Category Archives: NIH

Some Thoughts on “Rescusing 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

http://report.nih.gov/NIHDatabook/Charts/Default.aspx?sid=0&index=1&catId=2&chartId=200 http://report.nih.gov/NIHDatabook/Charts/Default.aspx?showm=Y&chartId=204&catId=2 http://report.nih.gov/NIHDatabook/Charts/Default.aspx?showm=Y&chartId=203&catId=2 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 … 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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If Only Someone With Power Cared and Could Do Something

NIH Director Francis Collins makes my head explody (boldface mine): Instead, a complex array of other factors seems to have contributed to the lack of reproducibility… Exacerbating this situation are the policies and attitudes of funding agencies, academic centres and … Continue reading

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Some Relief For Scientific Funding

Following yesterday’s depressing report about funding rates, we come across this synopsis of what the latest budget deal means for scientific research: While the appropriations bill gives the National Institutes of Health $1 billion more than what it got under … Continue reading

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In My NIH Funding World, R01 Grants Are Getting Crushed

While funding might seem like a boring part of science, remember that all the cool stuff that gets mangled in the popular press you read about online and so on costs money. When there’s less money, there’s a good chance … Continue reading

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The Structural Component of the NIH Funding Crisis and the Tournament Model

Michael White, writing about U.S. science funding, makes a point that might sound familiar (boldface mine): First, we staff our labs with low-wage, temporary workers—graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who move on after a few years. This means that universities … Continue reading

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So What Does NIH Think About Irreproducibility?

Every few months, some enterprising writer stumbles across various studies that demonstrate how much of the biological literature can not be replicated–at which point, this is reported as ‘news.’ A favorite study is Bayer’s (the company) attempt to replicate 67 … Continue reading

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If Scientists Don’t Value Our Labor, Who Will? The San Diego Postdoc Edition

I think there’s something in the water in the San Diego area because researchers there are offering volunteer post-docs: that’s right–you get to be a post-doc for free. Recently, an ad was posted for a volunteer post-doc “in the La … Continue reading

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