Scientists hear mixed messages on political support for biomedical research and the NIH

The White House’s budget rollout last week sent shockwaves through the scientific community broadly and National Institutes of Health supporters specifically.  President Donald Trump, in his “skinny budget” release, called for a $5.8 billion cut to the NIH’s budget, 19 percent of fiscal year 2016 appropriations for the agency.  The cut came as a surprise…

ASBMB Statement on President Donald Trump’s FY2018 Budget Proposal

President Donald Trump released his first budget proposal on Thursday.  Included in that proposal is a $5.8 billion cut in funding for the National Institutes of Health. Benjamin Corb, director of public affairs for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, has provided the following statement in response to the proposal: A $6 billion…

ASBMB statement on President Donald J. Trump’s executive order restricting immigration

In response to an executive order on immigration issued by President Donald J. Trump on Friday, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology released the following statement: The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, an organization representing more than 11,000 biomedical researchers, educators and students, is concerned about the potential impact on the…

NIH transition – trying to provide clarity

Today has been an interesting day, and it is best explained chronologically. This morning, ASBMB public affairs staff learned that an email went out today to senior National Institutes of Health officials apparently instituting new, though temporary, procedures for correspondence with public officials.  The email states that all correspondence must be approved by the Department…

A brief statement regarding the use of preprints in NIH grant review

All three of the ASBMB’s peer-reviewed journals (Journal of Biological Chemistry, Journal of Lipid Research, and Molecular & Cellular Proteomics) accept submissions of manuscripts hosted on preprint servers.  While the ASBMB doesn’t oppose preprints being included in grant applications, some members do have concerns about how preprints will be used and whether they will increase…

ASBMB Statement on Passage of 21st Century Cures

ASBMB Statement on 21st Century Cures Statement from Benjamin Corb, public affairs director of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: “The ASBMB applauds Rep. Fred Upton, Rep. Diana DeGette, Sen. Lamar Alexander and Sen. Patty Murray for their bipartisan cooperation in drafting, managing and now passing the 21st Century Cures Act.  And we…

Transition Update – One week in

Transition Updates President-elect Donald Trump is putting together his Cabinet. It was widely reported yesterday that neurosurgeon and former presidential candidate Ben Carson took himself out of the running for consideration as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, citing his lack of experience in running an agency.  Others in the running…