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May 28, 2009

AAU Issues Comments on Draft NIH Stem Cell Guidelines

The Association of American Universities (AAU) has provided comment on proposed NIH Stem Cell Guidelines (see below). May 27, 2009 AAU President Robert M. Berdahl yesterday submitted AAU’s comments on proposed guidelines for human embryonic stem cell research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The AAU letter praises President Obama’s March 9, 2009…


April 29, 2009

Conflict of Interest Rules Proposed for Medical Research

A recent report from the Institute of Medicine recommends that researchers and medical faculty members decline all gifts from medical companies and refuse to publish or present material that is ghostwritten for such companies in order to avoid real or perceive conflicts of interest.   The recommendations also suggest broader reporting requirements of researchers’ ties to…


April 27, 2009

President Obama Makes Remarks to National Academy of Sciences

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ____________________________________________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 27, 2009   Remarks of President Barack Obama – As Prepared for Delivery National Academy of Sciences Washington, DC April 27, 2009   It is my privilege to address the distinguished members of the National Academy of Sciences, as well as the…


April 22, 2009

Sebelius Nomination Draws Fire but Advances

The nomination of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius to head the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) advanced out of the Senate Finance Committee yesterday, leaving only a vote of the full Senate. What was once expected to be a rather comfortable confirmation has evolved into a rather partisan debate over President Obama’s intentions…


NIH Short-Term Faculty Recruitment Program Deadline Approaching

The deadline for submitting letters of intent to participate in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) short-term faculty recruitment program is April 29, 2009. Final applications are due one month later, on May 29.  NIH plans to obligate up to $100 million in Economic Recovery Act funds for the program by September 30, 2010, contingent…


April 17, 2009

NIH Issues RFA for $200 Million in Recovery Act Funding

The National Institutes of Health seeks applicants for $200 million in grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for large-scale research projects that are likely to spur growth and investment in biomedical research, public health and health care delivery. Funding priorities include research on information technology that lets physicians share radiological images across health…


March 10, 2009

President Obama Reverses Stem Cell Research Ban, Issues New Research Guidelines

Yesterday, President Obama lifted a ban on the use of federal funds for research on embryonic stem cell lines created after August 2001. The executive order directs the National Institutes of Health to develop appropriate guidelines for the research. President Obama’s decision reverses the order issued by President Bush on August 9, 2001, which limited…


March 6, 2009

NIH Releases Details on Additional Recovery Act Opportunities

On March 5th, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) made available on its website additional information and announcements about grant opportunities created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).  The announcements and background information are posted on the NIH ARRA website.


March 4, 2009

NIH Announces ARRA Challenge Grant RFA

Introducing the NIH Challenge Grant RFA OD-09-003 NIH has received new funds for Fiscal Years 2009 and 2010 as part of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 (Recovery Act). The NIH has designated at least $200 million in FYs 2009 – 2010 for a new initiative called the NIH Challenge Grants in…


February 18, 2009

NIH Outlines Spending Plan for $10.4 Billion of Economic Recovery Package Funding

Today in a briefing at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Acting NIH Director Raynard Kington provided an outline of the plan his agency will utilize to spend the $10.4 billion provided in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. However, Dr. Kington mentioned many times during the briefing that the details…



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