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National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NIH Accelerates the Use of Genomics Sequencing in Clinical Care

Bethesda, MD, August 21, 2017 — The National Institutes of Health (NIH) on August 8 announced it is awarding $18.9 million towards research that aims to accelerate the use of genome sequencing in clinical care.

The new awards will generate innovative approaches and best practices to ensure that the effectiveness of genomic medicine can be applied to all individuals and groups, including diverse and underserved populations, and in healthcare settings that extend beyond academic medical centers. Continue reading

California Received Largest NIH Awards Between 2007-2016; New Jersey Award Funding Decreased

Bethesda, MD, August 5, 2017 — The State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI) news blog reports that, with a focus on improving health, driving economic growth, and expanding the country’s research capacity, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the largest public funder of biomedical research in the world.

Because of NIH’s central role in supporting science, technology, and innovation, a better understanding of the agency’s footprint may be helpful to the technology-based economic development practitioner community.

This edition of Useful Stats utilizes data from NIH’s Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool (RePORT) and covers each year from 2007 to 2016. The data does not include projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Continue reading

NIH to Walk Away from $16 Million of NFL Gift for Brain Research

Washington, DC, July 31, 2017The Los Angeles Times reports that, five years ago, four months after the suicide of legendary linebacker Junior Seau, the National Football League donated $30 million to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for brain research.

At the time, the league said its “unrestricted gift” was the largest donation in its history and would help fund a new Sports and Health Research Program to be conducted in collaboration with institutes and centers at the NIH. Continue reading

Patients and Families Make Emotional Plea at Senate Hearing for Diabetes Research Funding

Washington, DC, July 27, 2017 — Summer Park reports on Roll Call that families and advocates delivered an emotional plea for more diabetes research funding before Congress on July 26.

People with type 1 diabetes, including over 160 children, were on hand for a hearing before the Senate Special Committee on Aging.

Those testifying urged lawmakers to extend the Special Diabetes Program, which funds research into type 1 diabetes.  The program will run out of funds this September if lawmakers don’t act. Continue reading

U.S. House Subcommittee Defies Trump’s Budget and Proposes $1.1 Billion Boost for NHI

Washington, DC, July 13, 2017 — Rachel Roubein reports in The Hill that the U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee controlling the purse strings of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on July 12 proposed a $1.1 billion boost for the agency, defying the Trump administration’s push for cuts.

The White House had proposed slashing the nation’s medical research agency by $5.8 billion.

But it was clear from the get-go that Congress wouldn’t support cutting NIH’s budget, with members of both parties in opposition. Continue reading

National Institute on Aging Report: Promising But Inconclusive Evidence on Interventions to Prevent Cognitive Decline, Dementia

Bethesda, MD, June 23, 2017 — The public is enormously concerned about dementia and cognitive impairment, and a wide range of programs and products, such as diets, exercise regimens, games, and supplements, purport to keep these conditions at bay.

It is difficult for individuals, health care providers and policy makers to ascertain what has been demonstrated to prevent or reduce risk.

To help sort through the data and to understand the quality and weight of current evidence for possible interventions, the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), commissioned experts for an extensive scientific review and to provide recommendations for public health messaging and future research priorities. Continue reading

NIH Abandons Plans to Limit Individual Research Funding, Creates Special Fund

Washington, DC, June 23, 2017 — After much criticism, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that it will abandon the Grant Support Index (GSI) plan – a strategy to bolster NIH funding support for the next generation of researchers by placing limits on individual research funding which SSTI previously covered.

Instead, NIH will launch the Next Generation Researchers Initiative (NGRI) that will allocate $1.1 billion over the next five years to support nearly 2,400 new grants for early and mid-career researchers whose grant proposals receive high scores, but fall short of receiving funds. Continue reading

Trump Names Dr. Norman Sharpless to Serve as Director of National Cancer Institute

Dr. Norman “Ned” Sharpless

Washington, DC, June 19, 2017Science reports that President Donald Trump on June 9 announced his intention to appoint Norman “Ned” Sharpless, M.D., to be the next director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Sharpless would succeed Harold Varmus as the head of NCI.

Sharpless, 50, is a physician and currently director of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.  He also holds an academic appointment at the university’s school of medicine. Continue reading

NIAID Scientists Discover Rare Genetic Susceptibility to Common Cold

Washington, DC, June 16, 2017 — Scientists have identified a rare genetic mutation that results in a markedly increased susceptibility to infection by human rhinoviruses (HRVs) — the main causes of the common cold.

Colds contribute to more than 18 billion upper respiratory infections worldwide each year, according to the Global Burden of Disease Study.

Researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, identified the mutation in a young child with a history of severe HRV infections. Continue reading

National Institutes of Health Redirecting Grants to Boost Young Scientists’ Careers, Research

Bethesda, MD, June 12, 2017 — Thomas M. Burton reports in The Wall Street Journal that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) said it would begin redirecting up to about $1.1 billion in research-grant money a year to early- and midcareer scientists to help boost their careers and preserve U.S. science.

The agency said it would begin the redistribution immediately with about $210 million annually, but that the amount would steadily increase over five years to about $1.1 billion a year. Continue reading