U.S. House budget proposal gives NIH $38.3 billion, a 3% increase
The U.S. House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education appropriations budget proposal for fiscal year 2019 gives the National Institutes of Health $38.3 billion, up $1.25 billion from fiscal year 2018. This builds upon a recent trend of increased funding to the NIH after a lengthy period of budget stagnation. The subcommittee is voting on the bill today. Read more here.
China’s primate labs poised to fill research niche
Robust government funding and demand for additional research using higher-order animal models have spurred the creation of large primate centers throughout China. Prominent U.S. researchers, mostly neuroscientists, have increasingly been collaborating with Chinese researchers to create transgenic primates to develop treatments for brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. These experiments are prevented in the U.S. by policies stemming from ethical concerns about primate research. Read more here.
National Academies releases recommendations to reduce sexual harassment in science
The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine released a series of recommendations to reduce sexual harassment in science. The recommendations state that current reporting methods are insufficient. The National Academies urges that institutions, scientists, scientific societies, and federal agencies create an inclusive and welcoming environment to prevent sexual harassment and propose that research institutes implement informal reporting mechanisms and be transparent about their investigations of sexual harassment allegations. The National Academies, however, did little to address critics’ demands to strip academy membership from those who are sexual harassers. Read more here.