About the ASCI
The American Society for Clinical Investigation seeks to support the scientific efforts, educational needs, and clinical aspirations of physician-scientists to improve the health of all people.
The ASCI comprises more than 3,000 physician-scientists from all medical specialties representing the rich diversity of backgrounds inherent to those they serve. The ASCI is dedicated to the advancement of research that extends our understanding and improves the treatment of diseases of all people, and members are committed to mentoring future generations of physician-scientists of diverse backgrounds and biomedical disciplines. Founded in 1908, the ASCI is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected nonprofit medical honor societies and is a key organization focused on the special role of physician-scientists in research, clinical care, and medical education, in addition to leadership roles many members hold in academic medicine and the life-sciences industry.
Each year, the ASCI Council considers nominations of several hundred physician-scientists and recommends no more than 80 for election based on outstanding scholarly achievement. Election is a milestone in the physician-scientist career path, and the ASCI holds its members to the highest standards of integrity, professionalism, mutual respect, and collegiality — fostering a culture of trust and inclusivity.
The ASCI self-publishes two journals:
- The Journal of Clinical Investigation. Founded in 1924, the JCI is a peer-reviewed biomedical research journal recognized for its broad readership and impact.
- JCI Insight. Launched in 2016, JCI Insight is a peer-reviewed journal that presents research with a focused line of investigation which provides meaningful and impactful contributions to the understanding of the biology of disease or new therapeutic opportunities.
The ASCI is a member society of two organizations that work to promote increased federal funding and sound science policy through direct Congressional advocacy and member participation:
For more background of the ASCI, see:
- A history of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (J.D. Howell), 2009, Journal of Clinical Investigation.
- History of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, 1909-1959 (E.R. Brainard), 1959, Journal of Clinical Investigation.
- A brief sketch of the history of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (J. Harold Austin), 1948, Journal of Clinical Investigation.
Resources for the media
The ASCI offers a media-friendly summary of the Society and downloadable logos.