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OBSSR Connector Monthly Newsletter

The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) Connector Monthly Newsletter is a monthly e-newsletter featuring updates from OBSSR Director William T. Riley, Ph.D., information about behavioral and social sciences in the news, events and announcements, findings from recently published research, funding announcements, and other updates. The current newsletter is provided below.
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OBSSR Connector Monthly

November 12, 2019

Director's Voice

Seeking Comments on Draft NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing. There are clear and well-accepted advantages of data sharing including increasing sample size, facilitating reproducibility analyses, and increasing the impact of the taxpayer’s investment in data collection to advance science. These advantages are not limited to large grants or to genomic studies; they are applicable to data sharing of nearly all of the research that the NIH supports. Therefore, after considering initial input from the scientific community, the NIH this week released its Draft NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing that is intended to encourage data sharing of all NIH-supported research. The deadline for submitting comments is January 10, 2020.

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Research Spotlights

Findings from Recently Published Research


Occupation as a key social determinant of health

Occupation as a key social determinant of health

Recent research, supported by a grant from the NIMHD, sheds light on the changing nature of employment in the United States and its effects on public health. Rapid technological advances, globalization, economic recessions, and demographic changes over the last few decades have fundamentally changed the nature of work and the labor market.
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Persons with schizophrenia may process sound differently

Research supported by the NIMH, NCI, the Stanley Foundation, The Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development, and the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation is shedding light on auditory hallucinations in schizophrenia. Auditory hallucinations, or “voices”, effect 80% of people with schizophrenia and are one of the most distressing symptoms of the disorder.
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Combining mindfulness with medicine may help reduce opioid cravings

Currently, the United States is experiencing an opioid use disorder (OUD) epidemic. In a recent publication, researchers funded by NCCIH and NIDA conducted a randomized clinical trial to investigate the use of mindfulness in people with OUD receiving methdone maintenance treatment (MMT), a commonly used form medication assisted treatment for OUD. Nearly half of people in ongoing MMT continue to use opioids during treatment or relapse within six months.
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