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NIA applies new strategy to address funding scarcity

In the face of increasing and intense competition for research funding, the National Institute on Aging (NIA) is employing a new short-term strategy to improve investigators’ chances of obtaining long-term funding. In a Sept. 30 blog posting, NIA’s Director of the Division of Extramural Affairs, Robin Barr, Ph.D., announced, “We are aggressively using the NIH R56 activity code for the first time…This award program provides one or two years of support to allow investigators to … Read More

NIH seeks input on large-scale clinical trials on aging and the elderly   

The NIH’s National Institute on Aging (NIA) wants to hear from the research community regarding needs for large (over $2 million direct and/or over $3 million total costs per year) clinical trials on topics related to aging and the elderly. Suggestions will be used to help select high priority research areas that would greatly benefit from such trials to determine risks and benefits of treatments for conditions in the elderly. The Division of Geriatrics and Clinical … Read More

Michael Lauer, M.D., selected as NIH’s new Deputy Director for Extramural Research

Last week, we reported on Sally Rockey’s departure from NIH and the last of her blog postings on Rock Talk. Today, NIH director Francis Collins announced that Michael S. Lauer, M.D., will replace Rockey as Deputy Director for Extramural Research. According to Collins, Lauer “brings both research expertise and administrative skills to the job, as well as keen insights into the world of extramural research.” Lauer has served in leadership roles and exhibited a strong commitment to … Read More

NIH to host webinars on grant application submission and review, Nov. 5 & 6

The NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) is hosting two webinars for new NIH applicants, mentors, and grant administrators. This opportunity is designed to give participants insights into the application submission and peer review processes. The Nov. 5 webinar will focus on university research administrators. The webinar on Nov. 6 will focus on research project grants (R01s). Both sessions will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. PST, which includes a 30 minute Q&A period. The CSR experts will … Read More

Farewell to Sally Rockey and Rock Talk

Today, September 25, is National Research Administrator Day, so what better way to commemorate than with a fond farewell to the research administrator who led the Office of Extramural Affairs at NIH for the past five years, Sally Rockey? She departs NIH to assume a new position as director of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research. Highly regarded by both NIH administration and the research community, Rockey reshaped NIH partnerships and communication with the research community, all … Read More

Precision medicine enters a new phase

It takes a million people to discern the health strategies for one individual–at least, that’s the thinking behind the latest phase of the NIH’s Precision Medicine Initiative. This initiative was first proposed by NIH Director Francis Collins more than a decade ago. It became a reality this January, when President Obama announced his support of it in his State of the Union address, noting that its goal is “to bring us closer to curing diseases … Read More

OHSU scientists awarded major NIH grant to study substance abuse and adolescent brain development

A team of three OHSU researchers were selected by the National Institutes of Health today to receive a major grant for a long-term study tracking the effects of adolescent substance abuse on the developing brain. Damien Fair, P.A.-C., Ph.D., Bonnie Nagel, Ph.D., and Sarah Feldstein Ewing, Ph.D., were awarded one of 13 grants looking at cognitive and social development in approximately 10,000 children across the U.S. The total amount from NIH for this award is … Read More

NIH funding policy on use of human pluripotent cells in regenerative medicine

The field of regenerative medicine continues to expand, seeking potential therapies for replacing, rejuvenating, or engineering human cells to restore function. This line of research often involves the use of human pluripotent cells – “master” stem cells with the potential to produce any cell or tissue in the body and also capable of self-renewal. Work in this field has led researchers to consider introducing pluripotent cells to early-stage animal embryos to grow human tissue and organs. … Read More

NIH-funded core facilities – future directions and OHSU’s model

As you know, Sally Rockey has stepped down from her position at NIH where she steered the Office of Extramural Research for five years. During Rockey’s tenure, she launched a blog, “Rock  Talk,” that lent transparency to NIH decision making and allowed the research community to voice their opinions. In her last few Rock Talk postings, Rockey shared some insights and updates on current NIH priorities and resources including a discussion on NIH-supported core facilities. … Read More

NIH seeks input on 5-year strategic plan

The National Institutes of Health is inviting comments and suggestions on a framework for the NIH-wide Strategic Plan. In response to a request from Congress, NIH is developing a comprehensive 5-year Strategic Plan with input from senior leadership and staff from all 27 Institutes, Centers, and Offices (ICOs). NIH is also calling for contributions from the research community on the proposed framework that identifies priority areas of research and a set of principles to guide the NIH over … Read More

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