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National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Organizations Support Outreach Efforts for NIH’s ‘All of Us’ Research Program

Bethesda, MD, November 29, 2017 — Fourteen national community groups and health care provider associations have partnered with the All of Us Research Program, part of the National Institutes of Health, to help raise awareness about the program — an effort to engage 1 million or more volunteers across the country to build one of the largest, most diverse datasets of its kind for health research.

This inaugural group of organizations will receive a combined $1 million to help educate their communities about the benefits of participation in this landmark project to accelerate breakthroughs in precision medicine.

“We want to build long-term relationships with our participants based on transparency and trust. These organizations will help us in that effort,” said Eric Dishman, director of the All of Us Research Program at NIH. Continue reading

NIH Awards to Test Ways to Store, Access, Share and Compute on Biomedical Data in the Cloud

Bethesda, MD, November 23, 2017 — The National Institutes of Health (NIH) on November 6 announced that 12 awards totaling $9 million in Fiscal Year 2017 will launch an NIH Data Commons Pilot Phase.

A data commons is a shared virtual space where scientists can work with the digital objects of biomedical research, such as data and analytical tools.  The NIH Data Commons will be implemented in a four-year pilot phase to explore the feasibility and best practices for making digital objects available through collaborative platforms.

This will be done on public clouds, which are virtual spaces where service providers make resources, such as applications and storage, available over the internet. Continue reading

Seven Princeton University Researchers Receive NIH BRAIN Initiative Awards

Princeton, NJ, November 21, 2017 — Liz Fuller-Wright reports that  Princeton University projects are among the 121 selected by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to receive an overall $219 million in funds related to the federal Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative.

Launched in 2013 by the Obama Administration, the BRAIN Initiative is a large-scale effort to push the boundaries of neuroscience research and equip scientists with insights necessary for treating a wide variety of brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy and traumatic brain injury. Continue reading

Dr. Norman Sharpless Sworn in as Director of the National Cancer Institute

Dr. Norman “Ned” Sharpless

Bethesda, MD, October 19, 2017 — Norman E. “Ned” Sharpless, M.D., took the oath of office October 17 to become the 15th director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health. H

Dr. Sharpless succeeds Harold E. Varmus, M.D., who stepped down as director in March 2015. Douglas R. Lowy, M.D., has been NCI’s acting director since April 2015.

“It is an honor to welcome Dr. Sharpless to the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health,” said Acting Health and Human Services Secretary Eric D. Hargan. Continue reading

NIH Accelerates the Use of Genomics Sequencing in Clinical Care

Bethesda, MD, October 13, 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

Gov. Christie, Pharma Executives and Federal Leaders Discuss Public-Private Partnership to Address Opioid Epidemic

Governor Chris Christie

Trenton, NJ, September 19, 2017 — Governor Chris Christie, chairman of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, yesterday joined Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the President, and Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, a commission member, in a roundtable at the War Memorial with leaders of the pharmaceutical industry, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to advance a public-private partnership that can address America’s epidemic of addiction.

Governor Christie said, “The public and private sectors must join together to address this public health crisis and act quickly to stop an epidemic delivering a death toll equivalent to America enduring another 9-11 attack every two and a half weeks.” Continue reading

Congress Rejects President’s Proposals to Cut Health NIH Research Funds

Washington, DC, September 12, 2017 — Robert Pear reports in The New York Times that, back in March, when President Donald J. Trump released the first draft of his budget proposal for the coming fiscal year, he asked lawmakers for deep cuts to one of their favorite institutions, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) — part of a broad reordering of priorities, away from science and social spending, toward defense and border security.

Six months later, Congress has not only rejected the president’s NIH’s proposal, lawmakers from both parties have joined forces to increase spending on biomedical research — and have bragged about it. Continue reading

Senate Appropriators Approve $2 Billion Raise for NIH in 2018

Washington, DC, September 8, 2017 — Lev Facher reports on STAT that the U.S. Senate appropriators on September 7 approved a plan that would increase spending for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by $2 billion and maintain nearly $300 million in grants for family planning programs that a House committee had sought to eliminate.

The plan would also fund the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) by $387 million more than the amount recommended by President Trump’s budget blueprint.

The bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee is perhaps a best-case scenario for boosters of the NIH, family planning advocates, and those fighting the opioid crisis. Continue reading

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

Washington, DC, September 1, 2017The Los Angeles Times reported in July 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

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