Weekly Advocacy News Roundup
December 21, 2015 | The Hill
In the new year, the Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chair of the Senate Health Committee, will be turning attention to a medical innovation bill that is the Senate’s version of the 21st Century Cures Act, which has already passed the House. The idea behind both bills is to speed up the Food and Drug Administration’s approval process for new drugs and boost funding for research at NIH.
- Learn about the public funding of neuroscience at SfN.org.
Senator Durbin Announces Progress Towards Restoring U.S. Commitment to Scientific and Biomedical Research
January 4, 2016 | eNews Park Forest
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) recently highlighted the $2 billion increase he was able to secure in the Omnibus Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2016 for NIH, which was based on targeted funding levels set by his American Cures Act. Durbin has championed increased investment in research, authoring bills such as the American Innovation Act and the American Cures Act to set steady growth rates in federal appropriations for biomedical and scientific research.
- See further information about the government funding of neuroscience research at SfN.org.
January 1, 2016 | U.S. News & World Report
Lawmakers from both parties have talked publicly about the need to spend more on medical research, and Congress has for the first time in a dozen years significantly increased the budget for NIH. These developments follow a targeted lobbying campaign by Act for NIH, which in September 2014 joined the scores of patient groups, drug companies, scientific societies and universities that have been asking Congress to increase NIH funding for years.
- Read more about neuroscience funding from NIH at SfN.org
Articles of Interest
December 17, 2015 | Stat News
Public awareness of concussions has soared in recent years and will likely jump again with the release of the movie Concussion last month. Stat News has published a recent series on concussions, featuring interviews, informative animations, and the latest research.
- Learn more about concussions at BrainFacts.org.
Biomedical Science Studies Are Shockingly Hard to Reproduce
January 4, 2016 | Smithsonian Magazine
This week, the biology arm of the Public Library of Science (PLOS), a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization, launched a new section solely dedicated to meta-research. The section will explore issues such as transparency in research, methodological standards, sources of bias, data sharing, funding and incentive structures. The move aims to address the recent focus on reproducibility and the difficulty in replicating a large proportion of the results across numerous disciplines.
- Read about steps taken by SfN to tackle scientific rigor concerns at SfN.org.
December 22, 2015 | The Hill
Following the announcement of NIH’s plans to phase-out the use of monkeys at its research facility in Poolesville, Maryland, SfN President Hollis Cline and chair of SfN’s Committee on Animals in Research Mar Sanchez are featured in The Hill highlighting the importance of animals in research. Drs. Cline and Sanchez also sent a letter to NIH Director Francis Collins requesting a meeting to discuss the Poolesville closing and the response from both the scientific community and animal rights activists.
- Find out more about animal research advocacy at SfN.org.
December 27, 2015 | New York Daily News
Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR) President Frankie Trull had an op-ed defending the use of dogs in medical research despite animal-rights activists’ efforts to end canine research in the United States. The op-ed discusses how certain animal rights groups are putting the lives of dogs in danger by campaigning against animal research that is saving both human and animal lives.
- Join the advocacy network to stay informed and take action on issues related to neuroscience research at SfN.org.
December 22, 2015 | Science Insider
Science Insider interviewed Rep. John Culberson (R–TX) on his views on scientific priorities and his polarizing actions as he completes his first year as chairman of the Commerce, Science, and Justice appropriations subcommittee, which sets the budgets for NASA and NSF.
- Read about congressional committees relevant to neuroscience funding at SfN.org.