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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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NIH Clinical Trials Report Language: What’s Next?

March 30, 2018

The basic science community greeted with much enthusiasm report language attached to the omnibus spending bill that seeks to delay “NIH’ s more expansive interpretation of ‘interventions’ in relation to fundamental research projects involving humans” and to “consult with the basic research community to determine the reporting standards best suited to this kind of research.”  The language references one of several applicable policies, in particular New Review

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Coalition Meets to Discuss “Human Rights in STEM Education”

February 16, 2018

The AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition hosted on January, 25-26, 2018, a meeting focused on “Human Rights in STEM Education.” The coalition, founded in 2009, aims to connect scientists and human rights practitioners, so that scientific evidence and methods can be used to inform human rights issues around the world.

Rush Holt, AAAS CEO, kicked off the meeting with a reminder of Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that “everyone

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