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.

NIH Celebrates 25 Years of OBSSR, Issues an RFI Regarding Animal Research

July 9, 2020

Though the COVID-19 pandemic has brought public attention primarily to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a whole has continued to advance the fields of brain and behavioral sciences in June and July.

July 1 marked the 25th anniversary of the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research’s (OBSSR) founding. Dr. Norman B. Anderson, PhD of Florida State University served as its first Director. Many new

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House Appropriations Subcommittees Markup FY 2021 Budgets with Full Committee Action Expected Next Week

July 9, 2020

This week, subcommittees of the U.S. House of Representatives marked up budgets for federal agencies for fiscal year (FY) 2021, which will begin on October 1. Budget caps previously established for FY 2021 are only slightly higher than FY 2020 spending levels, limiting ability to increase funding across agencies. Several subcommittees used a mechanism within the annual appropriations process to include emergency appropriations aimed at increasing funding for research budgets,

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Access to Scientific Publications

This webinar series has concluded. Please contact us (info below) for more information.

The Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences (FABBS) and the Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP) are pleased to share our plan to present a series of online (virtual/digital/web-based) conversations on Access to Scientific Publications. This series of three sessions will focus on the topic of Open Access.

Feel free to contact either Juliane Baron of

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Gathering Information on Inflammation

June 17, 2020

Adam Gerstenecker’s older brother was born with damage to his brain’s right hemisphere, causing cerebral palsy and intellectual disability.

The boys talked and played together, but from early on Gerstenecker knew his brother could not do some things other children could. He grew up wanting to understand the world his brother lived in and, later, how differences in the brain can lead to differences in cognition.

Dr. Gerstenecker is now a clinical neuropsychologist

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