Weekly Advocacy News Roundup
Jul 31, 2015
Budget Showdown Leaves U.S. Science Agencies in LimboJuly 28, 2015 | Nature News
Congress has less than three weeks in early September to reach a budget deal for 2016, and the likely scenario of a temporary deal leaves many agencies in limbo and at risk for budget shortfalls.
- Learn more about the U.S. funding process at SfN.org.
NIH Dreams of an Additional $323 Million for Alzheimer’s ResearchJuly 28, 2015 | Science Insider NIH released a bypass budget proposal for Alzheimer’s disease which requests $1.06 billion for Alzheimer’s research in FY2017. The requests identifies several areas of interest including research projects, clinical trials, and studies about caregiver support.
- Read more about Alzheimer’s disease at BrainFacts.org.
Elizabeth Warren, Newt Gingrich Team Up For NIHJuly 27, 2015 | Boston Globe Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Newt Gingrich appeared together at a Capitol Hill forum to discuss the importance of medical research and how investment in research will save the government money down the road.
- Read more about NIH funding for neuroscience at SfN.org.
UK Public Funding on R&D Holds Up Despite AusterityJuly 23, 2015 | Times Higher Education The UK Office for National Statistics’ released a report examining public spending on R&D from 2009-2013. The report suggests that after several years of decreases in total public spending on R&D, there was a slight recovery in 2013.
- Find information about science funding in the UK at SfN.org.
Articles of Interest
Circadian Rhythm May Be Result of These Changes in the Brain, Scientists SayJuly 30, 2015 | Medical Daily A new study shows that axonal plasticity is required for maintaining circadian rhythm and for season adaptation of these rhythms.
- Learn more about the circadian system at BrainFacts.org.
A Scientist Deploys Light And Sound To Reveal The BrainJuly 27, 2015 | NPR Lihong Wang uses light and sound to create highly detailed images of the living brain. The technology may eventually be able to monitor brain activity in real time and sharp enough to see an individual cell.
- Read about other technologies used in neuroscience research at BrainFacts.org.
Letter: Senate Must Act On Bill To Advance ResearchJuly 24, 2015 | Buffalo News Mary Woolley, President and CEO of Research!America, discusses the need for the Senate to craft their version of the 21st Century Cures Act in order to help prioritize biomedical and health research funding.
- Join the advocacy network to stay informed and take action on issues that affect neuroscience research at SfN.org.
Is Science In Crisis?July 25, 2015 | The Baltimore Sun Two researchers discuss recent concerns over funding for science and concerns about reproducibility, and that both of these issues need to be resolved for science to continue to be a benefit to society.
- Find science funding advocacy tools at SfN.org.