BOX 2-1
Recommendations of the 2003 NIH Director’s Blue Ribbon Panel on the Future of Intramural Clinical Research

  1. Revise the NIH intramural clinical research oversight structure.

    • Create a single, high-level oversight committee to replace all existing governing bodies that have oversight responsibilities for intramural clinical research.

    • Create an external advisory committee that reports to the NIH director to periodically and systematically consider the overall quality and vitality of the NIH Intramural Clinical Research Program.

    • Strengthen the roles of the Office of the Director and institute and center leadership in clinical research.

  1. Develop new training and career pathways in patient-oriented research.

    • Strengthen career pathways and mentoring in the ICRP for patient-oriented research that culminate in tenure.

    • Establish a premier, highly visible postdoctoral fellowship program in clinical research, administered by the CRC director, for individuals who have finished clinical residency training.

    • Create an advanced research training program for extramural faculty members in AHCs who wish to take sabbatical at the CRC as a means of obtaining on-the-job experience in clinical research.

    • Foster the recruitment and retention of innovative patient-oriented investigators in the ICRP by ensuring that salaries and benefits are competitive with those at AHCs.

    • Foster an interactive and creative research environment that will attract outstanding postdoctoral fellows. Postdoctoral fellows will want to participate in programs that are conducting disease-oriented research or investigating timely clinical problems that cannot easily be studied in extramural AHCs.

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