Advocacy Spotlight: Kristeena Ray Wright

ASBMB’s Advocate Spotlight highlights the efforts of science advocates to share the importance of biomedical research. If you know someone telling the story of science to legislators to advance science policy, email smartin@asbmb.org so that we can consider him or her. Kristeena Ray Wright is a graduate student at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va.

Omnibus Released – NIH Increase Coming?

Early Wednesday morning, the U.S. House Rules Committee released the text of the long-awaited omnibus spending package to fund the government for fiscal 2016. The package, which outlines $1.1 trillion in federal spending for the coming fiscal year, includes a much-needed increase to the National Institutes of Health budget. The proposal includes a $2 billion…


State-funded stem cell research matters

The National Institutes of Health has enforced three distinct federal funding policies for human embryonic stem-cell research through the administrations of Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama. In 2001, George W. Bush placed restrictions on the use of federal funds for human embryonic stem-cell research, leading some state governments to fund the research themselves. California established…


Winners announced from ASBMB / FOR joint Hack Day

This post was written by Gary McDowell, Cara Weismann and Chris Pickett. The Boston Future of Research recently held its second symposium focusing on data collection and transparency regarding career opportunities in the scientific enterprise. The discussion covered the data that should be collected, by whom and for what purpose. The conversations also touched on…

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Where Have We Been? Attending Congressional Briefings!

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology held a briefing on the importance of research in dogs to improve canine and human health. Timothy Nichols of UNC-Chapel Hill, Amy LeBlanc of the National Cancer Institute and Elaine Ostrander of the National Human Genome Research Institute discussed their research into a variety of canine ailments…