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…

Who will be the next director of the NIH?

  This January will not only mark a new year but a new administration and with that over 4000 new presidential appointees across the federal government.  One appointment that has the potential to either hinder or benefit the biomedical research community is that of the director of the National Institutes of Health.  The NIH, with a…

ASBMB Congressional Briefing: A Continuing Resolution’s Impact on Research

  The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology held a congressional briefing Tuesday about the effects that a long-term continuing resolution would have on the biomedical research community. Speakers included Harry Stein, director of fiscal policy at the Center for American Progress; Thomas Baldwin, president-elect of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology…

Members of the ASBMB’s PAAC and ASAPbio weigh in on the NIH’s RFI on Preprints

  Last month, the National Institutes of Health released a request for information to get from the scientific community input on the inclusion of preprints and interim research products in grant proposals and reports.  Below are responses from ASAPbio and members of the ASBMB’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee, Drs. Rick Page, Matthew Gentry and Susan Forsburg.   ASAPbio serves…