The bipartisan House and Senate Budget Conference Committee will meet in the coming days to negotiate the 2014 top-line budget. As they meet, it is important your legislators hear from you about the impacts their decisions can have on biomedical research. Ask your legislators to reverse sequestration and ensure programs such as those that support lifesaving biomedical research are able to receive the highest level of funding possible.
A new bill signed into law on November 27 removes the spending cap in The Chimpanzee Health Improvement, Maintenance, and Protection (CHIMP) Act, so NIH can begin to transfer most NIH-owned chimpanzees into the federal sanctuary system.
The Belgian government is petitioning the European Commission to allow it to forbid addiction research on nonhuman primates in Belgium and possibly stop non-human primate research completely.