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House Appropriations Committee hearing: advances in biomedical research ?>

House Appropriations Committee hearing: advances in biomedical research

  This week, the House Labor, Health and Human Services and Education subcommittee held an oversight hearing on advances in biomedical research at the National institutes of Health.  Witnesses included Francis Collins, director of NIH, as well as directors from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institute of Mental Health, National Cancer Institute, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

The deal is done ?>

The deal is done

Today, President Donald Trump signed into law an omnibus spending package funding the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year.  The package, drafted by congressional leaders, largely rejected the president’s FY17 spending recommendations, which proposed a $1.2 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health and a $350 million cut to the National Science Foundation. The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology criticized the president’s FY17 spending plan as well as his budget outline for FY18, saying,…

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2017 Hill Day Recap ?>

2017 Hill Day Recap

  This past week, the ASBMB held its annual Hill Day, bringing undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and midcareer researchers to Capitol Hill to discuss federal funding for scientific research with members of Congress and their staffs.  #ASBMBHillDay is underway! Meet the undergrads, #PhD students & #postdocs talking to lawmakers about their work: https://t.co/DL1ljWN04g. pic.twitter.com/ys9oJlJlTO — ASBMB (@ASBMB) April 6, 2017 Early Thursday morning Hill Day attendees put on their advocacy hats and descended on Capitol Hill. The next…

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House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Hearing: “Federally Funded Cancer Research: Coordination and Innovation” ?>

House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Hearing: “Federally Funded Cancer Research: Coordination and Innovation”

On Wednesday, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing titled “Federally Funded Cancer Research: Coordination and Innovation.” At this hearing, the committee heard testimony from Tammi Carr, mother of Chad Carr, who passed away from a rare brain tumor at the age of 4. Tammi Carr founded the ChadTough foundation, raising money for rare forms of pediatric cancer. The committee also heard from Mary Beckerle, CEO and director of the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University…

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House panel calls – once again – for greater congressional oversight of research proposals ?>

House panel calls – once again – for greater congressional oversight of research proposals

  The U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology earlier this month released its annual filing known as the Views and Estimates.  The committee, which is responsible for oversight of nonmilitary, nonbiomedical federally supported research and which oversees major research-funding agencies (including the National Science Foundation, NASA and the Department of Energy), reiterated its past calls for lawmakers to  play a larger role in the decision-making processes at those agencies. Though the document expresses the committee’s commitment to the…

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

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 because the agency historically has enjoyed bipartisan support. The president’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney, made Trump’s intentions clear at a press conference last week.  “This…

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Apply for the ASBMB Student/Postdoc Capitol Hill Day ?>

Apply for the ASBMB Student/Postdoc Capitol Hill Day

  The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is now accepting applications for our annual Student/Postdoc Hill Day! Every year, the ASBMB brings trainees from across the country to meet with their congressional leaders in Washington, D.C. This fully funded opportunity gives trainees the chance to help promote scientific research by directly interacting with policymakers. The deadline to apply is March 10. The event will be held April 5-6. Arriving on Wednesday, April 5, participants will take part in…

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What $15 billion could do for the research community ?>

What $15 billion could do for the research community

  As the new administration gets settled and sets its priorities, President Donald Trump and Congress presumably will be assessing how taxpayer dollars can be best utilized. In the coming month, Trump will begin to not only introduce a budget for the upcoming fiscal year but also push for specific initiatives that will require some level of funding to accomplish. The U.S. has a number of issues that require an intense look. Health care and job creation are among those…

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What we’re watching for ?>

What we’re watching for

The 115th Congress has begun its legislative work, and we’re five days into the presidency of Donald Trump.  To say that Washington, D.C., is active in these early days of 2017 is an understatement. The focus of political leaders is not – shockingly – how to handle biomedical research and science policy over the next couple of years.  The spotlight is focused on the future of the Affordable Care Act, who is going to pay for a southern border war,…

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Legislation update: The American Innovation and Competitiveness Act ?>

Legislation update: The American Innovation and Competitiveness Act

  On Saturday, the U.S. Senate passed the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act. This bill authorizes programs at the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Office of Science and Technology Policy. These programs include federal science, development and STEM programs. Below is a summary of sections of note: Title I: Maximizing investments in basic research Sec. 101. Reaffirms merit-based peer review. Reaffirms that NSF’s merit-based review process for grant applications is the appropriate process…

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