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ASBMB provides feedback on latest NIGMS proposal to increase diversity ?>

ASBMB provides feedback on latest NIGMS proposal to increase diversity

  In August, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences requested feedback from the scientific community on the potential impacts of changing the funding vehicle for some of the institute’s undergraduate and predoctoral diversity programs.  The institute is seeking to support a broader swath of students by moving its undergrad diversity programs, which use the research education code (R25), to training grants (T32 or T34).  Training grants allow grantees to extend tuition support to undergraduate students, which is not possible…

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Science policy weekly news update: Sept. 22, 2017 ?>

Science policy weekly news update: Sept. 22, 2017

What’s new in Blotter news? In response to President Donald J. Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the ASBMB released a statement urging congressional action to codify DACA into law. ASBMB statement on Trump’s decision to end DACA Science Policy Analyst André Porter reports on the National Institute of General Medical Sciences’ advisory council meeting this week. Porter presented a statement by the ASBMB inquiring about the Next Generation Researchers Initiative during the public comments…

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Where we’ve been: attending the NIGMS advisory council meeting ?>

Where we’ve been: attending the NIGMS advisory council meeting

  The last National Institute of General Medical Sciences advisory council meeting of 2017 was held Sept. 14-15 with an open session Sept. 15.  The council meeting was led by NIGMS Director Jon Lorsch and covered collaborations across the National Institutes of Health, program updates and recent events hosted by the institute. Highlights from the meeting are below. You can watch a recording of the open session here, and we’re including timestamps on our highlights for your quick reference. 05:56 –…

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Where have we been? Attending the NIGMS advisory council meeting ?>

Where have we been? Attending the NIGMS advisory council meeting

  The second quarterly NIGMS council meeting of 2017 was held May 25-26 with an open session on the 26th.  The council meeting was led by NIGMS Director Jon Lorsch and covered upcoming NIH program/policy changes and events. Highlights from the meeting are below. Lorsch presented an overview of the proposed Grant Support Index, which was announced May 2.  This new policy will effectively cap the number of awards an investigator can be involved in by imposing a scoring system…

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Where Have We Been? Attending NIH Advisory Council Meetings ?>

Where Have We Been? Attending NIH Advisory Council Meetings

  National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council – National Institute of General Medical Services – 1/27/17 The first quarterly NIGMS advisory council meeting of 2017 was held Jan. 26 – 27 with an open session held on the 27th.  The council meeting was led by NIGMS Director Jon Lorsch and covered upcoming program changes and events. Highlights from the meeting are below. On April 5, NIGMS will be hosting its Early Career Investigator Lecture. Targeted to undergraduates, the lecture series…

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Catalyzing graduate education ?>

Catalyzing graduate education

In April, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences hosted a symposium called “Catalyzing the Modernization of Graduate Education.” The symposium preceded an article written by NIGMS Director Jon Lorsch and colleagues outlining graduate education issues and featuring potential solutions from innovative programs. ASBMB Education and Professional Development Manager Erica Siebrasse participated in the event. After the symposium, the NIGMS issued a request for information on strategies for modernizing biomedical graduate education, to which the ASBMB responded. Read more about…

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Senate moves to increase NIH budget ?>

Senate moves to increase NIH budget

On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) voted 29-1 to approve a bill that proposes a $2 billion increase in funding at the National Institutes of Health, putting the agencies budget at $34 billion.  The Labor, Health and Human Services and Related Agencies Appropriations bill for fiscal 2017 now will move to the full Senate for a vote. “This bill sets priorities for federal programs that support the health and well-being of Americans,” said Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran, R-Miss. …

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New leadership at the National Institute for General Medical Sciences ?>

New leadership at the National Institute for General Medical Sciences

This morning, the National Institute for General Medical Sciences named Jon Lorsch as the new director of the institute. Dr. Lorsch comes to the National Institutes of Health from Johns Hopkins University where he headed a lab working on translation initiation using yeast as a model organism. Within the NIH, NIGMS is the fourth largest institute in terms of appropriations, but it has been without a full-time director since Jeremy Berg, current ASBMB president, stepped down in 2011. Over 20…

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Chris Kaiser withdraws candidacy as new NIGMS director ?>

Chris Kaiser withdraws candidacy as new NIGMS director

On April 25, just days before he was to take the helm of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, Chris Kaiser withdrew his candidacy as the incoming director of NIGMS for “personal reasons.” Kaiser, a cell biologist and head of the department of biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was scheduled to replace Judith Greenberg, who has been serving as acting director since July. Greenberg will continue as acting director as the selection for the new NIGMS director…

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Reorganizing as a result of NCATS approval has begun at NIH ?>

Reorganizing as a result of NCATS approval has begun at NIH

On Dec. 23, President Obama signed into law the FY12 omnibus appropriations bill that officially established the new National Institutes of Health center, the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. NCATS will replace the National Center for Research Resources, and the NIH already has begun to put in motion plans to redistribute several programs originally housed in the NCCR. The first steps in the reorganization process were announced Wednesday with the establishment of two new divisions at the National Institute…

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