Blog Policies

Comment Policy

This is a moderated blog. All comments are reviewed before posting. Your comments are welcome at any time; however, comments submitted after hours or on weekends or holidays will be read and posted as early as possible the next business day.

We expect that participants will treat each other with respect. We will not post comments that contain vulgar language; personal attacks of any kind; offensive terms; or comments that target specific ethnic, racial, religious, age, or gender orientation groups. Comments that are spam, that are off-topic to the post they are submitted to, that promote services or products, that contain links to external websites, or that make unsupported accusations will not be posted. We also will not post comments that discuss specifics of individual grants or applications.

To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, do not include phone numbers or email addresses in the body of your comment. If you want to post your comment anonymously, include a pseudonym instead of your name when completing the online comment form. While your email address will not appear publicly on the site, you will still need to submit it with your comment.

We may edit for clarity or length or to remove inappropriate material. We may use the e-mail address you provide to contact you regarding changes or questions about your comment.

When posting subsequent comments, we ask that you use the same pseudonym so readers know that the comments are from the same person.

Reporters, please direct your questions to the NIH Office of Communications and Public Liaison at 301-496-5787. Reporter questions will not be posted or answered.


This blog does not gather information about you, other than information automatically collected and stored, as described in our privacy policy, when you visit or comment on our website unless you choose to provide that information to us. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will not share or sell any personal information obtained from users with any other organization or government agency except as required by law. Please view our complete privacy and security policy.

Linking Policy and Disclaimer of Endorsement

This blog includes useful hypertext links or pointers to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations and individuals’ blogs. This blog provides these links and pointers solely for our users’ information and convenience.

When you select a link to an outside website, you are leaving this blog and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners/sponsors of the outside website.

HHS and this blog do not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of information contained on a linked website.

HHS and this blog do not endorse the organizations sponsoring linked websites, and we do not endorse the views they express or the products/services they offer.

HHS and this blog cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked websites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked website. Those who provide comments are responsible for the copyright of the text they provide.

HHS and this blog are not responsible for transmissions users receive from linked websites.

HHS and this blog do not guarantee that outside websites comply with Section 508 (Accessibility Requirements) of the Rehabilitation Act.

These views and posted comments do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or the federal government.