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FABBS Responds to NIH Requests for Comment

March 1, 2019

FABBS submitted comments to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) draft themes for their strategic plan. FABBS’ comments highlighted specific examples of how behavioral and cognitive sciences have contributed to NICHD accomplishments and identified where these sciences are currently missing in the draft themes. The plan is expected to strongly influence NICHD’s future research directions and funding decisions, including

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BRAIN Initiative Team E Invites FABBS to Present on Cognitive and Behavioral Opportunities

March 1, 2019

On February 19, Nora S. Newcombe, Temple University, FABBS board president, and Jeffrey M. Zacks, Washington University, FABBS board member, presented to the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Team for Integrative and Quantitative Approaches: Opportunities for the BRAIN Initiative 2.0.

Established in 2013, the BRAIN Initiative focused on technology development to measure neural and circuit activity for the first phase. With this phase

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Federal Agencies Update

February 14, 2019

The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) at the National Institutes of Health has issued a request for information to gather broad public input on a revised definition of behavioral and social science research. The definition is used to assess and monitor NIH support of the behavioral and social sciences across all NIH Institutes and Centers. Comments must be submitted through IdeaScale by February 22, 2019.

NSF Announces

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Important Changes to the Common Rule on Human Subjects Research go into Effect

January 24, 2019

After many years in the making, the compliance date – January 21, 2019 – for the revised Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (45 CFR 46 Subpart A), known as the Common Rule, has finally come.

FABBS societies welcome two key changes to the Common Rule: exemption for benign behavioral interventions and limited IRB review option, when appropriate.

The new rule creates an exemption from IRB review for research involving benign behavioral interventions. 

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