FASEB Comments on Challenges to NIH in Letter to Senate HELP Committee

By | May 21, 2015

By Elizabeth Barksdale In January 2015, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee released a white paper, Innovation for Healthier Americans, outlining challenges faced by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration that contribute to inefficiencies in the delivery systems for drug and medical products. The HELP Committee… Read More »

FASEB Submits Comments on 2015 America COMPETES Reauthorization Act

By | May 21, 2015

By Howard Garrison On May 5, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) submitted comments on the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. While expressing agreement with the committee’s findings on the importance of science and technology for this nation’s future security and prosperity,… Read More »

Inside (the Beltway) Scoop

By | May 21, 2015

By Jennifer Zeitzer  House Committee Recommends Small Increase for the National Science Foundation; Senate Appropriators Begin Consideration of Spending Bills; 21st Century Cures Moves Forward; New NIH Caucus Launched Congress had another busy few weeks, making additional progress on the fiscal year (FY) 2016 spending measures and approving legislation that will affect federal science agencies.… Read More »

FASEB Responds to NIH Request on Strategies to Improve Impact and Sustainability of Research

By | May 21, 2015

By Bethany Drehman The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) responded to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Request for Information on “Optimizing Funding Policies and Other Strategies to Improve the Impact and Sustainability of Biomedical Research.” In comments submitted electronically and in a letter to the Director of the National Institute of… Read More »

FASEB Responds to USDA Requests on Regulatory Burden and Amending the Animal Welfare Act

By | May 21, 2015

By Anne Deschamps and Debra Speert The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) submitted comments on two requests from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regarding animals in research. USDA regulates the care and use of certain species of animals in biological and biomedical research, and USDA regulations are enforced by the… Read More »

Draft Framework for Assessing Risks and Benefits of Gain-of-Function Research

By | May 21, 2015

By Bethany Drehman On May 5, the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) met to discuss a draft Framework for Conducting Risk and Benefits Assessments of Gain-of-Function (GOF) Research. This framework was developed in accordance with the U.S. government moratorium on GOF studies using one of three infectious agents—influenza, SARS, and MERS viruses—issued last… Read More »

FASEB President Testifies Before Congress

By | May 7, 2015

By Debra Speert The President of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), Joseph R. Haywood, PhD, testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services on April 29. Dr. Haywood advocated for sustained, predictable increases in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Haywood asked the subcommittee… Read More »