Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) Listening Session


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On August 11, 2021, NIBIB participated in a listening session with stakeholders on the proposed Advanced Research Project Agency for Health (ARPA-H).  NIBIB Director Dr. Bruce Tromberg was joined by leaders of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the Academy for Radiology and Biomedical Imaging Research, and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine to discuss the benefits of ARPA-H to advances in bioengineering and biomedical imaging. The session also included the Directors and stakeholders of the National Human Genome Research Institute and the National Library of Medicine. Statements and related information are below. 

    Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Information and Reports

    Upcoming Events

    A listening session to provide the community a forum for responding to the summary report by OSTP, including what may be missing or need modification, and provide input on how ARPA-H can engage effectively with stakeholders will be held on:

    October 20, 2021 | 2:30 - 4:00 PM ET

    Comments or questions may be submitted in advance to More information about this event will be posted on the NIH ARPA-H events page as it becomes available. 

    NIH-OSTP Listening Session on ARPA-H: Genomics, Biomedical Engineering and Imaging, and Health Informatics and Medical Libraries

    Welcome and opening remarks:

    • Dr. Francis Collins, NIH Director
    • Dr. Tara Schwetz, Assistant Director for Biomedical Science Initiatives, OSTP
    • Dr. Eric Green, Director, NHGRI
    • Dr. Bruce Tromberg, Director NIBIB
    • Dr. Patti Brennan, Director NLM

    Stakeholder comments:

    • Dr. Maximilian Muenke, Chief Executive Officer, American College of Medical Genetics
    • Dr. Gail Jarvik, President ASHG, American Society of Human Genetics
    • Dr. Gillian Hooker, President, National Society of Genetic Counselors
    • Dr. Mitchell Schnall, President, Academy for Radiology and Biomedical Imaging Research
    • Dr. Tejal Desai, President, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
    • Dr. J. Daniel Bourland, President-Elect, American Association of Physicists in Medicine
    • Dr. Gretchen Purcell Jackson, AMIA’s Board Chair/President-Elect, American Medical Informatics Association 
    • Dr. Taner Sen, ISCB Public Affairs and Policy Committee, and US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, International Society for Computational Biology 
    • Dr. Kristine Alpi, President, Medical Library Association


    Closing - Dr. Francis Collins

    NIBIB Stakeholder Statements

    Dr. Mitchell Schnall

    Academy for Radiology and Biomedical Imaging Research

    Dr. Tejal Desai

    American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering 

    Dr. J. Daniel Bourland

    American Association of Physicists in Medicine

    Bruce Tromberg standing by NIBIB sign

    Dr. Bruce Tromberg, NIBIB