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Science Directorate
March 2012

Science Policy Insider News (March 2012)

Friends of NIDA coalition hosts congressional briefing on developing medications to treat addiction

Science Policy Insider News March 2012

Central to the discussion were the questions of why pharmaceutical companies have reduced their research in the area of psychopharmaceuticals in recent years and what incentives are needed to foster more research on addiction treatment

Surgeon General releases new report on preventing youth tobacco use

Two chapters in particular pay broad tribute to the importance of psychological science in understanding youth tobacco use and the efficacy of prevention efforts

Former Rep. Brian Baird joins APA staff for APLS plenary session

Baird discussed the challenges of being a scientist on Capitol Hill and advocating for the application of psychological science to national problems

APA's Breckler testifies before Congress on FY13 budgets for NSF, NASA, and DOJ

Breckler also encouraged the subcommittee to provide increased funding for Department of Justice programs related to juvenile justice

NIH Director Francis Collins testifies before House and Senate Appropriators

Collins reiterated that level funding for NIH has a deep impact on the ability of new scientists to establish successful research careers

APA comments on Alzheimer’s plan

APA’s comments include a call for research that links identification of biomarkers with cognitive and behavioral markers

Ryan budget would lower spending cap, exempt defense from automatic cuts

About half of the budget’s $2.5 trillion in 10-year savings would come from health care programs, including health care reform programs