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Renee Wegrzyn Tapped to Head ARPA-H
As the new agency’s director, the DARPA veteran will spearhead a high-risk, high-reward approach to biomedical research.
Renee Wegrzyn Tapped to Head ARPA-H
Renee Wegrzyn Tapped to Head ARPA-H

As the new agency’s director, the DARPA veteran will spearhead a high-risk, high-reward approach to biomedical research.

As the new agency’s director, the DARPA veteran will spearhead a high-risk, high-reward approach to biomedical research.

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Reorganization Would Shift Responsibility for US Pandemic Response
Shawna Williams | Jul 21, 2022 | 2 min read
The Biden administration plans to elevate the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response to its own division in a bid to improve the response to current and future public health emergencies, The Washington Post reports.
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Biden Orders More Research on Long COVID
Christie Wilcox, PhD | Apr 6, 2022 | 2 min read
A new presidential memorandum requires the Department of Health and Human Services to coordinate a government-wide push to generate a research action plan for the condition.
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ARPA-H to Be Within NIH but Independently Managed by HHS
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Apr 1, 2022 | 3 min read
After lobbying efforts from lawmakers and science advisors, the new, DARPA-like biomedical research agency will be a part of the National Institutes of Health, but its director will report directly to the secretary of Health and Human Services.
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Opinion: Coronavirus and Regulating Access to High-Risk Pathogens
Michael Parker, Shreya Kalra, and Bryce Kassalow | Feb 10, 2022 | 10+ min read
Overbearing restrictions on research into toxins and pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2 could undermine public health and security in the long run.
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Lawrence Tabak Tapped to Serve as Interim NIH Head
Shawna Williams | Dec 10, 2021 | 2 min read
The glycoprotein researcher and longtime principal deputy director of the National Institutes of Health will take over from Francis Collins on December 20.
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CDC Bypassed Under New COVID-19 Reporting Guidelines
Amanda Heidt | Jul 15, 2020 | 3 min read
The Trump administration suggests deploying the National Guard to ensure timely data sharing into a new, centralized database.
Government’s Mixed Messages on Coronavirus Are Dangerous: Experts
Ashley Yeager | Feb 28, 2020 | 4 min read
Administration officials have given contradictory statements about how COVID-19 will affect the US, and it is not clear who is leading the infectious disease response effort, critics say.
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NIH Scientists Banned from Studying Human Fetal Tissue
Kerry Grens | Jun 6, 2019 | 2 min read
External researchers funded by US federal grants can continue their experiments under tighter scrutiny.
NIH Raises Concerns About Foreign Influence in Biomedical Research
Catherine Offord | Feb 8, 2019 | 2 min read
Information made public by US Senator Chuck Grassley reveals that a handful of allegations have recently been referred to federal investigators.
Federal Health Agency Revokes Contract with Fetal Tissue Supplier
Sukanya Charuchandra | Sep 26, 2018 | 2 min read
Health and Human Services plans to review all research involving human fetal tissue.
Former Congresswoman, HHS Secretary Margaret Heckler Dies
Catherine Offord | Aug 7, 2018 | 1 min read
Appointed by Ronald Reagan, Heckler led the agency from 1983 to 1985, and helped promote research into AIDS.
Fresh Concerns Raised About UIC Researcher’s Pediatric Drug Study
Catherine Offord | Jul 3, 2018 | 2 min read
New documents reveal that Mani Pavuluri had enrolled her sons as controls in a prematurely halted drug trial, a ProPublica investigation finds.
CDC: Flu Vaccine 36 Percent Effective So Far
Catherine Offord | Feb 16, 2018 | 2 min read
The vaccine shows better-than-expected effectiveness against the most common and most virulent strain of influenza in children under 9 years old.
Proposed Federal Budget Slashes Funds to EPA, CDC
Diana Kwon | Feb 12, 2018 | 2 min read
Funds for the NIH and NSF would stay flat, while some agencies, including the FDA and NASA, would see increases.
CDC Director Resigns Over Unresolved Conflicts of Interest
Shawna Williams | Jan 31, 2018 | 1 min read
Brenda Fitzgerald had drawn criticism for tobacco-related investments, among others.
New Federal Policy for Human Research Subjects Delayed
Diana Kwon | Jan 22, 2018 | 2 min read
Both higher education and industry associations were advocating for a later implementation date for the Common Rule, which governs human studies.
US Research Integrity Head Temporarily Leaves Post
Kerry Grens | Nov 21, 2017 | 1 min read
Kathy Partin, whose staff had expressed concerns about changes she instituted, was reportedly asked to leave.
Trump Nominates Alex Azar as Health and Human Services Secretary
Catherine Offord | Nov 13, 2017 | 2 min read
The former chief of Eli Lilly USA is picked to replace Tom Price, who stepped down in September amid a controversy over the abuse of taxpayer-funded travel.
HHS Secretary Price Resigns After Criticism of Plane Travel
Shawna Williams | Oct 2, 2017 | 1 min read
Heads of CMS, FDA are among the potential replacements.
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