News and Events – US House subpoena’s the EPA, Stem cells in humans, and Research!America Communication Workshop

Posted: August 4, 2013 in advocacy, Events, Funding, Policy, Science Communication, Uncategorized

“In a rare step, the science committee of the U.S. House of Representatives voted yesterday to subpoena the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for data from key studies used to justify air pollution regulations.”

“On 1 August, researchers at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, Japan, will start recruiting patients for the world’s first clinical study using induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells.” The cells will be used to try to halt macular degeneration progression. While a clinical study can impact future clinical trials, even positive results do not allow for widespread clinical use (actual clinical trials are required first).

“The Italian parliament has voted in favour of introducing extreme restrictions on the use of animals in research — which some scientists say would halt important biomedical research in the country.” Restrictions include banning the use of non-human primates, cats and dogs, anesthesia required for even mild pain (injections), and no addiction research!

“Join Research!America, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Elsevier, The George Washington University and the Society for Neuroscience – for a workshop to enable early career scientists to effectively communicate the importance of biomedical research to the media and policy makers. ”

ScienceInsider interview with France Córdova, Obama’s newly nominated National Science Foundation director. “President Barack Obama yesterday nominated Córdova, a 65-year-old astrophysicist, to become the second woman, and first Latina, to lead the $7 billion agency. ”

“The faculty of the University of California, the largest public research university in the world, have adopted an open access policy in which they commit to make their research articles freely available to the public.”

“A human-rights mission to Turkey to investigate the cases of eight scientists, engineers and medical doctors detained under vague but broad-ranging crimes such as ‘attempting to overthrow the government’ has concluded that prosecutors have not provided convincing evidence of their guilt and called for all eight to be released.”


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