What We Do

Improving the quality of healthcare is an essential national and global priority. In this effort, society relies upon biomedical researchers to discover medical treatments, cures, and preventative measures that will alleviate human suffering. The productivity of these biomedical researchers is dependent upon the philosophy, design, and the quality of the educational program in which they are trained. Today’s most effective researchers operate in an environment characterized by international, multi-disciplinary collaboration which requires new skills and perspectives that are not part of traditional doctoral training programs.


Established in 2005 as a public-private partnership, the International Biomedical Research Alliance (The Alliance) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization comprised of a group of dedicated private citizens with the shared aim of training a new generation of top biomedical researchers. Our mission is to invest in and accelerate the development of the future leaders in biomedical research through a unique global doctoral training model that leverages the combined expertise of the National Institutes of Health in the United States and the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge in the United Kingdom – the NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program.


The Alliance has been a source of ideas and support for trainees in the prestigious NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program to complement their bench research with unique educational experiences. We provide financial support beyond that which the Scholars Program is capable and fund initiatives such as:

Lasker Lessons in Leadership lecture series developing leadership strategies for MD/PhD students and postdoctoral fellows which is a collaboration with the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation

Attendance at the “American Nobels” the annual Lasker Awards in New York City

Career Development Field Trips

Annual Scientific Research Workshop

Peer group social activities

Laboratory Scholarships

Annual Science Recognition Awards

Networking and mentorship opportunities

Scholar educational training

Educational conference and travel awards

Expanding affordable housing in the Bethesda, Maryland area enabling scholars to have easy access to the laboratories at the National Institutes of Health

In short, we help cultivate a community of young scientists on their way to becoming world-class biomedical researchers to improve the health of our world.