Tag Archives: National Institutes of Health

NIH Awards 11 Research Grants to Help Address Health Disparities; Director Francis Collins Quoted

Francis Collins

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded 11 grants worth $58 million combined over five years to support research initiatives that seek to advance health equity and address health disparities. NIH awarded the grants through the Transformative Research to Address Health Disparities and Advance Health Equity initiative of the NIH Common Fund.

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Francis Collins Ending Tenure as NIH Director

Francis Collins

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins will step down from his role by the end of year, concluding a 12-year tenure as the agency's leader. He will continue to lead a laboratory at NIH's National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), which conducts biological studies on type 2 diabetes, the Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday.

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GRSi Secures 5-Year NIH Biomedical Tech Support Contract

NIBIB Systems

GRSi has secured a potential five-year, $12 million contract to provide technical support services to a National Institutes of Health organization focused on exploring biomedical technology. The Bethesda, Maryland-based information technology company said Monday it will perform enterprise engineering work for the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering.

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Federal Officials Propose Creation of Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health

Electronic Health

Federal science and health officials plan to create a research agency within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop technologies that could help detect, prevent and treat cancer, infectious diseases and other illnesses. They said the current administration requested $6.5 billion in funds for fiscal 2022 to establish ARPA-H, which should be led by a director for a single five-year term. 

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NIH Taps Queen’s University Belfast for Cancer Research Data Management Services

NIH Confluence Project

The National Institutes of Health‘s (NIH) National Cancer Institute (NCI) has selected Queen’s University Belfast to help the agency collect and manage breast cancer data for a large research repository project, according to a special notice posted on SAM.gov. NCI solicited data management support services from the university as part of the institute's Confluence Project.

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Dr. John J. McGowen Becomes a Director for Guidehouse; Scott McIntyre Quoted

Guidehouse

John J. McGowen, Ph.D., has been named a director for Guidehouse, the consulting service provider announced on Monday. McGowen previously worked as deputy director for science management and executive officer at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and US Department of Health and Human Services.

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Government Healthcare Practitioners Use AI to Support Cancer, COVID-19 Treatment

Healthcare Automation

Andrew Borkowski, who leads a molecular diagnostics laboratory within Florida-based James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, said artificial intelligence can support, but not replace, healthcare providers. He has been working on AI platforms designed to help healthcare practitioners detect lung, colon and colon cancer symptoms. NIH has also adopted AI for use in COVID-19 detection. 

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GAO: NIH Awarded Most SBIR Funding to Venture-Backed Companies in FY 19-20

SBIR Funding

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the departments of the Navy and Education awarded $31.6 million in obligations to nontraditional companies in fiscal years 2019 and 2020. The three agencies issued a total of 45 SBIR awards in a push to drive innovation and research in topic areas that have seen limited private funding, the watchdog noted.

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NIH Provides Funding for Development of Non-Traditional COVID-19 Testing, Surveillance Tech

NIH

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has set aside more than $107 million in research projects and grant supplements to support development of non-traditional technologies needed for COVID-19 testing and surveillance and for addressing future COVID-19 waves and other infectious diseases. 43 U.S. institutions received funding under the "Radical" segment of the agency's Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics program.

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GSA Names New Presidential Innovation Fellows to Increase Innovation; Bob De Luca Quoted

Bob DeLuca

The U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIF) has appointed the 2021 class of fellows, which includes 34 technology and industry leaders that will work to develop innovative solutions to national issues, the agency reported on Monday. The fellows will partner with 22 federal agencies to increase resilience.

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