Policy and Advocacy News

NSF Issues Awards to Advance a National Research Infrastructure for Neuroscience

August 1, 2017 | National Science Foundation

NSF awarded 17 Next Generation Networks for Neuroscience (NeuroNex) grants to researchers across the country to advance novel sharable resources and computational models for studying the brain. NeuroNex is part of NSF’s Understanding the Brain project and the BRAIN Initiative.

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Jordan Stakes its Future on Science

August 2, 2017 | Nature

Hosting the World Science Forum is part of Jordan’s ongoing push to become a regional research powerhouse. Jordan’s leaders see science as an engine for economic growth and in 2005, the government created the Jordanian Scientific Research Support Fund to help build research capacity.    


U.S. Rep. Tom Cole: Taking Care of Our Health, Education and Jobs

July 27, 2017 | Tulsa World

In this op-ed, Rep. Tom Cole, chair of the House Labor, Health and Human Services Subcommittee, discusses how the recently approved appropriations bill will benefit Americans. Cole emphasizes the $1.1 billion increase to NIH’s budget and how these additional funds will support Alzheimer’s, mental health, and substance abuse research.

Articles of Interest

Elderly Chimps May Get Alzheimer's, Renewing Interest in Studying These Animals

August 1, 2017 | Science

Researchers have discovered signs of Alzheimer’s disease in elderly chimpanzee brains. These finding suggest that studying chimps could help researchers better understand and treat Alzheimer’s. Some are skeptical that the chimp brains match humans, but agree that further research is needed.


NFL-NIH Research Partnership Set to End with $16M Unspent

July 28, 2017 | ESPN

The NFL and NIH partnership, which began with a $30 million donation from the NFL to NIH for brain research, will end this August, with more than half of the money left unused. NIH officials decided to suspend the relationship months ago in response to a dispute in which the NFL backed out of a study awarded to a researcher critical of the league.

University of Maryland Scientists Research Gene Linked to Depression

July 29, 2017 | The Baltimore Sun

A new study has identified the role a central gene, Slc6a15, plays in a type of neuron involved with depression. Researchers found that mice with depression had reduced levels of the gene’s activity. The team hopes these findings could lead to new therapeutic discoveries for those with depression who do not respond to medications on the market.