FASEB Hosts Discussion on Rigor and Reproducibility of Research Using Mouse Models

By | August 27, 2015

On August 12, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) hosted a dialogue about the challenges of research with mouse models. The event was the first of three planned roundtable discussions on scientific rigor and reproducibility presented by FASEB. The goal of these discussions is to produce guidelines to facilitate investigator compliance with… Read More »

Inside (the Beltway) Scoop

By | August 27, 2015

Congress Faces a Busy September; Senate Democrats Urge Republicans to Begin Budget Negotiations; FASEB Plans Fall Advocacy Activities A long “to do” list, competing deadlines, and a tight calendar await lawmakers when they return to Washington after Labor Day. Approving an agreement to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, passing a continuing resolution (CR) to… Read More »

National Science Board Deliberates Regulatory Burden

By | August 27, 2015

The National Science Board (NSB) Working Group on Administrative Burdens reported on their progress addressing burdensome regulations that divert scientists’ efforts from their research during an August 12 and 13 meeting at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Working group chairman Arthur Bienenstock, PhD, began the session by describing NSB’s role in a number of existing efforts… Read More »

OMB Seeks Input on Reducing Reporting Burdens

By | August 27, 2015

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is seeking feedback on ways to reduce unnecessary reporting burden for recipients of federal grants and contracts. Comments submitted through OMB’s National Dialogue website will be used “to identify specific suggestions and ideas that can be turned into burden-reducing solutions without compromising accountability and integrity.” Through… Read More »

Additional Reporting Requirements Would Not Benefit Research Animals, Warns FASEB

By | August 27, 2015

In comments submitted to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) expressed concern about a petition to amend the Animal Welfare Act Regulations (AWR). The petition, submitted by the National Anti-Vivisection Society, requested that USDA amend AWR recordkeeping to require additional reporting categories, such as location… Read More »

NIH and NSF Announce Agreement on Animal Welfare Oversight

By | August 27, 2015

On August 10, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).  The agreement centralizes oversight of animal activities funded by the Public Health Service (PHS) and NSF under the purview of one office at NIH. Prior… Read More »

FASEB Leaders Advocate for Biological Research

By | August 13, 2015

On August 11, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) President Parker Antin, PhD, and President-Elect Hudson Freeze, PhD, traveled to Washington to advocate for biological research. In meetings with offices in the Senate and White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), they made the case for increased support for research and reductions… Read More »