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SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae

December 15th, 2014 by Mary Wood


…  A researcher profile system for all individuals who apply for, receive or are associated with research investments from federal agencies.

SciENcv is a feature in My NCBI that helps you create online professional profiles that can be made public to share with others.

eRA Commons and ORCID account holders who have linked their accounts to My NCBI can have their SciENcv profiles automatically populated with the information stored in their biographical records.


Library Guide on Author IDs and ORCID


Earlier blog post re beta version, November 7th, 2013
SciENcv – Science Experts Nework
NIH Notice, NOT-OD-13-114

Neuroscience Nobelist Cajal Drawings at NIH

December 5th, 2014 by Mary Wood

As reported in the December 5 NIH Record, seven drawings of the Spanish scientist-artist Santiago Ramon y Cajal are now on exhibit at NIH, Porter Neuroscience Research Center.


Photographic “tiles” that reproduce details of tissue slides that Cajal prepared


Comparison of competing ideas about the composition of the nervous system.


“These drawings by Cajal, who was an artist, anatomist and is considered the father of modern neuroscience, will be inspiring to the scientists who work here.”


His advances in neuroanatomy, brain pathology and developments defining the nervous system led Cajal to provide evidence of “neuron doctrine,” which is the basis for modern neuroscience. Cajal shared (with Italian pathologist Camillo Golgi of “Golgi stain” renown) the 1906 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine.


“Cajal was able to show beautiful, elegant structures of individual neurons and link the structure of those neurons to their function.”



The Cajal exhibit, developed and sponsored by Office of NIH History in the Office of Intramural Research, will be open through April.

Pain Research Database

June 6th, 2014 by Mary Wood

Federal pain research database launched




NIH news release 5.27.14: Multi-agency effort combines pain research information in easy-to-use database


The Interagency Pain Research Portfolio (IPRP), a database that provides information about pain research and training activities supported by the federal government, has been launched by six federal agencies.


.The database was developed by NIH staff and members of the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC). The IPRCC is a federal advisory committee formed to increase understanding of pain and improve treatment strategies by expanding pain research efforts and encouraging collaboration across the government.


The database is managed by the Office of Pain Policy at NINDS
To access the IPRP database
For information about the IPRCC
For general information about pain

NIH : BRAIN Initiative

June 6th, 2014 by Mary Wood

Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN)

NIH news release 6.5.14: New report outlines initiative goals, budget, and timeline

A federal report BRAIN 2025 : A Scientific Vision calls for $4.5 billion in funding for brain research over the next 12 years.  The long-term scientific vision of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative was presented by the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD).


For more information about the BRAIN Initiative and the ACD working group:
NIH BRAIN Initiative website
NIH BRAIN Initiative Feedback website
NIH Advisory Committee to the Director BRAIN Working Group website

NIH and California: by the numbers

April 28th, 2014 by Mary Wood

FASEB Releases Updated NIH State Factsheets


FASEB has created a new set of factsheets describing the importance of NIH funding to each state. The factsheets include a table listing NIH funding by congressional district, a summary of the biomedical research profile for the state, and talking points on how investment in NIH research benefits the economy of the state.

NIH State Information Factsheets


California State Factsheet (pdf)



Nobel Laureate Schekman November NIH Lecture

November 25th, 2013 by Mary Wood

2013 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine Dr. Randy Schekman lecture

hosted by NIH Cell Biology and Metabolism Program can be viewed here



Professor of cell biology and developmental biology at UC Berkeley, Schekman detailed his investigation of the autophagy pathway, which offers keys to understanding mammalian cellular responses to stress and pathogen infection.

He urged the scientific community to reconsider “where and how we choose to publish our most important work” and to:


sign the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment DORA which aims to improve the ways in which the outputs of scientific research are evaluated
submit papers to online journals such as e-Life, where articles are not restricted by length, incur no page charges, are accessible to all subscription and are edited by active investigators.

“Don’t only focus on traditional journals. Their limitations are artificial by the standards of the 21st century.”

PubMed Commons

October 23rd, 2013 by Mary Wood

PubMed Commons is a system that enables researchers to share their opinions about scientific publications. Researchers can comment on any publication indexed by PubMed, and read the comments of others. PubMed Commons is a forum for open and constructive criticism and discussion of scientific issues. It will thrive with high quality interchange from the scientific community.

PubMed Commons is currently in a closed pilot testing phase, which means that only invited participants can add and view comments in PubMed.


How to Join PubMed Commons
For the current pilot testing phase there is a limited facility for joining that may work for you. Several organizations have provided lists of approved author e-mail addresses. If you are included on the list, you can request an invitation to join. Additional options for joining will be provided in future releases.

In order to complete the process you will also need to have a My NCBI account.

Currently, author information has been compiled from:
NIH extramural programs
NIH intramural programs
Wellcome Trust


PubMed Commons:  Frequently asked questions
..such as  Why can’t I see any comments in PubMed?


Revised Intl Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research

August 5th, 2013 by Mary Wood

NIH  OER  OLAW .  Notice Number: NOT-OD-13-096

Implementation of the Revised International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research Involving Animals

Notice provides guidance to Public Health Service (PHS) awardee institutions on implementation of the revised International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research Involving Animals of the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) and the International Council for Laboratory Animal Science (ICLAS).

PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals  requires that institutions have an approved Animal Welfare Assurance before conducting activities involving live vertebrate animals.  Institutional assurance is partially met by  Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC) accreditation.  The Guiding Principles were developed in 1985 and revised in 2012 to provide a framework of responsibility and oversight to ensure the appropriate use of animals, and used as reference for both PHS and AAALAC.

olaw….Comments on Guiding Principles through September 30, 2013

New NIH funding for two Autism Centers of Excellence

April 2nd, 2013 by Mary Wood

A total of 11 centers now funded for up to five years

The National Institutes of Health has awarded $5.3 million in initial one-year funding to the latest two recipients of the Autism Centers of Excellence (ACE) program. With these awards, announced on World Autism Awareness Day, these and nine other ACE centers around the country are now being funded for up to five years. The program was created in 2007 to launch an intense and coordinated research effort aimed at identifying the causes of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and finding new treatments.

The new ACE awards will fund two research networks:

  • Sally J. Rogers, Ph.D., University of California, Davis MIND Institute. The UC Davis network will conduct multi-site randomized clinical trials to provide information on what effects the style of early intervention for young children with autism, and the intensity of treatment, have on children’s development.  A second study aims to determine whether toddlers who received early intervention in a previous clinical trial show long-term benefits from the intervention.  Centers participating with UC Davis are the McLean Hospital, Belmont, Mass.; the University of Washington, Seattle; and Vanderbilt University, Nashville
  • Daniel Geschwind, M.D., Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles. The UCLA ACE will build on the network’s earlier work identifying genetic variants associated with autism susceptibility, with an important new emphasis: the network aims to recruit at least 600 African-American families with a child with an ASD.  The work will also include an evaluation of disparities in diagnosis and access to care. Scientists at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City; Emory University, Atlanta; Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore; Washington University, St. Louis; and Yale University, New Haven, Conn., will carry out this study with UCLA.

NIH Director’s Blog

January 29th, 2013 by Ferguson Mitchell

Francis Collins

Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health,  started a blog a few months ago. Recent postings include a discussion of copy-editing the genome, the science of stuttering, and a new rheumatoid arthritis drug developed from NIH research. Dr. Collins also has been posting some stunning research-related images. Some content examples include:

– Smoking: It’s Killing Us

– MRSA In a New Light

– Copy-Editing the Genome: Extreme Personalized Medicine?

To follow his posts, please see his blog on NIH.

Image courtesy NIH.