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…

Transition Update – One week in

Transition Updates President-elect Donald Trump is putting together his Cabinet. It was widely reported yesterday that neurosurgeon and former presidential candidate Ben Carson took himself out of the running for consideration as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, citing his lack of experience in running an agency.  Others in the running…

Guest Blog: Jeremy Berg talks Sustainable Research Funding

Below is a guest post by Jeremy Berg of the University of Pittsburgh. Berg is a past president of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, a past winner of the ASBMB’s Howard K. Schachman Public Service Award and the new editor-in-chief of the journal Science. Berg helped lead ASBMB’s advocacy efforts during his…

Appropriations Update – House making progress

Last month, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal 2017 appropriations bill for Labor, Health and Human Services and Related Agencies, the spending bill that provides annual funding for the National Institutes of Health.  Don’t remember the details from that bill?  You can click here for our coverage, but the bottom line is the Senate…

House appropriators hear from NIH director on FY17 budget request

It’s appropriations season on Capitol Hill, and committees are hearing testimony from agency heads justifying their fiscal year 2017 budget requests.  Later this week, we’ll provide a review of the National Science Foundation hearing, but today let’s look at the National Institutes of Health hearing highlights. What we learned U.S. House appropriators really like the…

Science policy news: weekly roundup: February 26, 2016

The roundup is formatted with the title of the story, followed by the news source in parentheses and a brief summary. If you find a particularly interesting article, please send it to smartin@asbmb.org for inclusion in next week’s roundup. U.S. President Barack Obama called for Congress to provide $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight…

Science policy news: weekly roundup: February 12, 2016

The roundup is formatted with the title of the story, followed by the news source in parentheses and a brief summary. If you find a particularly interesting article, please send it to smartin@asbmb.org for inclusion in next week’s roundup. The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology hosted a summit in Washington, D.C. to discuss…

Biomedical research deserves funding, not gimmicks

The American biomedical research enterprise is a national treasure. As such, biomedical research broadly, and the National Institutes of Health specifically, should be funded as a national priority. Sadly, as we enter the fiscal 2017 budget season, President Obama has proposed budget gimmickry over sustained investments, and the community should flatly reject this proposal. Yesterday,…

The ASBMB Sustainability Summit

Training periods and trainee populations have increased over the past decade despite stagnant federal funding, resulting in a research workforce that is expanding beyond the capacity of the available funding to support it. A variety of groups have written reports describing these problems in great detail and made a series of recommendations to fix them.…