APS Advises NIH on Sex as a Biological Variable
On September 11, 2014 NIH issued a Request for Information (RFI, NOT-OD-14-128) to assist NIH develop policies for the inclusion of sex as a biological variable in pre-clinical research studies involving animals and cells. The APS response recommends starting with accurate reporting of the sex of animal subjects and organisms from which biological materials were derived. NIH should provide training for investigators and reviewers before implementing the policy. APS also said additional resources will be needed to implement this policy without detriment to ongoing research. The APS comments are available on the Science Policy website.
NIH Seeks Comments on Sex as a Biological Variable
The NIH is seeking input to help develop a policy on the inclusion of sex as a biological variable in research studies involving animals and cells.
APS shares benefits of SEPA program with NIH
In a letter to the NIH Scientific Management Review Board’s working group on pre-college engagement in biomedical science, APS President David Pollock shared the many benefits experienced by teachers participating in programs supported by the science education partnership awards (SEPA).
NIH to Require Balanced Sex Representation in Animal and Cell Studies
NIH Director Francis Collins and Office of Research on Women’s Health Director Janine Clayton announced that the agency plans to require investigators to “report their plans for the balance of male and female cells and animals in pre-clinical studies in all future applications.”
APS Urges OLAW to Revise “Significant Changes” Guidance
On March 11, 2014, OLAW published a request for comments on proposed guidance about what constitute “significant” changes to ongoing animal research activities. APS urged that a proposed revision to the guidance be revised to avoid “increas[ing] administrative burden rather than reduc[ing] it.”
APS Recommends Increased Funding for Research
As Congress considers budgets for fiscal year (FY) 2015, the APS submitted written testimony to the subcommittees that fund the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, NASA, and the VA. For each agency the APS recommends increased funding to support the research enterprise and begin to reverse the damage done by reductions in federal spending.
President Obama Releases FY 2015 Budget Proposal
On March 4, 2014 President Obama released the Administration’s fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget proposal. The $3.9 trillion budget proposal provides a starting point for Congressional action to determine funding levels for all federal agencies and programs, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA, and Veterans Affairs (VA) medical and prosthetic research.
APS Members Tell Congress to Invest in Research, Regulate Sensibly
The January edition of The Physiologist features a spread on APS’s two Capitol Hill Day events in 2013.
APS Comments on Travel Restrictions for Federal Scientists
APS comments on the Office of Management and Budget 2012 restrictions on travel for federal employees directing agencies to cut their travel budgets by 30% and imposed new limits on conferences and meetings.
Negotiators Announce FY 14 Budget Deal
Tuesday, December 10, House and Senate Budget negotiators announced a deal to replace $63 billion in sequestration cuts in fiscal years 2014–2015 with $85 billion in deficit reduction.
Shutdown Impacts on Research
A collection of notices concerning how funding agency operations will be affected while the government is partially shut down due to the lack of FY 2014 funding legislation.
APS Commends Italian Scientists
A group of Italian scientists is seeking to draw attention to recently-approved legislation that could severely restrict animal research in that country.
NIH Finalizes New Chimpanzee Rule
On June 26, 2013, NIH Director Francis Collins announced that the agency had accepted nearly all the recommendations of a Working Group on NIH implementation of an IOM report on chimpanzees in biomedical and behavioral research.
APS Suggests Ways to Reduce Regulatory Burden
May 22, the APS offered suggestions for reducing the administrative burdens associated with federally-sponsored research in response to a request for information from the National Science Board (NSB).
White House Clarifies Rules for Federal Spending on Conferences and Travel
In May 2013, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memo providing guidance on expenditures of federal funds for travel, conferences and meetings.
DOD Report: Animals Still Needed for Trauma Training
Alternative training methods cannot yet replace the use of live animals in the training of combat medics, the Department of Defense (DOD) told Congress. The finding was part of a report mandated under the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act.
APS Comments on Biomedical Workforce
The APS submitted comments in response to a request for information from the National Institutes of Health about implementing recommendations from the working group on the biomedical workforce. (PDF)
President Releases FY 2014 Budget Plan
President Obama released his FY 2014 budget plan with ambitious increases for most biomedical research funding agencies.
Congress Passes FY 2013 Funding Bills
On March 26, 2013, President Obama signed into law a package of legislation (H.R. 933) that will fund federal programs through the end of fiscal year (FY) 2013, including research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA and Medical and Prosthetic Research at the VA.