Feedback Sought on Cephalopod Care and Use

September 20, 2023

Earlier this month, we released a Request for Information seeking public input on the humane care and use of laboratory cephalopods at Assured institutions. The proposed guidance acknowledges the evidence suggesting these animals would benefit from oversight, but also that there are not yet specific care and use standards to allow them to be regulated under the Public Health Service Policy for the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.

Take Advantage of Our Many Resources for Enhancing the Rigor of Animal Research

February 10, 2023

The Advisory Committee to the NIH Director recommended ways for NIH to improve the rigor, reproducibility, and translatability of the research we support involving animal models. I updated the ACD this past June on our implementation of their recommendations. Here, in lieu of going through each of the report’s five themes, I will highlight some approaches raised during the meeting in response to their recommendations.

Enhancing Data Access and Analysis in the Cloud Advances NIH-Supported Discovery

May 10, 2021

To fully benefit from the exponentially growing body of biomedical data, we need cutting-edge approaches that foster data access, analysis, sharing, and collaboration so novel scientific questions can be pursued. But the sheer volume, sometimes siloed nature, along with the costs and time associated with analyzing large datasets, can be difficult for some researchers. Recognizing these concerns, NIH is helping by hosting large data sets and bringing together computational tools and cloud technologies in ways that support open access, interoperability, and collaborative analyses. We encourage you to explore how these resources may help accelerate your research in ways not possible before. Read on for more…

The NIH SABV Policy: E-learning Opportunities and a Symposium Provide Guidance and Inspiration

April 12, 2021

Interest in sex and gender in research—and resources to help investigators—is growing. In the 5 years since NIH enacted its pioneering Policy on Sex as a Biological Variable (SABV) (see our progress report here), there has been a lot of activity, including increased attention on sex differences and influences and many questions and requests for assistance. I’m pleased to announce the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) has issued two new courses, Sex as a Biological Variable: A Primer and Bench to Bedside: Integrating Sex and Gender to Improve Human Health, to our suite of free e-learning offerings.

Resources for Rigorous Research

December 13, 2018

Advancing public health depends on science being empirical, transparent, and rigorous. As yet another step towards fostering rigorous science, we have revamped the Rigor and Reproducibility webpage to highlight and include more resources you might find helpful. Since sketching out our plan last summer with the Advisory Council to the NIH Director, the webpage now reflects policy updates and explores new resources, all in a simple and easy to read manner.