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) Recorded On: 07/24/2019

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

    If you have not already registered, please register to view the recording.

    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.

    Jabbar Bennett, PhD

    GREAT Group Chair

    Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer
    Associate Professor of Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine     
    Northwestern University

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

    Contains 2 Component(s)

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

    If you have not already registered, please register to view the recording.

    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. 

    Christa Wagner

    Senior Legislative Analyst, AAMC

    Christa Wagner currently serves as a Senior Legislative Analyst at the AAMC where she is responsible for legislative and regulatory policy and advocacy in support of medical research and academic medicine’s partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Her work includes supporting and coordinating two coalitions convened by the AAMC, the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research which supports an enhanced federal investment in the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Friends of VA Medical Care and Health Research (FOVA) which is dedicated to supporting an increased federal investment in the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical and Prosthetic research program. Christa also serves as an editor of the AAMC’s weekly government relations newsletter, Washington Highlights. 

    Prior to joining the AAMC, Christa served as the American Society for Human Genetics (ASHG) and National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Genetics and Public Policy Fellow. In this role, she contributed to health and science policy efforts at a scientific member society, as well as in the executive and legislative branches of the US government, including Capitol Hill experience as a health fellow in the office of US Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio. Christa received her Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry from Oberlin College and her PhD in Cellular and Molecular Medicine from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

  • Report from the National Academy of Sciences: The Science on Effective Mentoring in STEMM – December 4

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/04/2019 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    Join us for a discussion on the newly released report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, The Science of Effective Mentoring in STEMM.

    Join us for a discussion on the newly released report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, The Science of Effective Mentoring in STEMM. The study director of the report, Maria Lund Dahlberg, and a member of the report consensus committee, Rick McGee, PhD, will discuss:

    • Key report findings on the science of mentorship in STEMM
    • Report recommendations on institutional implementation of effective mentoring practices
    • Highlights of the online mentoring resource guide designed by the report committee

    Ms. Dahlberg and Dr. McGee will also encourage discussion during a question and answer period after their presentation. While they 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).

    Maria Lund Dahlberg

    Program Officer with the Board on Higher Education and Workforce and the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine – National Academy of Sciences

    Maria Lund Dahlberg is the study director for the Consensus Study on the Science on Effective Mentoring in STEMM for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and a program officer with the Board on Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW) and the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM). Her work with the National Academies spans topics ranging from equity, inclusion, and diversity in science, through science communications, to postdoctoral research experiences, health care, and innovation ecosystems. She came to the National Academies by way of a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellowship, which she received after completing all requirements short of finalizing the dissertation for her doctorate in physics at Pennsylvania State University. Ms. Dahlberg holds a B.A. with high honors in physics from Vassar College and an M.S. in physics from Pennsylvania State University. 

    Rick McGee, PhD

    Associate Dean for Faculty Recruitment & Professional Development - Northwestern Medicine

    Richard (Rick) McGee is the associate dean for professional development and a professor of medical education at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He also served as a member of the consensus committee for the National Academies’ report, the Science on Effective Mentoring in STEMM. His primary role at Northwestern is to mentor and coach junior faculty beginning their independent research programs. A primary element of this work is a unique grant-writing coaching group model he has created.  His career evolved to this role starting from 20 years as a basic scientist and merging into leadership of research training programs at multiple institutions. He has developed and tested a number of novel mentoring and group coaching approaches. These roles led to an evolution to actually studying career development of young scientists from the perspective of social science theories and models.  He currently leads a group of social and education researchers conducting a large-scale, longitudinal, largely qualitative research study of career development and decisions of several hundred biomedical Ph.D. students.  His group is also studying a novel group career coaching model in a randomized controlled trial, also with several hundred Ph.D. students. All of these and his previous efforts also focused on fostering diversity in academia.