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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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UPDATED: Registration deadline for postdoc workshop – Jan. 6 ?>

UPDATED: Registration deadline for postdoc workshop – Jan. 6

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology has partnered with the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to present the 2012 Workshop for Postdocs Transitioning to Independent Positions. The workshop will be held on March 12-13, 2012, at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., and is designed to provide information for postdoctoral researchers making the transition to professional independence. Sessions include speakers from academia and industry who will present information on career planning, grant writing, networking and…

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NIGMS Names Acting Director ?>

NIGMS Names Acting Director

The National Institutes of Health have announced that Dr. Judith Greenberg, Ph.D., will serve as acting director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, effective July 1.  Current NIGMS Director (and ASBMB President-elect) Jeremy Berg has stepped down to join the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh.  Dr. Greenberg has been at NIGMS since 1981, having directed the Division of Genetics and Developmental Biology since 1988, and previously serving as acting director from 2002-2003 before Dr. Berg was appointed…

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NIGMS Releases Assessment of Glue Grant Program ?>

NIGMS Releases Assessment of Glue Grant Program

Last week, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences announced the release of a report assessing the impact and output of the Large-Scale Collaborative Project Awards program, also known as glue grants.  The report gave a mixed review of the program, citing both success and failures of individual projects.  Ultimately, the report found that “the program as a whole had not achieved outcomes commensurate with the scope of the awards and the overall investment in them.”  However, the report did…

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