF38CF983B923396021:r>

 

NIH on Thursday issued a notice providing a policy clarification statement with regard to the disclosure of travel information as required under the final rule regarding financial conflicts of interest in federally funded research. NIH has confirmed that travel disclosures apply to both the investigator and to the investigator’s spouse and dependent children, as was implied in a recently released FAQ on the NIH grants website. In addition, NIH has indicated that institutions have the discretion to apply the $5,000 de minimis threshold for disclosure to reimbursed or sponsored travel. Finally, NIH confirms that the initial disclosure, to be made no later than the time of application for PHS funding, must include all significant financial interests related to the investigators institutional responsibilities from the previous 12 months, including sponsored or reimbursed travel.

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-13-004.html <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18249029:20776453991:m:1:1612442508:182ED77CDBF68FF38CF983B923396021:r>

 

Richard Krugman, MD, the dean of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, was one of six faculty members named by CU on Wednesday as distinguished professors. It is the most prestigious honor for faculty at the university and only 71 people have received the title since it was created in 1977. CU officials cited the dean’s work in the area of child abuse and neglect, as well as his stewardship of huge changes for the medical school’s curriculum, research and location. Dr. Krugman is a past chair of the AAMC (2006-07).

http://tinyurl.com/97y94k3 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18249030:20776453991:m:1:1612442508:182ED77CDBF68FF38CF983B923396021:r>

 

Andrew Fyfe Stewart, MD, has been named Director of the Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism Institute at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, effective November 1. Dr. Stewart joins Mount Sinai from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where his has been Chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism.

http://tinyurl.com/8mqldrw <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18249031:20776453991:m:1:1612442508:182ED77CDBF68FF38CF983B923396021:r>

 

Herbert C. Buchanan, Jr., has been named the Chief Executive Officer of Howard University Hospital (HUH). The appointment was effective Oct. 1. Mr. Buchanan joined HUH after spending nearly seven years as the Chief Operating Officer at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) in Baltimore. He succeeds Larry Warren, who served as the top executive of HUH since 2007.

http://tinyurl.com/9amodsb <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18249032:20776453991:m:1:1612442508:182ED77CDBF68FF38CF983B923396021:r>

 

Dr. David Carbone has been appointed to lead a new thoracic oncology center at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center ­­– Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC –James). The thoracic oncology center will bring together physicians and scientists to develop new and targeted approaches to treating and curing lung cancer. Dr. Carbone joins Ohio State from Vanderbilt University, where he was a professor of medicine and cancer biology and directed the experimental therapeutics program, and then the thoracic and head and neck cancer program, at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. In addition, he led the Thoracic Oncology Program at Vanderbilt.

http://tinyurl.com/99q3xnf <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18249033:20776453991:m:1:1612442508:182ED77CDBF68FF38CF983B923396021:r>

 

Andrew Nugent, MD, has been named the new head of Emergency Medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Dr. Nugent has served as the interim head of the department since 2009.

http://www.medicine.uiowa.edu/Newsarticle.aspx?id=11299 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18249034:20776453991:m:1:1612442508:182ED77CDBF68FF38CF983B923396021:r>

 

On October 15, the University of California, Davis School of Medicine, announced the appointment of Dr. Robin H. Steinhorn, a neonatologist, as chair of the Department of Pediatrics in the UC Davis School of Medicine. She will also serve as director of UC Davis Children’s Hospital. Prior to coming to UC Davis, Dr. Steinhorn was the Raymond and Hazel Speck Berry Professor and chief of the Division of Neonatology and vice chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Northwestern University and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/publish/news/newsroom/7071 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18249035:20776453991:m:1:1612442508:182ED77CDBF68FF38CF983B923396021:r>

 

Ralph Samlowski, M.D., has been named the Regional Chair of Family Medicine and Family Medicine Residency Program Director at the UAB School of Medicine Huntsville Regional Medical Campus. He has been on the faculty at Huntsville since 2002.

http://tinyurl.com/bm45vhr <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18249036:20776453991:m:1:1612442508:182ED77CDBF68FF38CF983B923396021:r>

 

The Emory Global Health Institute (EGHI) has named Robert F. Breiman, MD, as director, effective April 2013. Dr. Breiman is currently country director for Kenya for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and head of the Global Disease Detection Division for CDC-Kenya. He also will hold faculty appointments in the Hubert Department of Global Health in Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health and in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, in Emory University School of Medicine. Jeffrey P. Koplan, MD, MPH, founding director of the Emory Global Health Institute, will continue as vice president for global health at Emory University.

http://tinyurl.com/9ajnjx5 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18249037:20776453991:m:1:1612442508:182ED77CDBF68FF38CF983B923396021:r>

 

Our colleagues at ELAM report two promotions of note at University of Texas – M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: Karen Lu, M.D., has been named chair of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine, and Sharon Dent, Ph.D. has been named Vice Provost for Basic Research ad interim.

 

David Skorton, M.D., president of Cornell and a member of the AAMC Board of Directors, has been appointed by the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, to be chairman of the board of the New York Racing Association.

http://tinyurl.com/8q3gawm <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18249038:20776453991:m:1:1612442508:182ED77CDBF68FF38CF983B923396021:r>

 

And finally (1)…The San Jose Mercury News on Tuesday reported, “An award that honors precision can get pretty fuzzy when universities do the counting. In a scoring system that would befuddle any NCAA fan, competitive universities create their own rules for adding up their Nobel score cards.”

http://tinyurl.com/8mb42dp <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18249039:20776453991:m:1:1612442508:182ED77CDBF68FF38CF983B923396021:r>

 

And finally (2), an acronym of note…Last week’s New England Journal of Medicine featured a report on the “Double-blind, Randomized Intervention Study in Kids (DRINK).” The study report concluded, “Masked replacement of sugar-containing beverages with noncaloric beverages reduced weight gain and fat accumulation in normal-weight children.”

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1203034 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18249040:20776453991:m:1:1612442508:182ED77CDBF68FF38CF983B923396021:r>

 

Tony Mazzaschi

AAMC

 

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