As part of the Coalition for Health Funding’s Public Health Fair, Psychologist Hunter Hoffman takes to Capitol Hill to demonstrate how virtual reality programs can help reduce the need for pain medication in burn patients during painful wound care procedures.Read More
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NIH seeks input on next phase: understanding brain circuitry.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently released a Request for Information (RFI; NOT-NS-18-075) soliciting feedback on the Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative The purpose of the RFI is to gain feedback on the vision, priorities and goals outlined in BRAIN 2025: A Scientific Vision, the strategic plan for the BRAIN Initiative issued in 2014.Read More
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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has taken two steps this summer toward clarifying and possibly revising its recent policy that would include basic research conducted with humans within its definition of clinical trials and would impose requirements designed for clinical trials on the registration and reporting of basic research.
On July 20, the NIH issued a Guide Notice (NOT-OD-18-212) explaining its plan to loosen enforcement for basic research projects of clinical trials registration and reporting requirements through September 24, 2019. (See previous report.)Read More
Psychologists can submit ideas for enhancing effectiveness of federal government.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently released a Request for Information (RFI) to gather input to be used in establishing a Government Effectiveness Advanced Research (GEAR) Center. It appears to be a ripe opportunity for applying psychological science to improve the functioning of the federal government. As described in the RFI overview: “This non-governmental, public-private partnership would address operational and strategic challenges facing the Federal Government, both now and into the future, by engaging researchers, academics, non-profits, and private industry across an array of disciplines, such as data science, organizational behavior, and user-centered design.”Read More
Enforcement will be delayed until September 24, 2019, but issues remain.
The National Institutes of Health announced, in a notice in the NIH Guide, a series of “interim policy flexibilities” for some basic research studies that have recently been subsumed under the expanded reporting and registration requirements for clinical trials. From now until September 24, 2019, NIH will reassess its approach to registration and results reporting for prospective basic science studies involving human participants while delaying enforcement.Read More
Progress report identifies successes and challenges for U.S. science infrastructure.
June 23, 2018, marks the third anniversary of the call to action from Innovation: An American Imperative, a coalition of more than 500 organizations, including the American Psychological Association, in science, engineering, higher education, and industry. The call urged Congress to increase federal investment and enact policies aimed at stimulating innovation and scientific progress.Read More