2014 Special Symposia


Update on Appropriations 

Advocacy: Contact US 

Get Involved 

text size: A A

Latest News

Zack Kopplin wins prestigious public service award

Zack Kopplin is the winner of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology's 2014 Howard K. Schachman Public Service Award for his efforts to promote the teaching of evolution in classrooms.

ASBMB Responds to the State of the UnionThe ASBMB commends President Obama on reaffirming his administration's position on supporting scientific research.
Unlimited Potential, Vanishing Opportunity

The ASBMB spearheaded a report titled Unlimited Potential, Vanishing Opportunity. 

Science and sequestration in the newsSeveral reports and opinion pieces about sequestration have been published recently. For example...
NIH reaches agreement with the Lacks familyThe National Institutes of Health and the family of Henrietta Lacks have reached an agreement on the sharing of data gained from HeLa cells.
NIH to consider research validation rulesThe National Institutes of Health is considering adding requirements to grant applications that would force researchers to validate their results prior to embarking on clinical trials.
Representative probes legitimacy of several NIH grantsRep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., wrote a letter to Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, questioning the legitimacy of some NIH-funded grants.
Federal funding for FY2013 finalizedCongress has passed a bill to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year.
Speaking up for research universities

Lamar Alexander and Hunter Rawlings III discuss the perils facing research universities today.

The Seeds That Federal Money Can PlantAn article in the New York Times nicely lays out the arguments for federally funded scientific research.
The House votes on the immigration status of foreign scientistsHouse Republicans are pushing a bill that would affect the immigration and residency status of foreign scientists.
How government funding of science rewards U.S. taxpayersMapping the human genome took a $3.8 billion federal investment, but has produced over $796 billion in economic activity
ASBMB members send cautionary message to the biomedical research enterprise"Failure to adjust to the new reality means that stakeholders may be forced to scrounge seats in a lifeboat, or—like the majority of Titanic passengers—drown."
February 29 is Rare Disease DayThe NIH highlights research on rare diseases
ASBMB Responds to NIH RFIsResponse to Data Management and Diversity in the Biomedical Workforce RFIs
Alzheimer’s research received $50 million boostPresident Obama pledges increased funding to combat the debilitating disease
NIH salary cap falls by $20,000Research institutions will likely have to cover the difference in investigator salaries
Embryonic stem cell treatments help eye disease patientsRetinal cells derived from hESC improve vision in blind patients
State legislation attacks the teaching of evolution in public schoolsNew Hampshire and Indiana introduce bills that undermine the teaching of evolution
Nobel laureate and ASBMB member, Carol Greider, authors op-ed about research fundingGreider urges Congress to support sustained research funding
NIH stimulus money created at least 21,000 jobsAlmost 60% of the positions were for full-time research scientists or faculty
OSTP releases STEM education portfolioInventory part of a 5-year STEM education strategic plan
Gene therapy helps patients with hemophilia BHemophilia B is the first well-known disease that appears to be treatable by gene therapy
ASBMB responds to the OSTP RFI on the 21st Century BioeconomyASBMB calls for strong federal support for basic research funding
Office of Science and Technology Policy budget cut by 32% for FY12Concern that the budget cut will diminish the effectiveness of OSTP
New study released by AAMC shows economic impact of biomedical researchFederal- and state-funded research added $45 billion to U.S. economy in 2009
Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, outlines global AIDS campaignClinton emphasizes the role of research in the fight against HIV/AIDS
Senate approves first FY2012 appropriations “minibus”Bill combines Agriculture, Commerce-Justice-Science and Transportation
STEM-Related Careers Second-Fastest Growing Job SectorNew report extols career benefits of STEM degrees.
NIH Director InterviewFrancis Collins profiled by Washington Post
New Director of NIGMS AnnouncedChris Kaiser to lead NIGMS in spring 2012
Letters Urge Super Committee to Support Science Research and EducationProtect job-creating investments in education and research
Senate passes autism-research bill despite Republican resistanceBill would direct $700 million in federal funds to autism research.
White House and NSF Announce New Workplace Flexibility PoliciesNew iniative to support women and men balancing research careers with family obligations.
Congress Passes Bill to Keep Government RunningContinuing Resolution will fund government through November 18.
Senate Approves LHHS Appropriations billBill cuts funding for NIH by 0.6%
Rep. Rosa DeLauro in support of biomedical research

No such thing as a one-year cut for medical researchers 

Opponents of stem cell research file appealPlaintiffs file appeal after defeat this summer
Rep. Rush Holt makes the case for investing in scientific research“A smart investment for a nation’s future”
Senate Appropriations bill cuts NSF budget by $162 million"We've gone beyond frugality and are into austerity"
Patent reform bill passes US CongressSenate approves bill, sends to President for signature.
Local Scientists advocate for basic researchNorth Carolina researchers meet with Rep. David Price
Black Scientists Have Lower Odds of Winning Grants, NIH Study FindsNew report details discrepancies in funding success.
NIH request for input on the biomedical research workforce

The National Institutes of Health are requesting input from the extramural research community about the biomedical research workforce. This information will be used by the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD) working group established to examine and make recommendations

FDA approves gene-targeting melanoma drug

Early FDA approval for skin cancer therapeutic  

Barbara Alving to Step Down as NCRR DirectorBecomes third NIH Director to step down in 2011.
Interview with Toni ScarpaThe National Institutes of Health's departing head of scientific review reflects on his tenure.
Multiple US agencies submit scientific integrity policiesFederal departments and agencies are making good progress on the development of scientific integrity policies.
Groups Call for Scientists to Engage the Body PoliticScientists-turned-politicians encourage their colleagues to join in the political process.
Conflict disclosure plan droppedThe NIH will not require universities to create websites detailing researchers' financial ties.
Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Releases Staff Report on NSF SpendingHouse of Representatives Science, Space and Technology Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson Releases Study Refuting Coburn Report.
Federal Judge Dismisses Stem Cell Suit Against NIHThe lawsuit against NIH banning stem cell research has been dismissed.
Holt Amendment to Reintroduce Office of Technology Assessment FailsAmendment to reinstitute Office of Technology Assessment offered, defeated in Congress.
HHS Unveils Plan to Tighten Human Subjects RulesThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced today that the federal government is contemplating various ways of enhancing the regulations overseeing research on human subjects.
NIH Considering Whether to Offer Incentives for Research ProblemsNIH hosts event to highlight successful government programs using prizes to incentivize research.
Report Offers New Framework to Guide K-12 Science Education, Calls for Shift in the Way Science Is Taught in U.S.A new National Academies' report on science in U.S. elementary and secondary schools recommends a new framework for teaching scientific and engineering concepts.
EU-US plans for joint funding of rare diseases research unveiled to industryThe European Commission and the US National Institutes of Health is putting together a jointly-funded program of research to capitalize on advances in genomics and speed up the development of diagnostics and treatments for rare diseases.
Editorial Refutes Coburn NSF ReportProfessors offer rebuttal to Sen. Coburn's "Under the Microscope" report criticizing National Science Foundation.
National Academies panel ponders research university overhaul

A US National Academies panel studying the future of American research universities is considering recommending greatly expanding partnerships between business, government and research institutions.

House Spending Panel Punishes OSTP Over Links to China

The House of Representatives Appropriations Committee punished the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy's budget due to breaking a "prohibition on bilateral engagement with China" imposed by Congress.

NHLBI Will No Longer Participate in the Investigator-Initiated Innovative Research Grant (R21) ProgramAfter the next round of grant submissions, the US National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute will no longer accept investigator-initiated R21 applications.