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Science Policy Around the Web – December 20, 2013

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By: Jennifer Plank

photo credit: paulswansen via photopin cc

photo credit: paulswansen via photopin cc

Our weekly linkpost, bringing you interesting and informative links on science policy issues buzzing about the internet.

FDA Questions Safety of Antibacterial Soaps – Recent concerns that antibacterial materials in soaps and toothpastes resulted in a new FDA policy that requires soap manufacturers to prove that antibacterial chemicals are safe. Some claim that antimicrobials interfere with hormones in children and add to the formation of antibiotic resistant bacteria. Producers of the antibacterial soaps claim that they have been deemed safe. Animal models have demonstrated that Triclosan and Triclocarbon result in developmental defects. The companies have been given a year to prove the safety of antibacterial soaps. (Sabrina Tavernise)

NIH to Experiment with High-Risk Grants – NIH director, Dr. Francis Collins, recently told an advisory committee that the NIH should fund more individuals rather than research proposals. This change in ideology results from the success of NIH Pioneer Awards funded through the NIH Common Fund. The Common Fund awarded 7 individuals with the Pioneer Award, which provides individuals with $500,000 to be spent over 5 years. The recipients of the Pioneer Awards published more high impact manuscripts than recipients of the most common award, the R01. Despite the success, individual awards will not replace R01s. This new mechanism will be proposed to institute directors in January. (Sara Reardon)

Meeting Clinical Trials Need for Speed – The amount of time required to initiate a clinical trial is frustrating to researchers and patients. Therefore, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), has launched the PCOR Network (PCORnet), which is a centralized data-sharing network. The PCORI will fund 29 pilot projects ($93.5 million) to create, enable, and test common data models. If the pilot projects are successful, the PCORnet will be expanded.  (Francis Collins)

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December 20, 2013 at 2:40 pm

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