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Fauci at the UN

By | June 10, 2008

linkurl:Anthony Fauci,;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/13734/ director of the NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York City today (Jun 10), telling delegates and dignitaries that the key to controlling HIV/AIDS in developing nations is prevention, and especially the development of linkurl:vaccine;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54655/ for the disease. Fauci said that "a preventive HIV va

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FDA investigators banned

By | June 10, 2008

The Food and Drug Administration has disqualified seven investigators so far this year for misconduct, according to an linkurl:FDA document.;http://www.fda.gov/ora/compliance_ref/bimo/disqlist.htm The ruling bars the doctors from conducting clinical trials of any kind. The FDA, for reasons including submitting false information to the trial's sponsor or the FDA, or not complying with regulatory requirements, has disqualified more than 100 investigators from clinical trials over the past 40

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Big bucks for peer review?

By | June 9, 2008

The NIH's $1 billion linkurl:plan;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54733/ to improve peer review also includes compensation for reviewers: Grant reviewers will be compensated $250,000 for six years of service, if they qualify, The Chronicle of Higher Education linkurl:reported.;http://proxy.library.upenn.edu:2110/daily/2008/06/3136n.htm This surpasses the current $200 per day compensation. "In the end, peer review is only as good as the quality of the people doing it," Zerhouni told t

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Who's the greatest woman scientist?

By | June 9, 2008

Cosmetics company L'Oreal has linkurl:launched;http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/main.jhtml?view=DETAILS&grid=&xml=/earth/2008/06/06/sciwomen106.xml a search for the most influential woman scientist of all time. The corporation, which for the past decade has sponsored a linkurl:fellowship program;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/20260/ for female researchers, unveiled a linkurl:website;http://www.womeninscience.co.uk/ listing the nominees last Friday (Jun 6). Researchers and academic

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Cane toads wreaking more havoc

By | June 6, 2008

More bad news from Australia's war on linkurl:cane toads:;http://www.the-scientist.com/2008/4/1/48/1/ Now they're killing freshwater crocs. According to a linkurl:blog;http://blogs.nature.com/news/thegreatbeyond/2008/06/cane_toads_killing_crocs.html on __Nature__'s website, the invasive amphibians - which have recently hopped their way into the Northern Territory - are turning up in the stomachs of dead crocodiles. A linkurl:University of Sydney;http://www.usyd.edu.au/news/84.html?newscategory

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NIH peer review "review" ends

By | June 6, 2008

The NIH has wrapped up its year-long effort to reform the way it reviews grant applications, releasing today (June 6) a report that focuses on changes such as shortening and redesigning applications, making it easier for good reviewers to serve, and encouraging innovative and "transformative" projects. For instance, the agency plans to create a new investigator-initiated Transformative R01 Award program worth at least $250 million, and invest at least $750 million in innovative awards, such as

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Jobs at MedImmune

By | June 5, 2008

In a world where most companies seem to be cutting jobs, one company is looking to up their ranks by 25%. MedImmune announced today that they are looking to fill more than 800 positions in research and development and the clinic. AstraZeneca acquired MedImmune in 2007, and since then the latter company is doubling their pipeline in order to represent a quarter of Astra's projects. The recent acquisition may be a boon to MedImmune employees: AstraZeneca ranked at number two of best large c

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NIH 2009 funding hopes

By | June 5, 2008

A new funding guideline for the National Institutes of Health is making its way through Congress. Yesterday the Senate approved a budget resolution that includes $59.7 billion for health categories, including the NIH. This represents nearly 6% more than President Bush requested for 2009, and it's 12% more than the current funding level. The resolution will act as a guideline for Congressional planners when they set appropriations for 2009, beginning this October. The House is expected to appr

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Add brain cells, remove seizures

By | June 4, 2008

For the first time, researchers have succeeded in reversing a condition that causes seizures in mice by transplanting progenitor cells into the brain. The finding, reported in this week's linkurl:__Cell Stem Cell,__;http://www.cellstemcell.com/content/article/abstract?uid=PIIS1934590908001331 has important implications for treating a class of childhood diseases marked by myelin insufficiency. "These are spectacular results," said Ian Duncan at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, who was not

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Med schools failing on conflicts?

By | June 4, 2008

A new report from the linkurl:American Medical Student Association;http://www.amsa.org/ (AMSA) paints a gloomy picture of how US medical schools are failing to craft policies that keep the pharmaceutical industry at arm's length. The AMSA's linkurl:PharmFree Scorecard 2008,;http://www.amsascorecard.org/ released yesterday (June 3), surveyed 150 medical school's across the country, asking about the institutions' policies to limit linkurl:conflicts of interest;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/di

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