Obama launches multibillion-dollar brain-map project

US President Barack Obama today officially launched an ambitious multi-year project to probe the human brain in action. In a preview of his 2014 budget request, expected next week, he said he would ask Congress for about $100 million to get the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative off the ground.  Read more

Study disputes racial bias in NIH grant-making

A new study challenges the notion that there is racial bias in grant-making at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), a major concern for the agency since a 2011 study, published in Science, found evidence of such bias.  Read more

Obama orders research into gun violence

President Barack Obama waded directly into scientific politics yesterday, when he announced a series of measures addressing gun violence in the wake of the December 14 shooting in an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut that left 26 dead, 20 of them children.  Read more

United Airlines ends transport of research primates

United Airlines ends transport of research primates

United Airlines, the world’s largest carrier, will no longer ship non-human primates to research labs. Clarifying a policy that has been ambiguous since it merged with Continental Airlines in 2010, the airline today issued this statement: “We do not book, accept or transport non-human primates to or from medical research facilities domestically or internationally. We do ship non-human primates between zoos and sanctuaries within the 50 United States and Puerto Rico.”  … Read more

Air Canada to stop transporting research primates

Air Canada to stop transporting research primates

Air Canada, one of the few major airline companies that still transports primates for research, was given the go-ahead to stop moving macaques and other non-human primates bound for research labs, after a decision today from its regulatory agency, the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA). The airline applauded the decision and said that, effective December 22, it will require all non-human primate shippers to sign a declaration that the animals are not intended for research or experiments.  Read more

Research beagles released as pets

Beagle dogs at the Chennai quarantine facility await transfer to rescue groups.

Seventy beagle puppies originally intended for pharmacology research were released to adoptive families in India on Saturday, several weeks after activists alerted the Indian government that the animals had been falsely described as “pets” by the contract research organization seeking to import them.  Read more

Texas cancer agency in criminal probe

When Bill Gimson, the executive director of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), submitted his resignation on Monday, he wrote, in part, that he has “been placed in a situation where I feel I can [no] longer be effective.”  … Read more

Texas cancer agency names new chief scientist

Texas cancer agency names new chief scientist

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) has found a chief scientific officer to replace Nobel laureate Al Gilman, who resigned in October in protest over the institute’s awarding of an unreviewed $18 million grant.  Read more