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Friday, October 7, 2016

Research! Of Course!

While having lunch with a colleague from another AIRI institute this week I saw a graduate student wearing the most wonderful shirt.

This budding scientist realizes something that I wish the Presidential Candidates did.  Research is the life-blood of technology, jobs, discoveries, cures, and our Country's competitive edge on the World stage!

Maybe the AIRI Governmental Affairs Committee could buy a few of these shirts!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Recap: AIRI 2016 Annual Meeting

We are closing out another year at AIRI with the conclusion of our 55th Annual Meeting, themed "Disruption:  A Path Forward."  In so many ways the meeting met or exceeded our expectations.

We were treated to a visit by Congressman Patrick E. Murphy, representing Florida's 18th Congressional District.  Rep. Murphy highlighted the importance of AIRI's research programs to his District, the State of Florida, and the Country.  He has been a proponent for biomedical research, and most recently, for increasing efforts to increase funding for the fight against the Zika virus.

A panel of AIRI Presidents offered a discussion of Board Governance based on the book, "Boards That Lead: When to Take Charge, When to Partner, and When to Stay out of the Way."  The views of these leaders were based on their real-life experiences spanning institutes of different sizes, contrasting programs, and variable Board compositions.  Despite the differences there were common themes and practices that can foster excellent Board-Institute relationships.

The presentation that drew the most interesting audience interactions was offered by Dr. Michael S. Lauer, MD, Director for Extramural Research, National Institutes of Health.  His talk, "Evidence-Based Funding: Thoughts about Extramural Research", provided important insights on the need to move the "finish line" of research from "getting a grant" to producing results.  Relying on a wealth of data on funded grants and associated publications, Dr. Lauer's research demonstrated the effectiveness of AIRI's scientists in producing high-impact publications.

As always, we are deeply indebted to our Supporters for sponsoring the many activities of the annual meeting.

For those of you who were able to participate in the Annual Meeting, thank you for your contributions.  For those of you who were unable to attend, please plan now to join us in 2017 in Washington, DC from October 1 - 4 for the 56th Annual Meeting.

Finally, for AIRI Members, you can access the presentations from the Members Only site: