Created by on 5/17/2011 12:00:00 AM

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently named the members of the working group charged with creating a model for building a sustainable and diverse biomedical research workforce. Development of the model is intended to help inform decisions about how to train the optimal number of people for the appropriate types of positions that will advance science and promote health. Established at the last meeting of the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director, the group is chaired by Princeton University President Dr. Shirley Tilghman. Among the questions it will consider are:

  • What is the right size of the workforce?
  • What are the appropriate types of positions that should be supported to allow people to have successful careers and to continue to advance biomedical and behavioral sciences?
  • What is the best way to support these various positions?
  • What types of training should be provided?
The group will utilize information from NIH and other sources and gather input from students, postdocs, investigators, scientific societies, and grantee institutions to develop the model. A list of working group members is available here.