Issue 16 (August 9)
Federal Agency & Administration News
- Joshua A. Gordon Named Director of National Institute of Mental Health
- NIDCR Seeks Input on Proposed FY 2018 Research Initiatives
- National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease Updated; NIH Releases FY 2018 AD Bypass Budget
Publications & Community Events
- Academies Release Workshop Proceedings on “Framing the Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity to Advance Health Equity”
- New Academies Report on Parenting Offers Recommendations for Future Research
COSSA Member Spotlight
COSSA has released a new publication in its HOT TOPICS series, Reducing the Regulatory Burden on Federally-Funded Researchers. HOT TOPICS are periodic, featured articles prepared by COSSA staff members offering insights into timely issues important to the social and behavioral science community. This edition was written by Camille Hosman, who joined the COSSA team earlier this year.
The report provides an overview of some of the major efforts made in recent years to better understand issues of regulatory burden and to begin to develop roadmaps for addressing it. While there is no shortage of ideas, given the complexity of the topic and the many players– federal agencies, Congress, research institutions, and researchers themselves– the path to relief is less clear. Read on for the full report.
On July 28, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins announced the appointment of Joshua A. Gordon as director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Gordon is currently an associate professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and research psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Additionally, he is an associate director of the Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute Adult Psychiatry Residency Program. His lab studies genetic models of psychiatric diseases from “an integrative neuroscience perspective and across multiple levels of analysis, focused on understanding how a given disease mutation leads to a particular behavior.” Gordon is expected to begin his tenure as NIMH director in September.
- Immunotherapy for Head and Neck Cancers
- Implementation Science and Oral Health
- Oral HIV Vaccine-induced Immunity
- Craniofacial Bones and the Nervous System
- The Oral Microbiome and HIV
On August 1, the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care, and Services under the auspices of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) discussed a draft of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease: 2016 Update. At that same meeting, National Institute on Aging (NIA) Director Richard Hodes presented the NIA’s fiscal year (FY) 2018 Alzheimer’s Disease (and related dementias) Bypass Budget, “Stopping Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias: Advancing Our Nation’s Research Agenda.” (more…)
Academies Release Workshop Proceedings on “Framing the Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity to Advance Health Equity”
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Population Health Improvement recently released the proceedings of a workshop titled, Framing the Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity to Advance Health Equity. The workshop was designed to share “strategies for individuals, organizations, and communities to advance racial and health equity.” It addressed such topics as “increasing awareness about the role of historical contexts and dominant narratives in interpreting data and information about different racial and ethnic groups, framing messages for different social and political outcomes, and readying people to institutionalize practices, policies, and partnerships that advance racial and health equity.” The proceedings are available here.
- NIH: Research on Autism Spectrum Disorders (R21) (PA-16-386), (RO1) (PA-16-388) [NIMH, NICHD, NIEHS, NINDS]
- NIH: Research on Autism Spectrum Disorders (R03) (PA-16-387) [NIMH, NICHD, NIDCD, NIEHS]
- NIH: NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Enhancing Diversity in Biomedical Data Science (R25) (RFA-MD-16-002) [NIMHD, NIAMS, NIDCD, NIEHS, NCCIH, ORIP]
- Leveraging Cognitive Neuroscience Research to Improve Assessment of Cancer Treatment Related Cognitive Impairment RO1 (PAR-16-212), R21 (PAR-16-213)
- Predicting Behavioral Responses to Population-Level Cancer Control Strategies R21 (PAR-16-257)
- Improving Smoking Cessation in Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Populations via Scalable Interventions (PAR-16-201), R01 (PAR-16-202)
- Innovative Approaches to Studying Cancer Communication in the New Media Environment R21 (PAR-16-248), R01 (PAR-16-249)
- Cancer-related Behavioral Research through Integrating Existing Data R21 (PAR-16-255), R01 (PAR-16-256)
- Stimulating Innovations in Behavioral Intervention Research for Cancer Prevention and Control R21 (PAR-16-278)
- Rural Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada, August 16-19, 2016
- American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, August 20-23, 2016
- American Political Science Association Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA, September 1-4, 2016
- Economic History Association Annual Meeting, Boulder, CO, September 16-18, 2016
- Evaluation 2016, Atlanta, GA, October 22-30, 2016
- Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention, New York, NY, October 27-30, 2016
A list of COSSA members’ annual meetings and other events can be found on the COSSA website. COSSA members who have an upcoming event they would like to see listed in the Events Calendar and on our website should send an email to email@example.com.