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On the Agenda in Washington

Jan. 22: NIH Council of Councils Meeting
8:30 a.m.; 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Md.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Council of Councils will meet to discuss updates from the Working Group on Use of Chimpanzees in NIH-Supported Research and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). The Council advises the NIH director and acts as an external advisory panel to the NIH Institute and Centers (IC) directors.

Jan. 22: Ways and Means Hearing on Debt Limit
1:30 p.m.; 1100 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
The House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing to discuss the debt limit. The hearing will explore history of the debt limit, how past Congresses and Presidents have negotiated and raised the limit, and whether the Constitution provides options to the Executive Branch when the debt limit is reached.

Jan. 23: AAMC Webinar on NIH Diversity in Research Workforce Report
2 p.m.; Webinar
The AAMC will hold a webinar to discuss the report from the NIH Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce implementation team. The webinar will be moderated by AAMC Chief Scientific Officer Ann Bonham, Ph.D., and will feature NIH Principal Deputy Director, Lawrence Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D. This special webinar is free and targeted to medical school research, research training, and diversity affairs leaders. Pre-registration is required (password: nih2013). To submit questions prior to the webinar please email Jodi (Lubetsky) Yellin at

Jan. 24: Senate Hearing on the State of America’s Mental Health System
10 a.m.; 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee will hold a hearing to review issues related to mental health and gun violence. Witnesses include National Institute of Mental Health Director Thomas Insel, M.D.

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