Goal 4: Develop Workforce and Resources

To support the future of investigator-initiated research by sustaining and developing a diverse biomedical workforce with the skills and research resources to pursue emerging opportunities in science.
(@teitelbaum)

Goal 4: Develop Workforce and Resources

Moderating Positive Feedback between Research Funding and PhD/postdoc Numbers

A critical challenge will be to limit future destabilizing expansion of the number of PhD students and postdoc trainees. Because 75-80% of biomedical PhD students and postdocs now supported by NIH are funded by RO1 and other research funding, if/when research grant budget increase the number of PhD and postdoc “slots” would automatically expand--even if there is no expectation of comparable increases in demand for ...more »

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(@teitelbaum)

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Make PhD Career Paths More Transparent

A critical challenge will be making career paths transparent to prospective PhD students and postdocs. At present, few departments, programs and institutions are collecting and making readily available any credible data about the career experiences of their past graduates. To be useful, such data should address at least five years of post-PhD career experience; shorter-term data is likely to be dominated by postdoctoral ...more »

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(@nhlbiforumadministrator)

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Increased methods training for investigators

It is clear that there are concerns about reproducibility and quality control in science in general and in obesity-related research in particular. Increased opportunities for training in rigorous scientific practices for obesity researchers and biomedical and behavioral researchers in general may be helpful to increase rigor and reproducibility.

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(@bmoore)

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Basic and Clinical Multi-disciplinary Partnerships to Understand Lung Disease

Basic scientists and clinicians have different training and bring different perspectives to lung disease research. Additionally, mechanisms that facilitate interactions of scientists from different fields may improve communication and facilitate novel ideas for lung disease research. I would like to see a funding mechanism that encouraged such partnerships in addressing fundamental disease questions and/or treatments. ...more »

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(@dayam0)

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Development of IT tools to rapidly access key portions of the EHR

As the volume of information in EHR has continued to increase, one of the current challenges is how to find key pieces of information within the EHR. For example if a patient presents to the ED with Chest Pain as chief complaint, key information for that patient related to this chief complaint should be retrieved by the IT system and presented to the clinician for review such as prior ECG's, prior work-ups including any ...more »

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(@ianbird)

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Promoting Translational Research training using the R03 mechanism

We in Wisconsin have developed a robust training program for mixed MD and PhD postdocs in a clinical dept and yet their future in research is blocked by few faculty positions, poor funding and over complicated NIH applications. One of the simplest grants is the R03 and we have already had graduates with only a few years postdoc experience succeed in gaining R03 funding. The R03 is a very simple very flexible mechanism. ...more »

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(@teitelbaum)

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Predictable and Steady Funding Growth

There is a need for a predictable, steady expansion of funding of NIH. The repetitive booms and busts in research funding are a primary source of the current instability of the biomedical research and training systems. Funding goals should not be simply “more”, or another “doubling”, but instead a trajectory of steady expansion of research funding that can be sustained over the medium-to-long term.

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