Category Archives: NIH

Yes, Budget Cuts Hurt Development of an Ebola Vaccine

There has been some talk by scientists (of all people) that NIH Director Francis Collins’ statement that “if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this … Continue reading

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Maybe This Explains Part of the Reproducibility Problem?

There are a lot of reasons why reproducibility–the ability to replicate results*–is a problem. Some of it has to do with the Decline Effect (and inadequate funding that causes the Decline Effect). There are also basic power of test issues–not … Continue reading

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Why Biologists Can’t Have Nice Things

NIH recently announced that all non-competitive grant renewals will be cut by ten percent (an example for the laity: if you are awarded a five-year grant per year, the grant is renewed every year–subject to NIH approval–for the life of … Continue reading

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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

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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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