Committee Participation

Definition

Participation in advisory, standards, or other governmental or nongovernmental committees. 

Rationale

Service in expert committees can include making recommendations for a range of levels, including operations of institutions, grant funding, device manufacture, and drug regulation. Participation is often voluntary, but sometimes paid, and can be a significant time commitment in addition to regular scientific activities. 

Guidance

Advice from authors on searching for information:

Data sources provided here are only a few examples of local, federal, and discipline-specific committee types. Committee lists are often found in “Governance” sections of websites. 

Resources & Data

Organizations, repositories, websites, and other sources where you can find more information:

Local

Institute for Clinical and Translational Science  
The ICTS leadership structure has several governance committees to assess the progress and future strategies of the institute. Committees include a Governing Council, External Advisory Committee, Executive Committee, and Operations Committee. 

General

American Society of Hematology
ASH has several scientific committees that set research and policy agendas and identify research opportunities. 

National Institutes for Health 
The NIH Center for Scientific Review houses study sections that review research grant applications submitted to NIH. Study sections are tightly focused to ensure adequate expertise from peer reviewers (i.e., AIDS Molecular and Cellular Biology, Pathobiology of Kidney Disease, etc.). The NIH also has many councils and federal advisory committees on which scientists serve. 

U.S. Food and Drug Administration 
The FDA has several topic-specific advisory committees whose members are experts in their field. Members serve on panels to provide recommendations. Committees include medical devices, patient engagement, pediatrics, and tobacco products.  

Data Limitations

Challenges you may encounter while searching for information:

Websites vary in the degree to which they make the list of committee members public, and if so, whether the list is current. Direct contact with the institution may be required. 

Publications

Articles, books, and other publications in translational science using the indicator:

Atici EA, Erdemir AD. Ethics in a scientific approach: The importance of the biostatistician in research ethics committees. J Med Ethics. 2008 Apr;34(4):297-300.  doi: 10.1136/jme.2006.019349.

Kendler KS. A history of the DSM-5 scientific review committee. Psychol Med. 2013 Sep; 34(9): 1793-1800. doi: 10.1017/S0033291713001578.

McComas KA, Tuite LS, Sherman LA. Conflicted scientists: The “shared pool” dilemma of scientific advisory committees. Public Underst Sci. 2005 Jul; 14(3): 285-303. doi: 10.1177/0963662505052891.

Case Studies

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