Science policy news: weekly roundup: September 25, 2015 ?>

Science policy news: weekly roundup: September 25, 2015

The roundup is formatted with the title of the story, followed by the news source in parentheses and a brief summary. If you find a particularly interesting article, please send it to for inclusion in next week’s roundup.


Breaking News: Speaker John Boehner retiring from Congress at the end of October (Politico)

U.S. Representative Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, held a press conference with National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins to remind Congress that a government shutdown would have a very negative impact on research projects and cause patients treated there to be turned away.

Van Hollen on government shutdown: Patients will be turned away from NIH (Washington Post)

Van Hollen and NIH head to warn against government shutdown (WTOP)

Van Hollen, NIH chief implore Congress to stop shutdown (Federal Times)


NIH warns federal shutdown would hurt sickest Americans (WTOP)

If the government shuts, don’t plan on visiting Yellowstone, financing your home or getting your tax refund (Washington Post)

Government shutdown fears: NIH would have to turn away critically ill patients (Fierce Healthcare)


Advisory committee to NIH director Francis Collins revealed their plan to execute the Precision Medicine Initiative this week.

Blueprint in hand, NIH embarks on study of a million people (Science Insider)

One Giant Leap for Precision Medicine: One million research cohort to help millions of Americans who suffer from disease (Policy@Intel)

Precision Medicine Initiative Moves Forward (Healthcare Informatics)

How to Study 1 Million Patients’ Medical Charts (Scientific American)

White House, 18F Partner to Advance Genomic Health Research (GovTech)

NIH opens precision medicine study to nation (Science)


U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R- Miss., introduced a bill to reward advancements in Alzheimer’s research through XPRIZE.

US Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) Introduces Bill to Help Combat Alzheimer’s Disease (Y’all Politics)

Initiative launched to help find Alzheimer’s disease cure (DJournal)


Understanding challenges to diversity in science

National Institutes of Health addresses the science of diversity (PNAS)

Racial disparities in college major selection exacerbates earnings gap (Daily Herald)


End in sight for revision of US medical research rules (The Lancet) Rules which govern the use of human participation in research are targeted for finalization near the end of 2016.

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