The National Advisory General Medical Sciences (NAGMS) Council was convened in closed session for its one hundred sixty-third meeting at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 26, 2017.
Dr. Jon R. Lorsch, director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), presided as chair of the meeting. After a closed session from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on January 26, the meeting was open to the public on January 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.
Council Members Present
Goldie Byrd, Ph.D.Liza D. Cariaga-Lo, Ed.D.Carmen W. Dessauer, Ph.D.Samuel H. Gellman, Ph.D.William Gern, Ph.D.Kaye Husbands Fealing, Ph.D.Larry Overman, Ph.D.Mark Peifer, Ph.D.Ronald M. Przygodzki, M.D.Sean Seymore, Ph.D., J.D.Janet L. Smith, Ph.D.Willem (Wilfred) A. van der Donk, Ph.D.
Special Consultants Present
Darrin Akins, Ph.D. Associate Dean for Research College of MedicineProfessorDepartment of Microbiology and ImmunologyUniversity of Oklahoma Health Sciences CenterOklahoma City, OK 73104
Matthew Bennett, Ph.D. Associate ProfessorDepartment of BiosciencesRice UniversityHouston, TX 77005-1892
Sevinc Ercan, Ph.D.Assistant ProfessorDepartment of BiologyNew York UniversityNew York, NY 10003-6688
Elizabeth Kovacs, Ph.D. Director, Burn ResearchProfessorDepartment of SurgeryUniversity of Colorado DenverAnschutz Medical CampusAurora, CO 80045
Sabeeha Merchant, Ph.D. ProfessorDepartment of Chemistry and BiochemistryDirector, Institute of Genomics and ProteomicsUniversity of California, Los AngelesLos Angeles, CA 90095-1569
Guy Padbury, Ph.D. Senior Vice PresidentPreclinical DevelopmentMerck Research LaboratoriesWest Point, PA 19486-0004
Cathy Wu, Ph.D.Edward G. Jefferson Chair of Bioinformatics and Computational BiologyProfessorDepartments of Computer & Information Sciences and Biological SciencesUniversity of DelawareNewark, DE 19711-5449
Council roster (available from NIGMS)
Members of the Public Present
Dr. Elizabeth Barksdale, Federation of American Societies for Experimental BiologyJulie Fabsik-Swarts, National Postdoctoral Association Dr. Adam FagenStephen Heinig, Association of American Medical CollegesAndré Porter, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Dr. Erika Shugart, American Society for Cell BiologyDr. Debra Speert, Federation of American Societies for Experimental BiologyDr. Chris Yarosh, American Chemical Society
NIGMS and Other NIH Employees
Please see the sign-in sheet (available from NIGMS)
Other Federal Employees Present
OPEN PORTION OF THE MEETING
I. Call to Order and Opening Remarks
Dr. Lorsch thanked the regular members of the Council who were present and introduced the special consultants. He then introduced and welcomed the guests in attendance.
II. Consideration of Minutes
The minutes of the September 15-16, 2016, meeting were approved as submitted.
III. Future Meeting Dates
The following dates for future Council meetings were confirmed:
May 25-26, 2017 Thursday-FridaySeptember 14-15, 2017 Thursday-FridayJanuary 18-19, 2018 Thursday-Friday
IV. NIGMS Director’s Report [PDF, 2,580KB]
Dr. Lorsch thanked the Council for their continued service and updated the group on staff hires and departures at NIGMS and NIH. He acknowledged the departure of Dr. Catherine Lewis and Ivan Waldman, both retiring from NIGMS, and noted the recent NIH departures of Dr. Phil Bourne and Dr. Kathy Hudson. He welcomed many new NIGMS staff, including Dr. Stephanie Constant, chief of the Office of Scientific Review, and Stephanie Older, chief of the Office of Communications and Public Liaison, and noted the selection of Dr. Rochelle Long as chief of the Division of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry. He notified the Council of upcoming NIGMS-sponsored events including the April 5, 2017, NIGMS Director’s Early Career Investigator Lecture and a workshop on responsible communication of biomedical research that will be co-sponsored by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). Both will be videocast publicly. Dr. Lorsch recognized two NIGMS grantee recipients of the recently announced Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers: Dr. Blake Wiedenheft of Montana State University and Dr. Aimee Shen of Tufts University. Dr. Lorsch then recounted a successful visit to IDeA grantees at the University of Kansas, and a neighboring high school in Lawrence, Kansas, with U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.). Dr. Lorsch presented programmatic and budget updates about the Institute, focusing on an upcoming expansion of the MIRA program and success rates for early-career, new and established investigators. Finally, he noted that a recent analysis determined that the number of NIGMS-funded (unique) investigators has been on a steady rise over the past 3 years.
