Weekly Advocacy News Roundup
House Committee Approves Bill on Speeding Medical Innovation
May 21, 2015 | Science Insider
The House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee approved the 21st Century Cures Act, part of which would provide new funding for NIH. The bill will next go to the House floor for a vote.
- Visit the advocacy network to stay informed and take action on issues that affect neuroscience research at SfN.org.
Senate GOP Unveils Spending Cuts for 2016
May 21, 2015 | The Hill
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved their 302(b) allocations. The spending bills adhere to sequestration budget caps, and the bills were approved on a party-line vote.
- Learn more about congressional committees that are relevant to neuroscience research at SfN.org.
Russia Turns Screw on Science Foundation
May 28, 2015 | Nature
Russia’s Ministry of Justice labeled the Dynasty Foundation, Russia’s first private science funding organization, a “foreign agent.” Russian scientists fear this label might force the foundation to close.
- Find science funding advocacy tools at SfN.org.
Articles of Interest
White Matter Damage in Brain May Help Spot Early Alzheimer’s
May 27, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report
Damage to the brain's white matter may be an early sign of certain types of Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study.
- Learn more about Alzheimer’s disease at BrainFacts.org.
A Robot That Can Perform Brain Surgery on a Fruit Fly
May 27, 2015 | New York Times
A prototype developed by researchers at Stanford can outperform grad students, studying nearly a thousand flies in 10 hours.
- Read about the use of animals in research at BrainFacts.org.
Scientists, Not Politicians, Should Set Scientific Priorities
May 22, 2015 | The Hill
The CEO of the American Geophysical Union discusses how the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act does not allow for unbiased scientific evidence to inform policy formation.
- Find more information about neuroscience funding through NSF at SfN.org.