Catalyst: News in the Field

by SRA International on January 27, 2017

NEI scientists find that stem cell exosomes promote survival of retinal ganglion cells in rats. A new study in rats shows that stem cell secretions, called exosomes, appear to protect cells in the retina, the light-sensitive tissue in the back of the eye.... Read more

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by SRA International on January 26, 2017

Premature death rates have declined in the United States among Hispanics, blacks, and Asian/Pacific Islanders (APIs) — in line with trends in Canada and the United Kingdom — but increased among whites and American Indian/Alaska Natives (AI/ANs), according to a comprehensive study of premature death rates for the entire U.S. population from 1999 to 2014.... Read more

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by SRA International on January 26, 2017

On this blog we previously discussed ways to measure the value returned from research funding. The “PQRST” approach (for Productivity, Quality, Reproducibility, Sharing, and Translation) starts with productivity, which the authors define as using measures such as the proportion of published scientific work resulting from a research project, and highly cited works within a research field.... Read more

Tagged with: Grants, NIH

by SRA International on January 24, 2017

Studies may lead to advances in human health, agricultural productivity, use of natural resources. Millions of microbes living on and in the human body collectively make up our microbiomes. These microbial ecosystems help keep us healthy. The same processes are at work in other animals, as well as in plants.... Read more

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by SRA International on January 21, 2017

Excerpt from original White House press release posted on from Reince Priebus, January 20, 2017. The President has asked me to communicate to each of you his plan for managing the Federal regulatory process at the outset of his Administration.... Read more

by SRA International on January 19, 2017

Announcement of revisions to modernize, strengthen, and make more effective the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects that was originally promulgated as a Common Rule in 1991. These revisions are an effort to modernize, simplify, and enhance the current system of oversight.... Read more

Tagged with: Compliance, Human Subjects, NIH

by SRA International on January 18, 2017

Updates Coming to FastLane on January 30 to Support PAPPG (NSF 17-1) Policy Changes and New and Enhanced Automated Compliance Checks. Effective January 30, 2017, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will implement the following changes in FastLane to support the policy updates in the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 17-1) and to run new and enhanced automated compliance checks on proposals.... Read more

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by SRA International on January 13, 2017

Crowdfunding platforms, such as Kickstarter, have opened a funding spigot to startups in regions that have suffered from a venture capital drought, a new UC Berkeley study shows.... Read more

Tagged with: Crowdfunding, Finding Funding, Funding Opportunities

by SRA International on January 13, 2017

We are three colleagues — a humanities scholar, a social scientist, and a physician — who recently made it through a quagmire of disagreement over authorship order and lived to tell about it.... Read more

by SRA International on December 23, 2016

‘Twas the night before Hanukkah and at OSP, We were lighting menorahs and trimming the tree, sIRB policy was all tucked in its bed, In hopes that the deadline extension will alleviate dread. Wondering whether the Common Rule soon will appear, Perhaps we will see it in the coming New Year?... Read more

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