News

News from FABBS

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.

Understanding the Role of Genes and Environment in Substance Use and Mental Illness

October 30, 2018

We know genetics plays a role in substance use and mental illness, but to what extent is environment a factor? Or does one behavior or condition trigger the other?

These are among the questions Dr. Karin Verweij tries to answer in her studies of cannabis use and its associations with mental illness. She has performed twin studies to estimate the heritability of cannabis and ecstasy use. In a twin study the resemblance of identical twins is compared with that of

read more

Michael C. Frank Featured at NIH’s Behavioral and Social Sciences Meeting

October 30, 2018

At a recent meeting of the NIH’s Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Coordinating Committee, Michael C. Frank of Stanford University spoke to attendees about the need for more big data to understand early language development in children. His talk, “Early Language Learning at Scale: Bigger Data for Language Development” was well-received. The Coordinating Committee is comprised of behavioral and social scientists from all Institutes, Centers, and Offices of the

read more

Experts Meet to Discuss NICHD Strategic Plan: Public Webinar to be Held October 31

October 30, 2018

On October 15 and 16, national experts appointed by the Director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Dr. Diana Bianchi , met in Washington, DC to discuss the Institute’s recently launched strategic planning exercise.  Over two days, the Strategic Planning Working Group, comprised of approximately 80 scientists and NICHD program staff, met to identify research themes and scientific domains. During the meeting, the

read more

NIH to Release Parent FOA’s for Basic Experimental Studies with Humans

October 30, 2018

In the last step of its five-part plan to address scientists’ concerns about the inclusion of basic science within the clinical trial case studies, NIH plans to publish Parent Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) for Basic Experimental Studies with Humans. Parent FOAs are broad funding opportunity announcements that allow applicants to submit investigator-initiated applications. On October 26th, NIH issued a “Notice of Intent” to publish these FOAs in late

read more