Science Policy Insider News

Science Directorate
May 2010

Science Policy Insider News (May 2010)

APA and Sesame Workshop Team Up for Military Families on the Hill

Supporting military families

Representatives from APA and Sesame Workshop met with Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) who sits on the House Armed Services Committee, to discuss collaborative efforts to support military personnel and their families.

Timely Briefing on Treating Drug Addiction Engages Audience

The Friends of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) presented a briefing organized by APA on developing medications to treat drug addiction and implications for policy and practice, with speakers Nora Volkow, Director of NIDA, and Thomas McLellan, Deputy Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). The ONDCP released a National Drug Control Strategy the same day.

Science GRO Makes Coalition Hill Visits in Support of DoD Research

Science GRO’s Heather Kelly and colleagues from the Coalition for National Security Research (CNSR) met with staff in the offices of Rep. Patrick Tiberi (R-OH), of the Ways and Means Committee, and Rep. Steve Austria (R-OH), of the Budget and Homeland Security Committees.

Scientific Management Review Board Continues Deliberating Substance Use Research

The NIH Scientific Management Review Board met to review the recommendations of the Substance Use Abuse and Addiction Working group and to approve principles developed by the Deliberation of Organizational Change and Effectiveness Working Group. Insights regarding a functional or structural merger of two institutes, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) were also provided.

APA Selects and Places 2010-2011 Executive Branch Science Fellow

Sarah Johnson, PhD, the incoming 2010-2011 APA Executive Branch Science Fellow will spend her Fellowship year in the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) at the National Institute of Health.

After the Comments: What’s New With OppNet?

OppNet will use recently collected RFI data to plan for new funding opportunities, scientific initiatives, a summer/fall 2010 meeting aimed at identifying research areas with the greatest potential for making a significant impact in basic research and human health.

APA Collects Nominations for Oversight of New Comparative Effectiveness Research Institute

APA collected nominations for the Board of Governors of the new Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Institute, created by the new health care reform law, which will coordinate comparative effectiveness research.

APA Requests $35 billion for the National Institutes of Health

In conjunction with the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research, APA and more than 60 other scientific and patient advocacy organizations sent a letter to congressional leaders requesting $35 billion in funding support for the NIH.

Fate Unclear for NSF Reauthorization Bill in the House

H.R. 5116, the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 would authorize funding levels and programmatic guidelines for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and science offices within the Department of Energy and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, but its fate remains unclear.