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AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition on July 12th

June 29, 2018

The AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition will host a Symposium on Higher Education and Human Rights on July 12th in Washington, DC. The Coalition was formed in 2009, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has served as the secretariat since its inception. FABBS was a founding member of the Coalition, in addition to the American Psychological Association, the American Educational Research Association, and many other scientific societies.

The

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NIH Outlines Plan to Address Basic Scientists’ Concerns

June 29, 2018

In response to Congressional report language (see pages 34-35), and in follow up to a recent meeting among NIH and a group of stakeholders, NIH has developed a plan to “address the shared interests of involved stakeholders” and is preparing to “move forward so that [they] can widely communicate the delayed enforcement and lenient implementation described in the plan.” Within the next two weeks, NIH will issue guide notices and a Request for Information (RFI). FABBS will

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NICHD Commits to Five-Year Strategic Plan

May 23, 2018

Details are emerging about the process the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) is pursuing to craft a new strategic plan.  In 2011, former NICHD Director Alan Guttmacher led a scientific “visioning” process, which outlined future research directions, but did not develop a traditional strategic plan.  Since her arrival in 2016, NICHD Director Diana Bianchi has expressed an interest in developing a comprehensive strategic

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FABBS and Colleagues Meet with NIH to Chart Course on Clinical Trials

May 23, 2018

Since mid-2017, FABBS has interacted with NIH —and later, appropriators— about our scientific community’s concerns with NIH’s inclusion of basic science involving humans in its clinical trial policies. Given the continuing concerns earlier this year, House and Senate appropriators included Congressional report language in the Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus appropriations bill. The report language directed NIH to halt implementation of the clinical trial policies as they

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