Press Releases

ASCB statement on Trump Fy17 budget proposal

March 30, 2017

The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) strongly urges Congress and the Trump Administration to recognize the benefits research has to our nation, including its role as an economic driver. In particular, the ASCB calls on Congress to ignore the Trump cuts and ratify the FY17 budget increases for the NIH that have already been…

New cell membrane fusion model challenges dogma

March 22, 2017

Membrane fusion lies at the heart of many cell functions—from the secretion of antibodies to the release of neurotransmitters. For more than two decades, one view of the process by which membrane fusion occurs has been accepted as dogma; now recent studies indicate that fusion is more complex. These discoveries are being regarded by at…

ASCB dismayed at Trump science budget proposal

March 16, 2017

The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) is dismayed at the proposed budget cuts to federal scientific research agencies as outlined in the White House’s recently published fiscal year 2018 budget request. This first proposal of the Trump Administration calls for slashing the National Institutes of Health funding by $6 billion (or roughly 20% of…

Policy Statements

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.

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About ASCB

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ASCB History

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.