Science policy weekly roundup: August 24, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: August 24, 2018


What do you think about NIH efforts to support next generation of researchers?

The National Institutes of Health is proposing recommendations to support the next generation of researchers, and we at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology want to know what you think. We will collect your feedback and send it to the NIH. Submit your opinion and view a timeline of the ASBMB’s involvement here.

U.S. Senate passes NIH appropriations bill

In an 85-7 vote on Thursday, the U.S. Senate passed a funding bill to increase the NIH budget by $2 billion in fiscal year 2019. Because the U.S. House has yet to pass its version of the funding bill, it is unclear whether the House will adopt the Senate version of the funding bill or pass its own. Read more here.

Senate committee holds confirmation hearing for Trump pick to lead White House science office

Kelvin Droegemeier, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, testified Thursday to the Senate committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. In light of Trump’s poor relationship with the science community, many senators asked how Droegemeier would ensure that scientific evidence would be taken seriously. Senators also questioned him about international competition, sexual harassment in science and climate change. Read more here.

NIH director testifies to Senate oversight committee about prioritizing cures

Francis S. Collins, director of the NIH, testified to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee regarding the health agency’s role in prioritizing cures. Several senators asked for updates on specific health disparities including Alzheimer’s disease, the opioid crisis and obesity. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., questioned the role of the Foundation for the NIH and its recent scandals that forced the NIH to retract high-profile studies funded by private companies. Warren suggested that soliciting funding from private entities lead to corruption. Watch the full hearing here.

NIH releases letter warning about foreign influence in science

In a letter sent Monday to several research institutes, the NIH warned the science community about threats from foreign governments to the U.S. science enterprise. The agency has seen diversion of intellectual property to other countries, grant applications being shared with foreign entities, and failure by researchers to disclose foreign funding. The NIH has created a working group to address these issues. Read more here.

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