Nexus May 2008

Director's Column

Promoting Objectivity in Research – Key Points

Despite recent efforts, compliance issues with financial conflict of interest policies continue. The three major concerns are: too narrow a definition of investigator, the timing of reporting and ensuring subrecipients comply with the regulation. Continue reading

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Top Stories

Public Access Update

NIH updated the Public Access FAQ this month to provide procedural changes and clarifications. Also, the NIH Public Access Request for Information ends May 31. Continue reading

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New Procedures Protect NIH Application Data Sent to Peer Reviewers on Compact Disks

Data on compact disks sent to peer reviewers prior to study section meetings are being password protected as of May 15, 2008 to enhance the confidentiality of the peer review process. Continue reading

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Electronic Submission: A Look Ahead

NIH plans to transition from PureEdge to Adobe version of the SF424 (R&R) in December 2008 and schedules transition of many remaining mechanisms. Continue reading

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New Resources

Final Report on Realizing the Potential of Pharmacogenomics: Opportunities and Challenges Now Available

A new report explores the potential for pharmacogenomics (PGx) to advance the development of strategies to improve the safety and quality of health care; identify opportunities and barriers in need of the Federal Government’s attention; and make policy recommendations to enhance the development and integration of PGx applications. Continue reading

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New Listing of International Ethics Resources Available

The NIH Program on Clinical Research Policy Analysis and Coordination recently augmented their bioethics resources on the web with the addition of a compilation of international guidelines, codes, regulations, policies, and declarations. Continue reading

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Eye on PI

NIH Seeks Two Human Research Protection Officers

NIH seeks scientists to provide expert advice on human subjects protection issues related to NIH extramural programs. Continue reading

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New Research, Condition, and Disease Categorization Process Will Change How NIH Reports on Research Funding

A new public Web site keeps the public informed about the way Research, Condition, and Disease Categorization (RCDC) categorization will change the way NIH develops reports on research funding for fiscal year 2008, and beyond. A webinar will be held on June 11, 2008 to introduce the system to the public. Continue reading

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Wow Them with Your Public Health Relevance Statement

Public health relevance statements from grant applications provide NIH, Congress and the public a description of the potential of your project to improve public health. Continue reading

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