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FABBS reports on items of interest to many communities – scientists, policymakers, and the public. In our news, you will see updates on science funding and policy, articles that translate research for policy, and descriptions of the research contributions of scientists at all stages of their research careers.

Progress on ARPA-H

April 28, 2022

The Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) is slowly starting to take shape. Congress recently approved funding for the agency, and the Biden Administration settled on key details in establishing the new agency.

Xavier Becerra, Secretary of Health and Human Services, officially announced that ARPA-H would be placed within the National Institutes of Health. The placement of the agency has been a topic of significant debate in Congress, where members of

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GAO Releases Recommendations on Scientific Integrity

April 28, 2022

The Government Accountability Office (GAO), a federal agency known as the “Congressional Watchdog,” published recommendations to improve scientific integrity at several health agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The document offers guidance to agencies on how to protect scientific decision-making from political interference.

This publication follows similar actions from the Biden Administration, which earlier this year established the White

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Congress Advancing Bills to Facilitate Cannabis Research

April 28, 2022

As Congress debates federal marijuana legislation, FABBS will be monitoring provisions to facilitate research. Currently, cannabis is considered a Schedule I drug by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), this has posed a barrier to studying potential risks and benefits of the plant.

As explained in a recent report by the Congressional Research Service, The Evolution of Marijuana as a Controlled Substance and the Federal-State Policy Gap, conducting cannabis research

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Q&A with Dr. Alice Ann Holland, FABBS Board Member

April 28, 2022 

Dr. Alice Ann Holland is a current Board Member of the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS), serving since 2020. As a member of the nominations committee, we asked Dr. Holland to speak with us about her experience with FABBS and why others might be interested in running for the board.  

What led you to serve on the FABBS Board? 

I was familiar with FABBS from my role as a Council representative for the National Academy

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