Weekly Advocacy News Roundup
NIH BRAIN Initiative Launches Collaborative Agreements With Canadian and Australian Neuroscience Organizations
September 1, 2015 | NIH Brain Update
The NIH Brain Initiative announced two new partnerships with the Brain Canada Foundation and the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council to support involvement of Canadian and Australian researchers in the Brain Initiative.
- Watch a webinar discussing advocacy around the world at Neuronline.
U.S. to Finalize New Human Subject Protections
September 2, 2015 | Science Insider
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is preparing to tighten rules designed to protect human participants in research funded by the federal government and some private entities.
- Join the Advocacy Network to stay informed and take action on issues that affect neuroscience research at SfN.org.
Over Half of Psychology Studies Fail Reproducibility Test
August 27, 2015 | Nature News
As part of the Reproducibility Project, a team of researchers repeated work from already-published papers, and found that only a third of the studies could be replicated.
- Read about steps being taken by SfN to address scientific rigor concerns at SfN.org.
Articles of Interest
The Fully Immersive Mind of Oliver Sacks
August 31, 2015 | Wired
Famed neurologist and author Oliver Sacks died this week. While he was lauded for his writings on neurological case studies, the author had started confronting his own history and case study as he faced the end of his life.
- Watch Dr. Sacks discuss Charles Bonnet syndrome, in which visually impaired people experience lucid hallucinations at BrainFacts.org.
Can Exercise Change your Brain?
September 2, 2015 | The New York Times
Although new studies indicate that physical activity in the elderly is associated with a ‘younger brain’ and less cognitive decline, how can we tell if this is more than just a correlation? Scientists are studying athletes who begin training late in life in order to learn about the effect of exercise on aging and the brain.
- Read more about exercise and the brain at BrainFacts.org.