NIH presents by-pass budget for Alzheimer’s disease research

Budget calls for $323 million more in FY 2017

On July 27, 2015, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released its first ever Professional Judgment Budget, also called a Bypass Budget, for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.  This plan for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 outlines the approach NIH would use to make real and lasting progress against Alzheimer’s and other dementias if unconstrained by fiscal limitations.

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House passes “21st Century Cures"

The House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act by a 344-77 vote on Friday, July 10, eighteen months after Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and his Democratic co-sponsor Diana DeGette (D-CO) began listening sessions and hearings to draft the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reauthorization and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reform bill. During debate many lawmakers praised the “non-partisan” effort.

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Labor-Health and Human Services Funding bills moving through House and Senate

The House Appropriations Committee completed work on its version of the Labor-HHS-Education bill on June 24.  While it considered a number of amendments in full committee, the bill remains largely as the Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee approved it (see blog entry).  The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Senate version of the bill on June 25.

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NIH’s Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research celebrates 20th anniversary with multiple events

APA helps organize Capitol Hill poster session to mark milestone.

Norman Anderson, the first director of the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), remembers the beginning well.  In a video he recorded for OBSSR’s 20th anniversary symposium, he noted, “We started with two staff people and two million dollars—small by NIH standards,” but the office grew strategically to be an important partner for the NIH institutes and centers. 

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