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Research Clips

A weekly roundup of research news items curated from the professional development groups within the AAMC’s Scientific Affairs cluster and other sources.

From the Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS)


The NIH announced it will not accept funds from drug makers to help discover treatments for opioid addiction or to research alternatives to opioids, as it had previously indicated it would do. STAT News reported on recommendations issued earlier this month by an NIH advisory panel to instead use taxpayer money to fund a research initiative on pain and substance use disorder treatment.
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The Washington Post laid out the top priorities of Norman Sharpless, MD, in his capacity as director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
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The Boston Globe covered past concerns about HIV/AIDS research conducted by Robert Redfield, MD, the newly appointed director of the CDC.
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The New York Times covered the lack of elderly participants in many important clinical trials and detailed the various obstacles elderly people face in attempting to enroll in such trials.
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In an enduring mystery, scientists still can't explain why American and Canadian diplomats previously stationed in Cuba are suffering from apparent traumatic brain injuries after being subjected to what was originally suspected as sonic attacks, reported the Washington Post.
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From Washington Highlights

HHS Proposes a Further Delay to the Common Rule
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and 16 other federal departments and agencies April 19 issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to delay the general compliance date for the revised Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects ("the Common Rule") for an additional six months, from July 19, 2018, to January 21, 2019, to "provide additional time to regulated entities for the preparations necessary to implement the 2018 requirements." Read More

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From the Research on Care Community Health Equity subgroup (ROCChe)

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