• ASBMB 2016 Annual Meeting

Incentivizing Great Research

sponsored by the Public Affairs Advisory Committee

Sunday, April 3, 2016
12:30pm - 2:00pm
San Diego Convention Center, Room 6A

The American scientific enterprise is renowned for the quality of research it produces. However, pressures on individual scientists to publish in high-impact journals, secure grants, obtain promotion and tenure, and comply with regulations may be weakening the quality of American science by providing perverse incentives that can interfere with the pursuit of groundbreaking discoveries.

The Public Affairs Advisory Committee Symposium at Experimental Biology 2016 will focus on identifying such counterproductive pressures and examining how they can best be managed to incentivize outstanding research. The format will be a panel discussion, featuring distinguished panelists with expertise in four relevant topics:

1. Incentives in Publication (e.g., pressures to publish, evaluating research quality, reproducibility and significance, etc.).
Panel Member:
Randy Schekman, Ph.D., Howard Hughes Investigator; Professor of Cell and Development, University of California, Berkeley; Editor-in-Chief, eLife 

2) Incentives in Funding (e.g., funding pressures, balancing translational and basic science, evaluating great science, etc.).
Panel Member: Jon R. Lorsch, Ph.D., Director, National Institute of General Medical Sciences, NIH 

3) Incentives in Workforce Advancement and Tenure (e.g., balancing collaborative and individual science, the meaning of tenure, relevant metrics, etc.).
Panel Member: Vivian S. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., Senior Vice President, University Health Sciences; CEO, University of Utah Health Care; Dean, University of Utah School of Medicine

4) Regulatory Incentives (e.g., minimizing burden while maximizing gain, compliance issues, unfunded mandates, etc.).
Panel Member: Joseph R. Haywood, Ph.D.
, Assistant Vice President for Regulatory Affairs, Michigan State University

Following the brief presentations, there will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions, join in the discussion and share their views on how best to incentivize great research.