NIH News

NIGMS wants your input on modernizing biomedical graduate education

Last week, on June 8, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences issued a formal Request for Information: Strategies for Modernizing Biomedical Graduate Education. We first wrote about NIGMS’ push to modernize how graduate students in biomedical research are educated and trained in December of last year. At the time, Director Jon Lorsch had just announced a number of activities NIGMS was incorporating into its training modules as part of a much larger effort to completely overhaul the … Read More

The data on the competition for NIH funding

We all know the NIH budget is not keeping pace with demand and that success rates are at historically low levels but what are the actual numbers that reflect the funding climate? NIH’s Deputy Director for Extramural Research Mike Lauer addresses this question in detail in his May 31 Open Mike blog post, “How Many Researchers?” Using published findings from a workshop held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Kimble et al.) as a starting point, Lauer explores the … Read More

The NIA wants to hear from you!

The National Institute on Aging’s Interventions Testing Program (ITP) wants to expand the involvement of the research community in this unique program, which tests in mice compounds that have the potential to promote healthy aging. The program already uses a community approach to strengthen program outcomes, with investigators in the extramural research community proposing many of these compounds. This approach has proven successful. By tapping into a broad range of expertise, the ITP has benefited from proposals for a … Read More

Two new NCI funding opportunities with upcoming deadlines

The National Cancer Institute released two funding announcements in recent weeks that offer exciting opportunities for investigators to improve patient outcomes and contribute major breakthroughs in the field of cancer research. Integrating Biospecimen Science Approaches into Clinical Assay Development (U01), will support research that investigates and moderates challenges facing clinical assay development due to biopsy biospecimen preanalytical variability. Biopsy collection, processing, and storage procedures can all have significant impact on the analytical performance of clinical biomarkers; … Read More

What to do with the new NIH review criteria

As you are likely well aware, new review criteria and application instructions concerning rigor and reproducibility for many NIH and AHRQ grants go into effect May 25th. As the deadline nears for the June R01 cycle, we are getting a lot of questions about how to manage these changes. While this is still very much unsettled territory, NIH has released some clarifications and resources (as well as a graphical representation). The following represents our best … Read More

Eric Gouaux’s serotonin transporter research featured by NIH

Recent findings by Vollum Institute senior scientist, Eric Gouaux, Ph.D., and team that reveal the molecular structure of the human serotonin transporter, are getting a lot of attention from the biomedical community and the media. Gouaux’s study was featured in NIH Research Matters, the online publication that highlights groundbreaking NIH-funded discoveries. The article, “Serotonin transporter structure revealed,” discusses the innovative technique developed by the team that allowed them to use X-ray crystallography to capture a 3-D image of the … Read More

NIGMS seeks input on team science research

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences is examining the benefits and challenges of team science and considering how best to support this mode of scientific research. In doing so, NIGMS is seeking input from the biomedical research community to assist in considering the needs and opportunities in team science at the multi-investigator, institutional, regional and national levels. For the purposes of this Request for Information (RFI), team science and team-based research are defined as research that involves … Read More

Intel’s Eric Dishman named Director of Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program

NIH has announced the selection of Eric Dishman to head up the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Cohort Program. He will oversee the PMI landmark research study of roughly one million volunteers, designed to provide new insights into human disease and identify how precision medicine can improve health outcomes. One of Oregon’s top executives, Dishman most recently served as VP and Intel Fellow of Intel Corporation’s Health & Life Sciences Group based here in Portland. For … Read More

New NIH application guide, instructions now available

As previously reported, changes to NIH policies and guidelines are being implemented in several phases this fiscal year and into FY 2017, with some confusion surrounding how best to incorporate them. On Mar. 28, the NIH finally released its updated application guide and supplemental instructions for use with grant applications due on or after May 25, 2016. Key changes include but are not limited to: New How to Apply – Application Guide webpage New formatting … Read More

NIH wants your images

Has your research ever resulted in an image so perfect, you wish everyone could see it? The NIH is currently hosting a call for images of NIH-funded research. Selected images will be posted in the official NIH Image Gallery on Flickr. The gallery is a resource for the media, educational institutions, and the public, and the images posted are free to use, with proper credit.  This is a great way to contribute resources to the extramural community … Read More

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