A farewell to the ASBMB

Today I bid farewell to the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. After three and a half years at the ASBMB, I will start in a new position next week as the director of Rescuing Biomedical Research. I have enjoyed my time at the ASBMB mostly because I have been able to work on,…

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.…

Winners announced from ASBMB / FOR joint Hack Day

This post was written by Gary McDowell, Cara Weismann and Chris Pickett. The Boston Future of Research recently held its second symposium focusing on data collection and transparency regarding career opportunities in the scientific enterprise. The discussion covered the data that should be collected, by whom and for what purpose. The conversations also touched on…

Announcing the ASBMB/FOR Hack Day on Oct. 24

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is pleased to announce a partnership with the Boston Future of Research to jointly host a Hack Day on Saturday, Oct. 24 to find innovative solutions to collecting data and tracking biomedical scientists throughout their careers. Graduate student and postdoc populations have increased significantly over the past…

A Strategic Plan for the NIH

The fiscal 2015 spending package that became law carried a provision directing the National Institutes of Health to develop its first strategic plan. Lawrence Tabak, principle deputy director of the NIH, presented the current framework of the strategic plan at a meeting of the Advisory Council to the Director last week. This was followed by…

Toward a sustainable biomedical research enterprise: More work required

On Monday, members of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology published a Perspective in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “Toward a sustainable biomedical research enterprise: Finding consensus and implementing recommendations” describes eight recommendations addressing some of the most pressing problems faced by the enterprise. Today’s post will discuss the ASBMB’s…

Toward a sustainable biomedical research enterprise: Coordinated implementation of recommendations

Yesterday, members of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology published a Perspective in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “Toward a sustainable biomedical research enterprise: Finding consensus and implementing recommendations” describes eight recommendations addressing some of the most pressing problems faced by the enterprise. Today’s post will focus on coordinated implementation…

Toward a sustainable biomedical research enterprise: An author’s perspective

Today, members of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology published a Perspective in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “Toward a sustainable biomedical research enterprise: Finding consensus and implementing recommendations” describes eight recommendations addressing some of the most pressing problems faced by the enterprise. This post is a synopsis of what…

Research reproducibility rises to the top

The National Institutes of Health and a highly publicized perspective recently focused the attention of the biomedical research community on reproducibility and rigor. The NIH has been working on reproducibility and rigor for several years since the publication of reports from industry leaders claiming most preclinical research was irreproducible. While NIH policies on research reproducibility…