SAVE THE DATE: Effect of the Economic Downturn on American Families

Posted by Kimberly Acquaviva, PhD, MSW on May 19, 2010 at 3:30pm

Save the Date: You are invited to an Expert Discussion on the Effect of the Economic Downturn on American Families

July 12 (B-340 Rayburn) – TIME TBA

The current economic downturn has touched almost every American family. High unemployment, depleted college savings accounts and decimated retirement plans are just a few of the problems that have left a large proportion of our population in a precarious financial situation. Policy makers need to understand the cradle-to-grave impact the downturn has had in order to develop policies and ensure the social safety net is wide enough to protect the most vulnerable populations. On Friday, February 5, The Population Association of America is bringing a panel of distinguished, nationally known researchers to Washington DC to sponsor a discussion on the impact the recent financial downturn has had on American families including:
• Children of unemployed or underemployed parents
• Young adults transitioning to higher education or the workforce
• The aging and elderly
We hope you can join us for this important event.

RSVP information will be forthcoming.

From the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research

Posted by Kimberly Acquaviva, PhD, MSW on November 10, 2009 at 3:56am

The following is a message received from the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research:

“Please find attached a letter drafted by the Ad Hoc Group steering committee that thanks the administration for the NIH funds in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and urges that NIH be a significant priority in the FY 2011 budget. To sign on to the letter, please contact Hayzell Gollopp at [email protected] by NOON on Friday, Nov. 20. We encourage you to circulate this letter to other organizations that may be interested in signing.

Also, please look out in the coming days for an action alert to activate your grassroots networks in anticipation of the FY 2011 budget process. During the week of Nov. 16, Ad Hoc Group organizations will be asked to encourage their memberships to thank the President for the NIH funds in the Recovery Act and urge him to make NIH a major priority in the FY 2011 budget. Materials and more information coming soon!

We hope you will join us in maximizing this opportunity to highlight the needs of the medical research community at this key point in the budget process.”


Recovery Act funding through NIA

Posted by Kimberly Acquaviva, PhD, MSW on August 19, 2009 at 11:40am

Over the past several months, our colleagues at the National Institute on Aging have been extremely busy working to ensure the rapid, efficient, and effective distribution of Recovery Act/ARRA funds to investigators across the county. If you’re curious about which projects have been funded by NIA with Recovery Act funds, check out the following website:

To run a report specific to NIA and the Recovery Act, follow these simple steps:

1) Click the first box on the top left column to select “Show only projects supported by NIH Recovery Act funds.”

2) Click the blue “Select” button next to Agency/Institute/Center on the top right column to open the IC pick list window, then click the box next to “National Institute on Aging.” Click the blue “select” button at the bottom of the pick list window.

3) Click “Submit Query” to generate a report listing all of NIA’s ARRA-funded projects-to-date.

I think you’ll agree the list of funded projects is pretty impressive. And this is just a partial list – as funding decisions are made over the coming months, additional funded projects will be added to the list. Let’s have a round of applause (along with a standing ovation!) for all the NIA administrators, researchers, staff members, and study section/special emphasis panel reviewers who have been working tirelessly to process and review all of these grant proposals. Thank you all so much – your efforts are greatly appreciated by the patients and families who ultimately benefit from the research you fund!

The Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research issues letter in support of the NIH peer review system

Posted by Kimberly Acquaviva, PhD, MSW on August 19, 2009 at 11:12am

The Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research issued a request earlier today for organizational endorsements to a letter that have written in support of the NIH peer review system. The letter will be sent to all Senators prior to Senate floor action on the FY 2010 Labor-HHS-Education spending bill. If your organization would like to sign the Ad Hoc Group’s letter, please contact Hayzell Gollopp at [email protected] The deadline for sign-ons is 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 2.

See below for text of the Ad Hoc Group’s letter:

September #, 2009

United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator:

The undersigned patient groups, scientific and medical societies, research institutions, and industry organizations urge you to uphold the competitive, scientific peer review system and vote against any amendment to the Senate FY 2010 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill that would eliminate funding for specific research grants supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The medical research supported by NIH over the past 60 years has made the United States the world leader in science and medicine and has added to the length and quality of life of millions of Americans. Congress has been responsible for investing the resources that have made NIH’s extraordinary success a reality.

To be sure, Congress has oversight responsibility for ensuring that proper policies and procedures are in place to ensure that these funds are effectively allocated based on sound scientific judgment and competitive, merit review. The remarkable advances achieved through NIH-supported research confirm the effectiveness of those policies and procedures. By protecting the scientific peer review system, which subjects research proposals to rigorous evaluation for scientific and public health merit, Congress ensures that the highest-quality research – research that contributes directly to public health – is funded with federal dollars. The scientific merit and public health benefit from an individual study is not always apparent outside this careful review.

Eliminating funding of individual NIH grants undermines vital research as well as the peer review system –the best system for ensuring scientific and fiscal accountability on behalf of the American taxpayer. For our nation’s public health, and for the continuing success of the U.S. medical research enterprise, we urge you to oppose any amendment that targets individual NIH research grants in this manner.