GREAT/GRAND Community Forum

The AAMC is providing these forums as a platform for sharing important policy updates and other timely information with the GREAT Group and GRAND communities. Topics are selected by AAMC staff with input from the GREAT Group and GRAND Steering Committees, and suggestions are invited from the membership.

Please send topic suggestions to Amanda Field, PhD, AAMC Science Policy Specialist, at afield@aamc.org.

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Rebekah Corlew, PhD, AAMC Director of Constituent Engagement for Research Education and Women in Medicine and Science. 
Dr. Corlew is the constituent engagement director and contact for the GREAT group, GRAND, and GWIMS.



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Amanda Field, PhD, AAMC Science Policy Specialist
Dr. Field follows research and research training issues for the GREAT group and GRAND and is hosting this series.






  • Key Issues in Science and Research Policy: Data Sharing and Foreign Government Influence - July 24

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 07/24/2019 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Join us for a discussion on essential topics to the biomedical research community.

    Join AAMC Senior Director of Science Policy and Regulatory Counsel Heather Pierce, JD, MPH, for a discussion on essential topics to the biomedical research community:

    • The future of sharing research data and recognizing those who share
    • How recent revelations about how foreign government influence is affecting the US research and research training enterprise

    Ms. Pierce will provide updates and then encourage discussion during a question and answer period. While she will be accepting questions during the webinar, you may also submit questions ahead of time to Amanda Field, PhD, AAMC Science Policy Specialist, at afield@aamc.org.

    The AAMC looks forward to providing this platform for interaction with the GREAT and GRAND communities on these and future topics. Relevant and timely topics will be decided as each webinar approaches. Please send topic suggestions to Amanda Field (above).

    Heather Pierce, JD, MPH

    AAMC Senior Director of Science Policy and Regulatory Counsel

    Heather Pierce is Senior Director for Science Policy and Regulatory Counsel at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). She serves as AAMC's leader for scientific regulatory issues including human subject protections, clinical research, conflicts of interest, research data sharing, evidence-based regulation, and collaborations between industry, government, and academia in biomedical research. She is the subject matter expert for the AAMC's Forum on Conflict of Interest in Academe and for Convey, the AAMC's global financial interest disclosure system.  Ms. Pierce is Chair of the Board of Directors of Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R), where she has been a regular contributor to in-person programs and webinars for over a decade and has served on the Board since 2014. She regularly speaks at national forums on issues related to the protection of human subjects, regulatory burden, research ethics, biospecimens, scientific misconduct, legislation and policymaking related to research, and research compliance, and has published articles and commentaries on these topics in Nature, Science, The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and The American Journal of Bioethics. She has served on committees, working groups and task forces of organizations including the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and the National Dialogue on Healthcare Innovation.  Prior to joining AAMC, Ms. Pierce was an attorney in the Health Care Group of the law firm of Ropes & Gray LLP in New York. Her regulatory practice focused on medical research and clinical care. She received her law degree from NYU School of Law and her MPH in Health Law from Boston University.

  • Insights on Federal Funding and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – September 25

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 09/25/2019 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Join us for a discussion on essential topics to the biomedical research community:

    Join AAMC Senior Director of Public Policy and Government Relations Tannaz Rasouli, MPH, for a discussion on essential topics to the biomedical research community:

    • Where the Federal appropriations process stands
    • NIH and agency budgets

    Ms. Rasouli will provide updates and then encourage discussion during a question and answer period. While she will be accepting questions during the webinar, you may also submit questions ahead of time to Amanda Field, PhD, AAMC Science Policy Specialist, at afield@aamc.org.

    The AAMC looks forward to providing this platform for interaction with the GREAT and GRAND communities on these and future topics. Please send topic suggestions to Amanda Field (above).

    Tannaz Rasouli, MPH

    Senior Director of Public Policy and Strategic Outreach, AAMC

    As Senior Director of Public Policy and Strategic Outreach at the Association of American Medical Colleges, Tannaz Rasouli holds primary responsibility for the AAMC’s legislative advocacy in support of medical research, medical education, and public health funding and preparedness. In July 2016, she was named Executive Director of the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research, a coalition of more than 200 patient and voluntary health groups, medical and scientific societies, and academic and research organizations, supporting an enhanced federal investment in the biomedical, behavioral, and population-based research conducted and supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

    In addition to her current areas of responsibility, since joining AAMC’s Government Relations office in January 2006, Tannaz has been responsible for several legislative issues of interest to medical schools and teaching hospitals, including the health care workforce, health equity, and other federal health care programs. From 2007 – 2016, Tannaz served as co-executive director of the Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition (HPNEC), an alliance of more than 60 national organizations representing schools, programs, health professionals, and students advocating continued support for federal health care workforce programs administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration. In this capacity, she provided strategic direction for the coalition’s advocacy activities, coordinating briefings, meetings, and correspondence with Congress and the administration. 
     
    Tannaz received her bachelor’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and her master of public health in health policy from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  
     
    Since 2013, she also has served as adjunct faculty at the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies.