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Struggles with NIH Clinical Trial Policies Continue For Basic Scientists

January 9, 2018

For at least six months now, NIH and segments of the basic science community have been engaged in a dialogue around the agency’s operationalization of the clinical trials definition to include much basic science involving humans. Through petitions, open letters (see NIH Director Awardee letter and Study Section Chairs letter), emails, responses to NIH blog posts, Advisory Council discussions, and more, the back-and-forth has led to some improvements in the process (e.g.,

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Brandon Turner, Mathematical Psychologist, Speaks to NIH Staff about Data Fusion to Improve Prediction

November 15, 2017

Addressing the NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Coordinating Committee (BSSR-CC) on October 6th, Brandon Turner, The Ohio State University, shared insights from his research, Why More is Better: A Bayesian Method for Multimodal Data Fusion. Turner’s research attempts to unify behavioral and neural explanations of cognition in order to generate predictions that are more accurate.

According to Dr. Turner, EEG measures provide “incredible temporal

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The National Academies Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of its Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences

November 15, 2017

On October 19, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) celebrated “20 Years of Informing Policy and Practice” by its Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences (BBCSS). The interdisciplinary board, a “locus of work” for the behavioral sciences at NASEM, held a symposium to discuss the future of these sciences. Established in 1997, BBCSS was created to provide a “forum for objective, independent, and rigorous deliberation

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Basic Scientists Remain Concerned About NIH Clinical Trials Definition

July 27, 2017

In an effort to “enhance stewardship and transparency” of clinical trials, NIH issued a new policy in September 2016 that defines clinical trials so broadly that it sweeps in basic science research. The new policy complements a federal regulation on clinical trials (see link to Final Rule) that was issued a few days later. Basic scientists have been caught off guard by the breadth of the NIH policy on clinical trials and its implications for basic science

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