The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) is pleased with the announcement by the White House that Francis Collins has been permanently reappointed as Director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). Since being selected by President Obama in 2009 to lead the NIH, Dr. Collins has offered stable leadership to the American scientific…
The Trump Administration has released its final, detailed FY18 federal budget and it is just what was expected: short on funding. The Trump proposal calls for an 18% overall cut for the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) with individual cuts for NIH Institutes and Centers ranging from 18% to 23%. The only exception is…
ASCB has a strong reputation as a leader in life science policy and as a “go-to” group for state, national, and international policymakers in need of critical information or advice on life science policy issues.
White Papers and Position Papers
One way ASCB educates government officials is through publication of Position Papers outlining ASCB’s position on critical science-related issues. ASCB Public Policy Committee Taskforces also produce White papers on specific topics of interest to the cell biology community.
ASCB Letters and Official Policy Comments
The ASCB also sends official letters in response to official requests for comment from agencies like the NIH and the NSF and to policymakers in Congress and federal agencies.
To read recent letters and policy comments by the ASCB, go to Letters and Official Policy Comments.
Director of Public Policy and Media Relations
Ruth Lehmann, President
ASCB is an inclusive, international community of biologists studying the cell, the fundamental unit of life. We are dedicated to advancing scientific discovery, advocating sound research policies, improving education, promoting professional development, and increasing diversity in the scientific workforce. ASCB has 8,500 members and members in 57 countries around the world.