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Campus to host discussions, workshop on crisis in U.S. biomedical research

Studying the process by which RNA is made from DNA, a doctoral student works with radioactive tracers in a lab at the Biochemical Sciences Building in April 2012.
Studying the process by which RNA is made from DNA, a doctoral student works with radioactive tracers in a lab at the Biochemical Sciences Building in April 2012.

The growing realization that the American biomedical research enterprise is unsustainable and requires a comprehensive fix will be the subject of a wide-ranging campus conversation to take place over the next few months, as described in this UW-Madison news release.

A kickoff event will be held on Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. in Room 165 Bascom Hall. At the event, Chancellor Rebecca Blank will summarize the problem and frame the goals of the discussion, which will culminate in a campus-wide workshop on April 11.

A series of meetings will be held in March for members of the UW-Madison biomedical research community to discuss such things as the size of the biomedical research workforce, changes to the biomedical research workplace, National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant mechanisms and NIH evaluation mechanisms.

The aim of the April 11 workshop will be to identify strategies and tactics to address the issue, information that will be included in a report to be presented at a national conference on the topic in May at the University of Michigan.

The April 11 workshop will be held in the DeLuca Forum in the Town Center of the Discovery Building (Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be limited to 200 people on a first-come, first-served basis. The March conversations will be repeated to provide ample opportunities for campus participation.

Visit here for more information, including a full schedule with days, times and locations of scheduled conversations and workshops.

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