NIH News

NIH wants your input on new child health program

The NIH is looking for input to help shape its funding priorities for new programming focused on environmental and pediatric health. If you were part of the now discontinued National Children’s Study (NCS), your feedback may be of particular interest. Moving forward, the NIH wants to leverage and expand on existing cohorts established under the NCS to address new research questions related to Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO). The focus will be on … Read More

West Nile virus vaccine developed at OHSU enters human clinical trials

A new NIH-funded investigational vaccine to protect against West Nile Virus, discovered and developed by OHSU researchers, is entering Phase I clinical trials. The OHSU team, led by Mark Slifka, Ph.D., created the test vaccine, called HydroVax-001, with a novel hydrogen peroxide-based approach that renders the virus inactive while maintaining its integrity; an intact surface structure permits triggering of an immune response to cells infected with the virus. This preparation will allow the test vaccine to be administered to … Read More

Maintaining integrity in peer review: new NIH guidelines

Do you know someone on the study section reviewing your NIH application? Do you want to give them a friendly call to update them on your current results? The NIH says DON’T! Because the research community is inherently small, investigators within the same field often have contact with the very people who may be reviewing their NIH applications. How then should confidentiality be maintained? What are the parameters? Last week, the NIH issued new guidelines … Read More

The NIH takes on the challenge of reproducibility: new requirements for 2016

Coming this fall, you will see changes to application instructions for NIH grant applications. Advances in science are built upon previous observations and findings: that’s why replication and corroboration of research results are essential to the scientific process. In response to continued failures in the reliability and reproducibility of published research, the NIH has been analyzing possible causes and exploring potential interventions for some time. A series of pilot projects were run over the past … Read More

Considering sex as a biological variable; new NIH requirement effective Jan. 2016

Women comprise slightly more than half of the population–and their representation is relatively well balanced in NIH-sponsored clinical research, where they now account for roughly half of all participants. But this shift has not occurred in the preclinical realm. Today, most NIH-sponsored animal studies are focused on males, and many investigators do not report on the sex of the subjects from whom cells are obtained for cell line work. This lack of balance may obscure … Read More

Sally Rockey to depart NIH for Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research

This week, National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins announced that Sally Rockey, Ph.D., will depart NIH to become the director of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research. Rockey has served as the deputy director for extramural research for NIH since 2008. The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill; it will support research on a range of issues from plant and animal health to agricultural and … Read More

NIGMS wants to hear from you!

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences examining innovative ways to best support biomedical researchers. Last week we reported on NIGMS’s new funding mechanism for early-career scientists and now they’re seeking input on how best to foster technology development for the research community. More specifically, the Institute is asking for information on the need for development of technologies and the relationship of technology development to other biomedical research. Of particular interest are ideas about: The value … Read More

A bird’s eye view of NIH

Wondering what NIH leadership really thinks about the future of federal funding for biomedical research? Interested in learning about the impact NIH-funded research is having and the progress that’s been made on large NIH initiatives? Deputy Director for Extramural Research, Sally Rockey, addressed these topics and more in a recent opening plenary presentation at the NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration in Baltimore. The full 55 minute presentation, View of NIH from … Read More

NIH launches new and updated web resources

This week, the NIH unveiled two valuable resources for the biomedical research community: The new Biomedical Data Science website was launched on Apr. 13 as part of the NIH’s push to harness the potential of  computational data to advance biomedical research. The new site features information on the following NIH-wide efforts: Data Science Community: Read about the Community’s mission, recent news and events, community engagement, training, and the NIH Data Science Workforce Development Center. Here you … Read More

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute seeks input on research priorities

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is looking for input from scientists–and the public–to help shape its funding priorities. If you’re funded by NHLBI, or hope to be, or if you benefit from the several hundred million dollars per year that they spend on biomedical research–in short, if you are living and breathing, this is your opportunity to shape the research of the future. Specifically, they want to identify the most compelling questions … Read More

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