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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.

Friends of NIDA Present Cannabinoid Research on the Hill

March 1, 2019

On February 27th, FABBS co-sponsored a congressional briefing held by the Friends of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) on “Opportunities and Challenges in Cannabinoid Research”.  

The well-attended briefing began with an overview of the
state of cannabis research, presented by NIDA Director, Nora Volkow, MD. Volkow
mentioned that though much attention has been placed on the opioid epidemic, research
on marijuana and its effects is still urgently needed. A

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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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Deal Reached to Keep Government Open; Administration FY 2020 Budget Request Delayed

February 15, 2019

At press time, a budget deal to avoid another partial shutdown awaited the President’s signature. The conference report provides budgets for the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2019 to nine departments and dozens of agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF). The bill would give $8.075 billion to NSF, a $308 million increase from FY 2018, reflecting $6.52 billion for research and related activities and $910 million for the Education and Human

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