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Summit on the sustainability of the US biomedical research enterprise

Leaders of the scientific community to discuss necessary reforms to training and funding schemes

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology will host a summit Feb. 4 - 5, 2016 to determine the actions necessary to solve problems confronting the American biomedical research enterprise. Training periods and trainee populations have increased over the past decade despite stagnant federal funding, resulting in a research workforce that is expanding beyond the capacity of the available funding to support it.

The summit will bring together experts to identify obstacles to reform and to determine actions the scientific community can take to rebalance the size of the research workforce with available funding while continuing to train the next generation of scientists and produce important discoveries. Attendees have been working for two months to develop these actions for reform and will present their ideas for group discussion.


Summit to identify actions necessary to move the American biomedical research toward sustainability


The following participants will lead the event. At the bottom is a list of other participants.

  • Bruce Alberts, University of California, San Francisco, and Rescuing Biomedical Research
  • Margaret Anderson, FasterCures
  • Jeremy Berg, University of Pittsburgh
  • Gary McDowell, Tufts University
  • Wes Sundquist, University of Utah
  • Christopher Pickett, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 4, 2016 and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 5, 2016


Embassy Suites at the Chevy Chase Pavilion, 4300 Military Road NW, Washington, D.C. 20015

Additionally, Pickett will conduct a phone briefing at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 5, 2016 summarizing the major outcomes of the summit. Email for call-in information.

Other summit participants

  • Cynthia Fuhrmann, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Howard Garrison, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
  • Matthew Gentry, University of Kentucky
  • Kenneth Gibbs, National Institutes of Health
  • Judith Greenberg, National Institutes of Health
  • Susanna Greer, American Cancer Society
  • Louis Justement, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Terri Goss Kinzy, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Alan Leshner, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Jon Lorsch, National Institutes of Health
  • Kay Lund, National Institutes of Health
  • Susan Marqusee, University of California, Berkeley
  • C. Robert Matthews, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Kenneth Maynard, Takeda Pharmaceuticals
  • Gary McDowell, Tufts University
  • Sharon Milgram, National Institutes of Health
  • Mary O'Riordan, University of Michigan Medical School
  • Greg Petsko, Weill Cornell Medicine
  • John Randell, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Phil Ryan, National Institutes of Health
  • Paula Stephan, Georgia State University
  • Michael Teitelbaum, Harvard Medical School
  • Shirley Tilghman, Princeton University

Media registration

Media representatives, such as reporters, writers and videographers, are welcome to attend the summit. However, please note that space will be limited, so advance registration is encouraged.

Journalists who have press credentials (such as a press club badge) should submit copies of their credentials in advance to pre-register for the summit. Email a letter of interest and credentials to ASBMB Public Affairs Director Benjamin Corb at

Journalists who do not have press credentials, such as freelancers, must (1) provide a letter of assignment on official letterhead from the news outlet for which they are covering the summit and (2) submit recent samples of their bylined work, along with appropriate identification.

Those representing other news outlets, such as online media, must provide a letter of assignment on official outlet letterhead and three recently published articles that relate to the summit topic. Note that online outlets must provide content that is original and independent of advertising and sponsorship. Personal websites do not qualify.

Individuals interested in blogging about the conference should send a letter of interest and links to three relevant posts.

The organizers reserve the right to limit the number of passes provided to any organization and the right to deny pass requests.


About the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

The ASBMB is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization with more than 12,000 members worldwide. Most members teach and conduct research at colleges and universities. Others conduct research in various government laboratories, at nonprofit research institutions and in industry. The Society's student members attend undergraduate or graduate institutions. For more information about ASBMB, visit

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