Soliciting comments for the Clinical and Translational Science Awards program

The Institute of Medicine panel tasked with reviewing the Clinical and Translational Science Awards program at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences is asking for public input on the successes and failures of the program. The CTSA program makes grants to institutions that perform clinical and translational research and also train scientists in how…

FY12 Appropriations bill introduced in the House

Late Wednesday evening, U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) announced the final nine FY12 appropriations bills had been combined into a large omnibus bill and introduced in the House. In addition to the nine appropriations bills, the legislation package includes a bill providing funding for disaster emergencies and a bill containing offsets…

Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY 2012 Budget for NIH and NSF

The past two weeks have seen tremendous activity in the Senate Appropriations Committee, particularly from subcommittees that control funding for the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. On September 15, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed the FY 2012 Commerce, Justice and Science subcommittee appropriations bill. The CJS subcommittee controls funding allocations for…

New NIH Center Mentioned in President’s Speech

On Saturday, September 17, President Obama gave at speech at Thomas Jefferson High School in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC while signing into law the America Invents Act, which among other things, restructured the nation’s patent process.  During his speech, President Obama said the following: “We live in a world that is changing so…

Sebelius Responds to Questions About NCATS

Work by Nature has uncovered a letter written by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius about the creation of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences at the National Institutes of Health. The letter, dated July 6, 2011, comes as a response to poignant questions from, Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., who back in…

Dr. Barbara Alving Resigns as NCRR Director

On Tuesday, August 16, Dr. Barbara Alving announced her resignation as the director of the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) effective October 1, 2011. Dr. Alving has served at NCRR since 2005, first as the acting director before being named director in 2007. One of Alving’s signature accomplishments was the…