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NIH Extends Registration Flexibility for Clinical Trials

Following consideration by National Library of Medicine (NLM), the unit at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that oversees the ClinicalTrials.gov database, NIH has extended flexibilities for registration and results reporting for studies submitted to Basic Experimental Studies Involving Humans (BESH) funding opportunities. This policy flexibility has been extended through September 24, 2023, it was slated to expire on September 24, 2021. Refer to NOT-OD-21-088 for

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NIH Announces UNITE Initiative to End Structural Racism

On March 1st, the Director of NIH, Dr. Francis Collins, announced a new NIH initiative called UNITE:

U — Understanding stakeholder experiences through listening and learning

N — New research on health disparities, minority health, and health equity

I — Improving the NIH culture and structure for equity, inclusion, and excellence

T — Transparency, communication, and accountability with our internal and external stakeholders

E — Extramural research ecosystem: changing

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Science of Behavioral Change (SOBC) Celebrate a Decade of Advances

The NIH Science of Behavior Change (SOBC) Common Fund Program celebrated its tenth anniversary with a Capstone Research Conference. SOBC’s objective is to promote behavioral change science with an emphasis on processes and the incorporation of fundamental research into applied/ interventional research. The capstone conference provided critical examples of behavioral modification experiments that had an impact on health outcomes.

On February 22nd, three panels of scientists

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NSB Meets to Discuss Vision 2030, Inclusion Initiative, and STEM Retention

The National Science Board (NSB) held its quarterly meeting on February 23rd and 24th. First on the agenda was a report from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Director Dr. Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan. The director spoke about NSF values and how they align with both the NSB’s and the new Administration’s vision, specifically in leadership, partnership, innovation and research. Dr. Panchanathan characterized this as a new and exciting time for the organization. He emphasized

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