Weekly Advocacy News Roundup
21st Century Cures Bill Sails Through House
July 10, 2015 | Science Magazine
21st Century Cures, a bill to speed the discovery and development of new medical treatments, was approved by a strong majority in the U.S. House of Representatives last Friday.
- Read more about neuroscience funding through NIH at SfN.org.
Congress Pushes NIH to Spur Breakthroughs Through PrizesJuly 16, 2015 | Science Insider
The 21st Century Cures Bill includes a new program to launch prize competitions at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is a model that has worked in other agencies and in the private sector in the past.
- Learn details about the 21st Century Cures Bill and others that impact neuroscience by joining the Advocacy Network.
Neuroscientists Discuss Research Challenges at Capitol Hill Briefing
July 13, 2015 | Society for Neuroscience
Along with NSF and the Ocular Society, SfN hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill to highlight NSF funded researchers and specifically the gains that have been made since the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative began funding research.
- Read more about initiatives funding neuroscience research around the world at SfN.org.
Articles of Interest
Inhaled Ebola Vaccine Stops Virus in Monkeys, Study Finds
January 13, 2015 | New York Times
A single dose of a new Ebola vaccine that can be inhaled has been found to neutralize the deadly virus in monkeys.
- Read “Ebola on the Brain” at the Brainfacts.org Blog.
Screams Tap Into Brain's Fear Response
July 16, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report
What makes a bloodcurdling scream so, well, bloodcurdling? A new study says the answer lies not in the volume but the frequency range – one that's shared by the shrill alarm sounds that startle people in everyday life.
- Learn about all of your senses, including hearing, on BrainFact.org’s Senses and Perception page.
Scientists Fix Rogue Protein in Mice That Leads to Alzheimer's, Brain Damage
July 15, 2015 | USATODAY
A group of Harvard scientists has figured out how to undo early damage to a protein that leads to Alzheimer's and the lasting effects of brain injuries – at least in mice.
- For a primer on how Alzhiemer's disease impacts humans, watch neuroRAPTnews’s video “Alzheimer's Disease Episode 1 - Where It All Began” on YouTube.