GAO Report: Women Still Underrepresented in Clinical Trials

Anniversaries are supposed to be good time events. This year marks the 25th anniversary of a landmark report by the Government Accounting Office (GAO) on the lack of inclusion of women in clinical research and trials supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Last  … Read more

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The Federal Budget: Will They or Won’t They?

On October 7, Francis Collins, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director, issued a dire warning to Senate appropriators: “If Congress cannot come to a budget agreement and federal agencies are funded for a full year at FY15 levels, the impact on biomedical research funded by  … Read more

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Science Debate Interrupts Washington Summer

The quiet, traffic-free days of summer in Washington were interrupted in mid-July when the morning news led with stories about a surreptitiously videotaped “interview” with a Planned Parenthood employee who did not know she was being recorded and did not know the actual affiliation of  … Read more

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Three Things That Don’t Belong Together

The federal budget, the Confederate flag controversy, and the Planned Parenthood controversy. You wouldn’t think these three things are connected, but in Washington, DC, anything is possible. Congress had been making surprisingly steady progress toward approving the 12 appropriations bills that will ultimately make up  … Read more

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Budget Guidelines Make Fundamental Biological Discovery a Priority

It is a quirk of the federal budget process that before federal agencies know when or even if Congress will pass a budget for FY16, they are already beginning to put together their FY17 budget requests. This process began in July when John Holdren, Director  … Read more

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NSF Forced to Defend Itself, Again

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) has introduced another bill altering the grant approval system at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Rep. Smith, chair of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, has introduced two other bills in recent years that make significant changes to the grant  … Read more

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One House Down, One to Go for the 21st Century Cures Act

After detailed study and examination, on July 10 the House of Representatives passed H.R.6, the 21st Century Cures Act, by a vote of 344 to 77. The bill, which modernizes the drug discovery process from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to the Food and  … Read more

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A Chilly Climate for Science Funding

Both the House of Representatives and the Senate are beginning to build the FY16 federal budget, and despite widespread support for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) among congressional leaders, there seems to be a chill in the air when it comes to overall support  … Read more

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Congressional Action Backs Congressional Words on NIH Budget

It’s one thing for politicians to say they support something, but it’s an entirely different thing when they back up their words with money. Such has been the case recently as the Appropriations Committees in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives announced funding  … Read more

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ASCB’s Public Policy

Publications ASCB Newsletter – Public Policy Briefing 2013 April – Page 1304/01/2013 March – Page 1003/01/2013 January – February – Page 5502/01/2013 2012 December – Page 912/01/2012 November – Page 1911/01/2012 October – Page 1110/01/2012 September – Page 2609/01/2012 August – Page 1108/01/2012 July07/01/2012 June06/01/2012  … Read more

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