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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Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus

The Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus held a briefing on May 20, 2016, featuring Han-Xiang Deng of Northwestern University. Deng’s presentation was entitled “Unearthing the Cause of ALS.” To view his presentation, visit http://bit.ly/1nQTPq2.

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Postdocs Working 9 to 5?

A rule just released by the Department of Labor (DOL) may have an important effect on the jobs of postdocs. The new rule arises from a proposal that President Obama announced last summer to extend overtime protection to millions of Americans. The president directed the  … Read more

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Washington in Review

The House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations (Labor-HHS) Subcommittee held a hearing on March 16 to discuss the president’s FY17 budget request for the National Institutes of Health. The Senate Labor-HHS Subcommittee held its hearing on April 7. The Senate  … Read more

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Congressional Biomedical Research Caucuses

The Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus began its briefing season on March 23. Mark Fishman from the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research presented a talk entitled “How to Make New Drugs? Start with Basic Research!” On April 15, Scott Weaver, from the University of Texas Medical  … Read more

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The Shaming of Basic Research: Scientists Defend Themselves on Capitol Hill

For politicians, they were wastrels of public money. For talk show hosts, they were the subjects of can’t-miss jokes. They are scientists whose federally funded research had been held up for public shaming, and they finally got a chance to tell their side of the  … Read more

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Fetal Tissue Vital to Medical Research, ASCB Tells House Panel

Noted stem cell researcher and former chair of the ASCB Public Policy Committee Larry Goldstein told a politically charged congressional subcommittee hearing on March 3 that, “Fetal tissue and cells that would otherwise be discarded play a vital role in modern cutting-edge medical research. These  … Read more

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President Obama’s Budget Is Released with a Bang but Received with a Whimper

President Obama’s final budget, for FY17, was expected to continue the funding growth for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) seen in the FY16 appropriations bill (which increased the NIH budget by 6.6%, or $2 billion). Surely, with a President so firmly committed to advancing  … Read more

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Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus 2016 Briefing Series

All presentations will be from noon until 1:00 PM in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-340. April 15 Zika Virus: What Is It and Can We Stop It? Scott C. Weaver, University of Texas Medical Branch May 20 Unearthing the Cause of ALS Han-Xiang  … Read more

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