• More, More, More

    The FY 2009 budget has passed and some agencies are seeing an increase in money. The Washington Post reports that the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration are going to get…

  • Examiner: Federal programs give street drugs to addicts

    The DC Examiner is reporting that federal programs are giving cocaine, morphine and other hard-core drugs to taxpayer-funded researchers for testing on drug addicts. The practice has apparently been going on for decades often without…

  • NIH budget undergoes major changes

    One area of President Obama’s first budget undergoing some major changes is the request for the National Institutes of Health. The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education heard about the…

  • H1N1 flu summit held on Thursday

    Some of the top minds in federal, state and local government joined members of the scientific and medical community for a one-day summit on the H1N1 (swine) flu virus today. That summit was held at…

  • NIH and Wikimedia Foundation team up – Part 2

    Increasingly, people are getting health information online, and very few organizations have as much health information as the National Institutes of Health. NIH last week held a educational session with the team behind the online…

  • Chief Executive praises the work, and workers, of the National Institutes of Health

    Scientific research does more than just save lives. The work also creates jobs. That, at least, is what the Obama Administration is banking on, as the President toured a lab at the National Institutes of Health, and heralded $5 billion dollars in government grants to fight cancer, autism, and heart disease.

  • Contract Overload, part 3: OFPP ready to set tone for the future of MACs.

    Congressional staff members call the current MAC environment ”chaos.” The administration will decide in a matter of weeks whether NIH should continue to run its CIO-SP3 governmentwide contract. OFPP administrator Gordon says several broad policy decisions must be made to address the challenges around multiple award contracts.

  • NIH Research Identifies At Risk Infants

    A study funded by the National Institutes of Health – using an electro-encephalogram, a machine that records the brain’s electrical activity – shows newborn infants are capable of a simple form of learning while they’re asleep. The finding may one day lead to a test that can identify infants at risk for developmental disorders.

    The NIH National Institute of Child Health and Human Development sponsors research on development, before and after birth.

    The machine measured the babies brain’s electrical activity while a video camera recorded each baby’s facial expressions, as researchers played a tone, as a machine blew a puff of air at each sleeping infant’s eyelids. The electroencephalogram detected changes in brain wave activity that occurred simultaneously with the tone, showing the infants had learned to associate the tone with the puff of air.

  • FDA and NIH Launch Electronic Safety Reporting Portal

    The Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health have launched a new Web site that, when fully developed, will provide a mechanism for the reporting of pre- and post-market safety data to the federal government.

    Currently, the Web site can be used to report safety problems related to foods, including animal feed, as well as adverse events that might happen in relation to human gene transfer trials. Consumers can also use the site to report problems with pet foods and pet treats.

    The new site, called the Safety Reporting Portal, is meant to provide greater and easier access to online reporting.

    FDA officials say it’s a first step toward a common electronic reporting system that will offer one-stop shopping, allowing people to file a single report that may be of interest to several agencies.

  • Agencies create a STAR to guide science policy

    The STAR METRICS will create a reliable and consistent inter-agency mechanism to account for the number of scientists and support staff that are on research institution payrolls supported by federal funds. Details from Julia Lane, program director with the National Science Foundation.