Inside (the Beltway) Scoop

Congress Considers another Short Term Spending Agreement; Negotiations Begin on Compromise Tax Bill; FASEB Issues Alert Opposing Graduate Student Tuition Waiver Tax After a short Thanksgiving break, Members of Congress returned to Washington facing several critical year-end deadlines; how to keep federal agencies operating after the current “continuing resolution” (CR) expires on December 8 is… Read More »

Heads of NIH and FDA Update Congress on 21st Century Cures Act

On November 30, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing on implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act, signed into law a year ago. Scott Gottlieb, MD, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Francis Collins, MD, PhD, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), offered testimony about… Read More »

Inside (the Beltway) Scoop

Appropriators Wait for News on A Budget Deal; FASEB Advocates to Raise the Caps; House and Senate Tax Bills Impact Universities; Trump Nominates New Health Secretary The current “continuing resolution” (CR) that is funding government agencies expires December 8, a date that has not escaped the attention of appropriators, who are anxious for Congressional leaders… Read More »

Women of Color in STEM: Progress, Challenges, and New Opportunities

On November 10, the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine hosted a workshop that explored the current state of women of color working in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The first panel examined progress to date and issues – new or previously… Read More »

Is your research a clinical trial? The answer may surprise you!

Background In October 2014, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced a change in its definition of a clinical trial, to take effect in January 2015. The new definition, which applies only to NIH-funded clinical trials, reads: “A research study in which one or more human subjects are prospectively assigned to one or more interventions… Read More »