ACD Working Group on Biomedical Workforce

Mission and Charge

Develop a model for a sustainable and diverse U.S. biomedical research workforce that can inform decisions about training of the optimal number of people for the appropriate types of positions that will advance science and promote health. Developing the model will include an analysis of the current composition and size of the workforce to understand the consequences of current funding policies on the research framework. The model should include an assessment of present and future needs in the academic research arena, but also current and future needs in industry, science policy, education, communication, and other pathways. The model will also require an assessment of current and future availability of trainees from the domestic and international communities.

Based on this analysis and input from the extramural community, using appropriate expertise from NIH and external sources, and recognizing that there are limits to NIH's ability to control many aspects of the training pipeline, the committee will make recommendations for actions that NIH should take to support a future sustainable biomedical infrastructure.

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  • Sally Rockey, Ph.D. (co-chair)
    Deputy Director for Extramural Research
  • Shirley Tilghman, Ph.D. (co-chair)
    Princeton University
  • Sandra Degen, Ph.D.
    Interim Chair
    Dept of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry & Microbiology
    University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children's Hospital
  • Laura Forese, M.D.
    COO, CMO, and Senior Vice President
    New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center
  • Donna Ginther, Ph.D.
    Professor of Economics and Director
    Center for Economic and Business Analysis
    University of Kansas
  • Arthur Gutierrez-Hartmann, M.D.
    Department of Medicine and Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics; and Director
    Medical Scientist Training Program
    University of Colorado
  • Freeman Hrabowski, Ph.D.
  • James Jackson, Ph.D.
    Professor, Department of Psychology; and Director
    Institute for Social Research
    University of Michigan
  • Leemor Joshua-Tor, Ph.D.
    Professor and Dean
    Watson School of Biological Sciences; and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
    Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
  • Richard Lifton, M.D., Ph.D.
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
    Yale School of Medicine
  • Garry Neil, M.D.
    Corporate Vice President
    Corporate Office of Science and Technology
    Johnson & Johnson
  • Naomi Rosenberg, Ph.D.
    Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences
    Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Bruce A. Weinberg, Ph.D.
    Department of Economics and John Glenn School of Public Affairs
    The Ohio State University
  • Keith Yamamoto, Ph.D.
    Executive Vice Dean
    School of Medicine

Biomedical Workforce Modeling Subcommittee Roster

  • Bruce Weinberg, Ph.D. (co-chair)
    Professor of Economics, The Ohio State University
  • Donna Ginther, Ph.D. (co-chair)
    Professor of Economics and Director, Center for Economic and Business Analysis
    University of Kansas
  • David Blau, Ph.D.
    Professor of Economics
    The Ohio State University
  • Stephen Eubank, Ph.D.
    Professor of Physics
    Virginia Bioinformatics Institute; and Deputy Director
    Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Richard B. Freeman, Ph.D.
    Herbert Ascherman Chair of Economics
    Harvard University; and Director of the National Bureau of Economic Research/Sloan Science and Engineering Workforce Project
  • Peter K. Sorger, Ph.D.
    Professor of Systems Biology
    Harvard Medical School
  • Paula Stephan, Ph.D.
    Professor of Economics
    Georgia State University
  • Michael Teitelbaum, Ph.D.
    Senior Advisor
    The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

This page last reviewed on February 12, 2011