Category Archives: NIH

NIH Is Unclear If It Should “Dial Up or Down Our Training Pipeline”

So sayeth NIH director Francis Collins: I would argue that we don’t know. Quite surely our biomedical research work force study a couple of years ago did show that only about a quarter of the people that we trained ended … Continue reading

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NIH and Ebola

No, the bear didn’t have Ebola. But this came across the transom from NIH this week: The NIH is playing several important roles in dealing with this very serious situation. For decades, intramural and extramural researchers supported by NIH’s National … Continue reading

Posted in NIH, Vaccination, Viruses

Budgets Versus Culture War and What That Means for the War on Science

Chris Pickett of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology notes the difference between rhetoric and budget allocations for science (boldface mine): For instance, while on the Hill, we asked legislators to support a funding level of $32 billion … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on “Rescuing US Biomedical Research From Its Systemic Flaws”

By way of the intertoobz, we come across this open access PNAS article about the problems facing biomedical by Bruce Alberts, Marc W. Kirschner, Shirley Tilghman, and Harold Varmus, big names all. Before I get to the flaws, it’s worth … Continue reading

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Big Science Stole Your R01: Things Scientists Know Yet Are Not True

Time and time again, we read about the conflict between ‘big science’ and independent researchers. This is often accompanied by the claim that big science is sucking up all the money–if only the centers didn’t take all the money, my … Continue reading

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University Science As Shopping Mall?

Despite government-funded academic science having far more economic activity than the major U.S. sports leagues combined, Paula Stephan is one of the few (perhaps only) economists to look at that economic sector. Recently, Stephan has argued that government-funded academic science … Continue reading

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NIH Cuts and Science Job Losses

Jeremy Berg lays out what the failure to replace the sequestration cuts at NIH means: Also, based on previous years, we can reason that about 30 percent of those who would have been funded without the sequester would have been … Continue reading

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