This institute is open to current undergraduate and graduate students, post docs, and early career fellows (including executive branch fellows) in Medicine, Engineering, and Health Sciences interested in the public policy landscape shaping science, innovation, and discovery.
This program explores how public policies shape medical and biological engineering. You will have the opportunity to hear from regulatory agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institute of Health (NIH). You will listen to policy experts and thought leaders explain the ramifications of proposed regulatory and policy initiatives. You will attend sessions taught by industry giants in the medical device and innovation sector. You will meet with government decision makers developing the public policies that govern patents, medical devices, pharma, and health and science legislation. You will network with early career participants in health and engineering across the nation.
By the end of the Institute, participants will be able to:
- Describe the current regulatory science framework and its role in the decision-making about the risks and benefits of medical products.
- Describe federal health policy initiatives that shape research and funding decisions
- Understand the role of the executive and legislative branches in developing policies governing the scientific enterprise
- Identify hot button issues in regulatory policy and health policy
- Identify the numerous stakeholders shaping public health in Washington, affecting the nation
Notable Speakers from Past Programming:
- Robbie Barbero, Ph.D., Assistant Director for Biological Innovation, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
- Justin Sanchez, Ph.D., Director, Biological Technologies Office, The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
- Patricia Shrader, J.D., Vice President, Global Regulatory Affairs, Medtronic
- Kyle J. Myers, Ph.D., Director, Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, FDA
- Rick Naples, Executive Vice President and Chief Regulatory Officer, BD
- Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D. President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
- Meena Seshamani, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Office of Health Reform, Department of Health and Human Services
- Susan Wood, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Health Policy, George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services; Director, Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health Services
- Matt Hourihan, Director, R&D Budget and Policy Program, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
The cost for the Institute is $395. Registration will open in summer of 2017.
Travel Awards for Underrepresented Minorities
AIMBE and BMES are committed to the building pathways and developing professional networks for underrepresented minorities (URM) to increase their retention and career success in biomedical engineering. To that end, AIMBE and BMES are partnering to introduce URM to public policy and the mechanisms shaping medical innovation and the scientific enterprise in Washington, from Capitol Hill to the Executive Branch. Under the auspices of the Coulter-funded BMES BME Minority Network program, travel awards will be available for up to 20 underrepresented minority undergraduate students, graduate students and postdocs to attend the annual AIMBE Public Policy Institute for Rising Leaders workshop. This 2-day workshop held in Washington, D.C., offers training in regulatory science and public health policy. Participants will have the opportunity to speak directly with world-wide regulatory leaders, public policy experts, health care advocates, top government officials and industry leaders; and to expand their career and networking options. Participants will also meet and hear from a high proportion of URMs serving in top science policy positions and role models in medical and biological engineering throughout industry and government.
Application period for Travel Awards: September 15 – October 15, 2017
Amount: Each awardee will be offered up to $1,400 to defray expenses associated with travel to the AIMBE Public Policy Institute. Allowable expenses include meeting registration, roundtrip economy airfare, and lodging.
To qualify for consideration the applicant must:
- Be a student member of BMES, or hail from an AIMBE Academic Council Institution
- Be enrolled as a full-time matriculating undergraduate or graduate student during the 2017-2018 academic year,
- Be from an underrepresented minority group (groups include African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaskan Americans, and Pacific Islanders),
- Have elected biomedical engineering as a primary educational concentration,
- Have a strong interest in learning about regulatory and public policies shaping medical innovation
To apply for a URM Travel Award to attend the AIMBE Public Policy Institute, the following items are needed:
- Statement of interest addressing why you are interested in participating in the Institute (250-500 words)
- One letter of recommendation from your advisor
- A curriculum vitae (CV) or resume is optional but appreciated
You may apply for the URM Travel Awards by emailing these items to Sarah Mandell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alston & Bird LLP
950 F Street NW, 2nd floor conference room
Washington, DC 20004
AIMBE does not reserve a block of rooms for the Policy Institute. Listed below are several hotels near the meeting location, where the Institute will take place. The meeting location is across from the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro stop on the Red, Green, and Yellow lines. For more information about traveling to and from the meeting location, please see their website.
Courtyard Washington Convention Center (closest hotel)
900 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Phone: (202) 638-4600
Renaissance Washington, DC (.04 mile, 8 minute walk)
999 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 898-9000
Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites (.05 mile, 11 minute walk)
500 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 289-5959
Contact Sarah Mandell, AIMBE Director of Research and Programming