NIH Releases Plans to Enhance Rigor and Transparency of Funded Research

By | June 18, 2015

By Yvette Seger On June 9, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released two notices outlining the agency’s plans to enhance scientific rigor and experimental transparency in grant applications and peer review. Applicable to all funding opportunity announcements for the January 25, 2016 application deadline and beyond, the agency plans to release revised grant application… Read More »

House Appropriations Subcommittee Approves Bill to Increase NIH Funding

By | June 18, 2015

By Meg Thompson and Debra Speert On June 17, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) considered and approved the fiscal year (FY) 2016 bill that funds the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The bill would fund NIH at $31.2 billion, an increase of $1.1 billion above the FY 2015 level… Read More »

Captive Chimpanzees Designated as Endangered

By | June 18, 2015

By Anne Deschamps On June 15, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced that all chimpanzees will be listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Prior to this ruling, chimpanzees were “split-listed” with wild chimpanzees designated as endangered and captive chimpanzees designated as threatened. This designation allowed captive chimpanzees to be… Read More »

FASEB Comments on 21st Century Cures Act, Thanks Sponsors

By | June 18, 2015

By Elizabeth Barksdale In a letter dated June 12, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) thanked the sponsors of H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act, for making research a national priority and commended the Energy and Commerce Committee for advancing the bill through markup. FASEB specifically praised the authorization for increased… Read More »

NIH Advisory Committee Considers Recommendations for Future Directions

By | June 18, 2015

By Yvette Seger The 110th meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) included presentations on topics ranging from a new strategic vision for the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to a proposed NIH-wide strategic plan, as well as updates on the implementation of  recommendations accepted during… Read More »

NIH Symposium to Link Disease Model Phenotypes to Human Conditions

By | June 18, 2015

By Anne Deschamps The Office of Research Infrastructure Programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is hosting a symposium called, “Linking Disease Model Phenotypes to Human Conditions.” Taking place September 10-11, 2015 at the NIH Fishers Lane Auditorium in Rockville, Maryland, the purpose of the symposium is to discuss what is currently known about… Read More »

FASEB Comments on Microbiome Research

By | June 18, 2015

By Anne Deschamps On June 12, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) submitted a letter to the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in response to their Request for Information on microbiome research. Comments in the letter were drawn from a recent Breakthroughs in Bioscience article, “The Human Microbiome: Your Own… Read More »