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President Obama released his fiscal 2016 budget request on Feb. 2, and science funding was prominently featured. In addition to boosting funding for most science agencies, the budget also launched Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative.
Obama budget seeks big boost for science – Nature
BUDGET 2016 COVERAGE: A roundup of Obama’s science spending request – ScienceInsider
What will Obama’s budget have in store for digital health? – Politico
The significance of President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative – Brookings
Racial and ethnic diversity were in the news as they related to graduate education and enrollment in clinical trials.
Lack of diversity in graduate biomedical research education – Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Lung research survey highlights lack of minority subjects in many biomedical studies – ScienceInsider
A possible new grant mechanism at NIH (ASBMB Policy Blotter) – The NIH is asking for input on a proposed new grant mechanism for senior investigators.
Alexander, Murray announce initiative to examine drug, device development and review process (news release) – This appears to be the U.S. Senate’s counterpart to the House’s 21st Century Cures initiative
FDA head Margaret Hamburg to resign in March; Ostroff to be acting chief (The Washington Post) – FDA Commissioner Hamburg will step down after 6 years on the job.