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Events and Announcements
NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Festival
SAVE THE DATE: December 8, 2017 — NIH Campus, Natcher Conference Center (Bldg. 45). The Annual NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Festival will be hosted by OBSSR and the NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Coordinating Committee. The purpose of the festival is to highlight recently funded behavioral and social sciences research that the NIH supports; bring together behavioral and social scientists within the NIH extramural and intramural communities to network with each other and share scientific ideas; and explore ways to advance behavioral and social sciences research.
NIH RFI to Solicit Feedback on ECHO-wide Cohort Protocol
The NIH has extended the public comments period for a request for information inviting input on the ECHO-Wide Cohort Data Collection Protocol. The NIH invites advocacy group leaders, physicians, researchers, other members of the scientific community, and the public at large, to provide valuable feedback on this document that will guide data collection for the ECHO Program. Respondents should submit their comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com by 5PM on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.
Webinar: How differences in the socioeconomic environment modifies genetic variation in cognitive ability
Join the OBSSR Director's Series Webinar on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 2 pm ET. Eric Turkheimer, Ph.D., will present on "How differences in the socioeconomic environment modifies genetic variation in cognitive ability." It has been known for some time that children raised in impoverished environments do not express genetic differences in cognitive ability to the same extent as children raised in middle class homes, a phenomenon known as the Scarr-Rowe interaction. Dr. Turkheimer will summarize what is known about this phenomenon, focusing on new analyses of some classic twin datasets that have not previously been available. The goal of the new analyses is to emphasize the developmental processes that underlie modification of heritability and other quantitative genetic parameters.
NSF/SBE recruiting for a Division Director, Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences
The BCS Division Director, a key member of the SBE Directorate leadership team, provides leadership and direction for the support of research that develops and advances scientific knowledge about the brain, human cognition, language, social behavior, and culture, as well as research on the interactions between human societies and their environments. The Division Director provides overall direction and management to a division that includes a staff of approximately 30 employees and a Fiscal Year 2017 budget of roughly $95 million. The nature of the position calls for an experienced manager with highly-respected expertise in the behavioral and cognitive sciences. The application deadline is September 29, 2017.
Open Mike: Continuing to Clarify the NIH Definition of a Clinical Trial
A few weeks ago NIH released some case studies and FAQs to help clarify for our research community whether their human subjects research study meets the NIH definition of a clinical trial. These resources prompted a number of follow-on questions and thoughtful suggestions from the community that have helped us refine both the FAQs and the case studies. In addition to providing additional rationale for our conclusions in the case studies, we made a number of changes, to include clarifying: what it means to be “prospectively assigned”; what we consider to be a “health-related biomedical and behavioral outcome”; how to classify “ancillary studies”; in what circumstances we would consider a mechanistic study to be a clinical trial; the use of surveys, questionnaires and user preferences; and more.