Jan-Feb 2014 ASCB Newsletter - page 50-51

of research would be severely restricted and
would adversely affect them and the work
they do. This ‘scientific sequestration’ would
compromise the quality of their work and
would foster a detached and increasingly
isolated federal research program.”
Bertuzzi continued, “The scientific
process does not take place in a vacuum.
It is collaborative and depends heavily on
interaction and the exchange of ideas and
information that can only take place face-
to-face at a scientific meeting. Not only is it
important for researchers to share the results of
their work with colleagues but it is critical for
scientists to be able to learn what other research
is taking place in their area of expertise.”
In follow-up meetings and conversations
with ASCB Public Policy Director Kevin
Wilson, Senate staff members have expressed
their agreement with ASCB’s concerns. The
ASCB will continue to lead the way on this
issue in 2014.
—Kevin M. Wilson
Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus
The Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus (CRBC) is celebrating its 25th year of informing and educating members
of Congress about potential and actual advances in healthcare arising from our investment in biomedical research.
The CRBC is bipartisan and bicameral and takes no dues from members. Representatives Steven Stivers (R-OH),
Charles Dent (R-PA), Jackie Speier (D-CA), and Rush Holt (D-NJ) are the current co-chairs. During each session of
Congress, some of the country’s leading research scientists provide members of Congress with monthly briefings about
cutting-edge research. The CRBC has been proud to sponsor presentations by prominent scientists, including several
Nobel laureates, to address such topical issues as women’s health, cystic fibrosis, heart disease, gene therapy, and effective
drug design. Many of the stunning advances highlighted in their presentations have led to improved understanding of the
causes of and treatment for human disease.
The 2014 briefing series continues the tradition by featuring talks on emerging technologies, bold initiatives, and
research that will transform human health. The general public is invited to attend these presentations, which start at 12:00
noon. If you are interested in attending, please contact Lynn Marquis at
2014 Briefing Series
Feb. 26
The BRAIN Initiative: Building on a Century of Basic Research
Cori Bargmann, The Rockefeller University
Cannon Room 122
April 2
Understanding Circadian Rhythms: Understanding Sleep Disorders
Michael Rosbash, Brandeis University
Rayburn Room B-340
May 7
HIV/AIDS in 2014: Progress and Priorities
Anthony Fauci, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, NIH
Rayburn Room B-340
June 18
Paying Dividends: How Federally Funded Biomedical Research Fuels the
Pharmaceutical Industry in the United States
Mark Tessier-Lavigne, The Rockefeller University
Rayburn Room B-340
July 16
Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Advances and Potential
Lawrence Goldstein, University of California, San Diego
Rayburn Gold Room, Room 2168
July 30
CRISPR: The Game Changing Therapeutic Technology
Feng Zhang, McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT
Rayburn Gold Room, Room 2168
Sept. 10
Aging and the Normal Brain
Carol Barnes, University of Arizona
Rayburn Gold Room, Room 2168
NIGMS Hosting Online “Cell Day” for Young
Students: Join Live or View Later
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) is hosting an
interactive Web chat for middle and high school students on cell biology
and careers in research. Students can post questions and get answers from
NIGMS staff scientists.
You are welcome to log on and view the chat live on Friday, February 28, anytime between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm EST. You
may also access the transcript the following week. More information about Cell Day is available at
Did You Know…?
You Can Gather Information with the ASCB
Science Navigator
You have a three-in-one, online science intelligence gatherer available at your fingertips—the ASCB Science Navigator:
Simultaneously query three Navigator applications:
ASCB BioExpert Navigator—identify scientific expertise and networks of experts
ASCB Clinical Trials Navigator—trace the basic research behind clinical trials
ASCB BioNews Navigator—keep up to date on the latest news about the biopharmaceutical and related industries
Retrieve 1,000 relevant results at a time.
View a 10-minute tutorial to guide you through the Science Navigator step by step.
All you need to access the Science Navigator is your ASCB membership login and password. Go to
and click on
the ASCB Science Navigator icon to start your search.
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