New Report and Public Briefing: Supporting the Next Generation of Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences Researchers

The U.S. biomedical research system has long been an engine of innovation that has saved countless lives and catalyzed job growth and economic prosperity, but there are growing concerns that several core challenges are undercutting the vitality and productivity of the enterprise. Among these core challenges are the barriers facing early-career researchers: Many newly awarded Ph.D.s spend long periods in postdoctoral positions with low salaries, inadequate training, and little opportunity for independent research.

The Next Generation of Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences Researchers: Breaking Through, a new congressionally requested report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, identifies steps Congress, federal agencies, and research institutions should take to strengthen the nation’s biomedical research system and ensure the successful launch of careers among the next generation of researchers. The report also examines some of the barriers that have impeded reform efforts so far and proposes remedies.

The report will be released with a public briefing and webcast starting at 1:30 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 12. Participating from the committee that wrote the report:

-- Ron Daniels (chair), president, Johns Hopkins University
-- Kafui Dzirasa, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Duke University
-- Story Landis, former director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

A presentation of the report’s findings and recommendations by the committee members will be followed by a reaction panel made up of individuals in the biomedical field and Q&A sessions. The public briefing will run from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT in Room 100 of the National Academies’ Keck Center.  A live webcast of the event will be available at http://www.national-academies.org

Reporters who wish to obtain copies of the report or attend the briefing should contact the Office of News and Public Information, tel. 202-334-2138 or news@nas.edu. Advance copies of the report will be available to reporters only starting at noon EDT on Wednesday, April 11. The report is embargoed and not for public release before 1:30 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 12.