Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus

The Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus held a briefing featuring Allan Basbaum of the University of California, San Francisco. His talk, “Pain Research: On the Verge of a Breakthrough,” can be viewed at www.coalitionforlifesciences.org.

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Yes We Can Cure: The Obama Years

With the election approaching, we are on the cusp of new leadership, new agendas, and new ideas, so now is a good time to assess how biomedical research has fared under the Obama administration. Here’s a look at some of President Obama’s actions that promoted  … Read more

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Researcher Who Made the Fly Fly Again in Genetics Criticizes NIH Narrowing of Model Organism Support

“The NIH’s broad and species-diverse program of basic research during the last 60 years generated a revolution in our understanding of biology and medicine,” writes Allan C. Spradling, professor at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Baltimore and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, in  … Read more

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Will Increasing Small Business Set-Asides Harm Basic Research?

Congress is considering whether to increase the mandatory set-asides to the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. The set-aside funding mechanism takes a portion of the budgets of 11 agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National  … Read more

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Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus

There was standing room only for Robert Langer’s presentation at the Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus on July 8. Langer, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, gave a talk entitled “Bioengineering the Future.”

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Washington in Review

As Congress nears the end of its legislative session for 2016, here is an update on recent legislative activities that affect biomedical research. National Institutes of Health (NIH) The House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Other Agencies (Labor HHS) Appropriations committee recommended funding  … Read more

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Remembrance of Wastebooks Past

Senator Jeff Flake’s (R-AZ) recently released “wastebook” entitled Twenty Questions: Government Studies That Will Leave You Scratching Your Head, has indeed left research advocates scratching their heads. The wastebook targets federally funded research projects that Flake and his staff deemed unworthy of taxpayer funds and  … Read more

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Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus

The Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus held a briefing featuring Huda Akil of the University of Michigan. Akil’s presentation was focused on a very serious national epidemic: opioid addiction. Her talk, “Understanding Vulnerability to Opioid Addiction,” can be viewed at www.coalitionforlifesciences.org.

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Washington in Review

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a spending bill for programs funded through the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill, which includes funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Committee approved a $2 billion boost in FY17 for the  … Read more

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Washington in Review

The Senate Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Subcommittee has met and marked up its FY17 bill, which includes funds for the National Science Foundation (NSF). The subcommittee provided no increase for NSF, proposing $7.5 billion for FY17. The National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of  … Read more

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