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  • icon-advocacy-statement October 19, 2015 ASPET Joins FASEB’s 125,000 Researchers in Letter Calling on Congress to Raise Spending Caps, Increase Science Funding
      ASPET President Dr. Kenneth Thummel joined over 20 FASEB Society Presidents in signing a letter urging Congress to raise the spending caps and pass a bipartisan budget that includes increased funding for scientific research. Earlier this year, the importance of federal investment in biological and biomedical science and research was recognized by the House and Senate Appropriations Committees…
  • icon-advocacy-news October 19, 2015 Senate Appropriations Hearing on NIH
      The Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies met in an open session at 10:00AM on Wednesday, Oct 7th, 2015 in Room SD-124 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. The hearing was entitled NIH: Investing in a Healthier Future. During the subcommittee hearing, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) asked Collins about the effect Congress's failure to come to t…
  • icon-advocacy-news October 19, 2015 No Mandatory Money in Senate Innovations
    CQ HealthBeat reports that it is unlikely mandatory funding for research will be included in the Senate's version of the House's 21st Century Cures Act. According to reports, there are similar increases in the underlying agency authorizations in both bills, but due to a lack of viable offsets, the Senate will not include a mandatory fund in its "Innovations" legislation. This does not mean that m…
  • icon-advocacy-news October 2, 2015 Congress Passes CR to Fund Government through December 11th
      This week the House and Senate passed a continuing resolution (CR) that will fund federal government agencies through December 11th and the President signed the bill into law before midnight, averting a government shutdown. The CR allows agencies to fund FY2016 programs at the FY2015 level ($1.017 trillion for the total government). From a political standpoint, however, nothing was resolved; …
  • icon-advocacy-news September 29, 2015 National Academies Releases Recommendations for a New Regulatory Framework
        This week the National Academies released a report titled, “Optimizing the Nation's Investment in Academic Research: A New Regulatory Framework for the 21st Century, Part 1.” The report details the expansion of the federal regulatory system and asserts that the current regulatory framework is negatively impacting the effectiveness of the US research investment by allowing administrat…
  • icon-advocacy-news September 29, 2015 HHS Posts Contingency Plans as Appropriations Outcome Remains Uncertain
      The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has posted contingency plans for agency operations in the absence of appropriations. NIH would continue patient care for current NIH Clinical Center patients, minimal support for ongoing protocols, animal care services to protect the health of NIH animals, and minimal staff to safeguard NIH facilities an infrastructure. NIH would not admit n…
  • icon-advocacy-news September 29, 2015 NIH Announces New Deputy Director for Extramural Research
        NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins announced this week the selection of Michael S. Lauer, MD, as the new Deputy Director for Extramural Research. Dr. Lauer started at the NIH in 2007 as the Director of the Division of Prevention and Population Science at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and from 2009 to the present he has served as the Director of the Division of …
  • icon-advocacy-news September 29, 2015 New FASEB Factsheet calls on Congress to Restore NIH Funding
      FASEB kicked off an autumn advocacy campaign this month to encourage lawmakers to increase funding for research in the United States. In preparation for upcoming congressional budget negotiations, FASEB released a new research funding factsheet urging members of Congress to pass a fiscal year 2016 budget bill that includes a 5.8 percent increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The …
  • icon-advocacy-news September 29, 2015 ASPET Coalition Partner Praises New FDA Science Board Report
      The Alliance for a Stronger FDA has issued a statement praising the newly released FDA Science Board Report titled, “Mission Possible: How FDA Can Move at the Speed of Science”, asserting that the report reinforces the need for additional resources. This report follows up on the 2007 report, “FDA Science and Mission at Risk,” which brought attention to several deficiencies within the agency. The…
  • icon-advocacy-news September 14, 2015 HHS Proposes Revisions to the Common Rule for Protection of Human Research Subjects
      The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced plans to significantly update the regulations protecting human research subjects. The current regulations that protect individuals who participate in research, which have been in place since 1991, are followed by 18 federal agencies and are often referred to as the Common Rule. They were developed at a time when research was pr…
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