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.

Congress Makes Progress on Funding Bills

On October 18, the Senate Appropriations Committee introduced spending legislation that covers agencies responsible for funding the behavioral and brain sciences. This is an encouraging sign amidst a background of ongoing intra-party debates over major pending legislation. Thankfully, Congressional Appropriators have continued working towards passing regular appropriations that would provide funding increases and direction for agencies in Fiscal Year 2022.

On September 30, Congress passed

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Welcoming New Members of the 2022 FABBS Board

FABBS is delighted to announce four incoming Board members: Jeff Zacks will serve as President-Elect, Adriana Galván will serve as Vice President-Elect, Bud Fennema will serve as Treasurer, and Edith Chen will serve as a Member-at-Large. They will begin their term in January 2022.

Jeffrey M. Zacks, PhD President-Elect

Dr. Zacks previously served as a Member-at-Large on the FABBS board from 2017 to 2020. He is Professor and Associate Chair of Psychological & Brain

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ARPA-H Listening Sessions Wrap-up

As previously reported by FABBS, the Biden Administration has proposed the creation of a new Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) at the National Institutes of Health. Over the summer the NIH and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) hosted 15 listening sessions to get feedback on the proposal. The sessions were held to understand the opportunities and barriers to accelerating health research breakthroughs with input from nearly 250

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A Glimpse at the Mind-Body Connection Under the Microscope

October 7, 2021

Key Findings 

Psychological stress leads to physiological changes within microscopic parts of the human cell
Microscopic change affects cellular signaling, which carries through levels of the human body complex
Human aging is not necessarily linear and this biological malleability is linked to brain-body processes


My parents lived long and healthy lives, so I will, too?

In fact, our DNA is responsible for about 7 percent of our longevity, and it is

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