Weekly Advocacy News Roundup
Smith Introduces Bill to Advance U.S. Scientific Leadership
April 15, 2015 | Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Press Releases
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) introduced the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015, which includes suggested funding levels for NSF and other programs.
- Find information about congressional committees relevant to neuroscience at SfN.org.
Research Advocates Watch, Warily, as Congress Tries to Finish Its Budget Outline
April 13, 2015 | Science Insider
As Congress returned after a two week recess, a top priority for House and Senate Republican leaders is to reconcile different versions of budget plans, including reconciling portions on NIH funding.
- Read more about the federal budget and appropriations process at SfN.org.
UK Funders Demand Strong Statistics for Animal Studies
April 15, 2015 | Nature News
UK science funding agencies released new guidelines for animal experiments due to concerns that some studies are using too few animals, which may lead to low-quality results.
- Learn about the science funding process in the UK at SfN.org.
Articles of Interest
Acting out Dreams Is Often Early Sign of Parkinson’s Disease
April 14, 2015 | FOX News
New research suggests that a sleep disorder that makes people act out their dreams may be an early warning sign of Parkinson ’s disease.
- Read more about Parkinson’s disease at BrainFacts.org.
Dementia ‘Halted in Mice Brains’
April 15, 2015 | BBC News
A drug that impacts the brain’s immune system prevented mice from developing characteristics of dementia, including having fewer damaged proteins and having better performance on memory tests.
- Find more information about dementia at BrainFacts.org.
Science Matters to Voters, So Why Is It Ignored by Our Politicians?
April 11, 2015 | The Guardian
As the general election approaches in the UK, this opinion article discusses how science and technology have been left out of political debates and speeches.
- Visit the advocacy network to stay informed about issues related to neuroscience at SfN.org.