Contact: Dr. Jon R. Lorsch, 301-594-2172, email@example.com
V. Division of Biomedical Research Workforce: Background, Current and Future Priorities for Research Training, Education and Career Development [PDF, 1,884KB]
The Division of Biomedical Research Workforce (DBRW) was established in response to reports from the Advisory Committee to the Director working groups on the Biomedical Research Workforce and the Physician Scientist Workforce . Dr. P. Kay Lund, who has led DBRW since August 2015, provided an update on activities and programs. She summarized recent division activities including analysis of early outcomes of K99/R00 programs, evaluation and potential enhancements of benefits for Ruth L. Kirschstein Institutional National Research Service Award-supported postdocs and students, potential new pilot programs to recruit and retain physician scientists in research careers, and new resources including an extramural diversity website and a research training and career development website.
Contact: Dr. P. Kay Lund, 301-496-3255, firstname.lastname@example.org
VI. Concept Clearance: NIGMS-Specific Predoctoral Training Program (T32) [PDF, 677KB]
NIGMS has a long-standing commitment to biomedical research training and currently supports about half of NIH-funded predoctoral training positions. Dr. Alison Gammie described plans to issue a revised predoctoral T32 funding announcement to enhance the Institute’s ability to promote and monitor the modernization of biomedical graduate education and to enhance the diversity of the biomedical research enterprise. Dr. Gammie noted that the new announcement will 1) emphasize the development of a diverse pool of well-trained scientists as the primary objective; 2) focus on skills development, rigor and reproducibility, responsible conduct, diversity and inclusion; 3) address conflicts in the incentive structure of the research enterprise and training; 4) require the use of evidence-based, innovative educational practices, and the collection and dissemination of data on the success/failure of interventions; 5) require improvements in career preparation and dissemination of career outcomes; and 6) align review criteria with training objectives and the program plan. She requested, and received, Council approval to issue the funding announcement with the projected date of first awards in July 2019.
Contact: Dr. Alison Gammie, 301-594-3900, email@example.com
VII. Concept Clearance: Collaborative Program Grants (RM1) [PDF, 381KB]
Many research questions in biomedical science can be pursued by single investigators and their close collaborators and are adequately supported by individual and multiple-PI R01 grants. However, complex research questions may require the integrated efforts of multiple research laboratories and collaboration between researchers with diverse areas of expertise. Dr. Peter Preusch requested, and received, Council approval to solicit Collaborative Program applications for highly integrative research teams of three to six investigators. The grants will address complex research questions through a single unified program of research; train and mentor new scientists; and affect scientific communities that would benefit from these types of coordinated activities. A key feature will be a required multiple-investigator management plan that assures participation of all members in making decisions.
Contacts: Dr. Susan Gregurick, 301-451-6446, firstname.lastname@example.org; Dr. Peter Preusch, 301-594-0828, email@example.com
VIII. Concept Clearance: Science Policy Collaboration with NSF SciSIP Program [PDF, 381KB]
NIGMS has had a long-standing interest in understanding factors that affect the biomedical research enterprise, and since 2010 has supported the Scientific Workforce Analysis and Modeling (SWAM) program. In parallel, the NSF Social Behavioral and Economics (SBE) Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program funds research designed to advance the scientific basis of science and innovation policy and is a leading supporter of research in this field. Thus, NIGMS and NSF have compatible and complementary programmatic goals in these areas. Dr. Dorit Zuk requested, and received, Council approval to establish a joint SBE/NIGMS Initiative to support SciSIP research that will lead to a better understanding of the existing biomedical research enterprise; analyze inefficiencies and efficiencies with the goal of providing insights for improvement; and study the underlying dynamics of the workforce and its trainees by examining strategies for retaining and advancing highly skilled independent investigators and enhancing the diversity of the scientific workforce.
Contact: Dr. Dorit Zuk, 301-594-0943, firstname.lastname@example.org
IX. Public Comment Period
Dr. Erika Shugart, executive director of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), communicated the society’s great respect for, and collegial relationship with, NIGMS. She described ASCB’s current strategic-planning efforts that align well with NIGMS principles and told the Council that they are currently seeking input on the planning process. Dr. Shugart discussed ASCB’s current foci as 1) promoting the centrality of cell biology to biomedicine, toward more collaboration and bridging disciplines; 2) democratizing biomedicine; 3) endorsing career development and the availability of multiple career paths; 4) promoting the importance and value of science literacy and science policy; and 5) expanding the society’s funding sources.
Dr. Debra Speert, FASEB’s director of communications, affirmed the group’s longstanding positive and productive relationship with NIGMS, which recently has included efforts related to reproducibility in biomedicine. She also noted that FASEB has developed the Database of U.S. Providers of Research Organisms , which is designed to help researchers searching for stock centers, living collections and commercial providers of research organisms. Dr. Speert told the Council that FASEB is requesting that resource users respond by March 2, 2017, to the survey of researchers’ experiences with shared research resources .
CLOSED PORTION OF THE MEETING
The meeting adjourned at 11:40 a.m. on January 27, 2017.
I hereby certify that to my knowledge the foregoing minutes are accurate and complete.
___________________ ______________________Jon R. Lorsch, Ph.D. Ann A. Hagan, Ph.D.Chair Executive SecretaryNational Advisory General National Advisory GeneralMedical Sciences Council Medical Sciences Council
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