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National Institutes of Health

The CLS is pleased to see that Congress supported a $2...


It turns out, they like us, or so they say. Biomedical researchers should take note that for the second year in a row, U.S. Senate appropriators have declared funding the National Institutes of Health a...

CBRC Briefings

Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus Briefing Series

Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus
2014 Briefing Series

February 26

The BRAIN Initiative: Building on a Century of Basic Research.
Cori Bargmann, Ph.D., The Rockefeller University

April 2

Understanding Circadian Rhythms: Understanding Sleep Disorders
Michael Rosbash, Ph.D., Brandeis University

May 7

HIV/AIDS in 2014: Progress and Priorites
Anthony Fauci, MD, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, NIH

June 18

Paying Dividends: How Federally Funded Biomedical Research Fuels the Pharmaceutical Industry in the United States
Mark Tessier-Lavigne, Ph.D., The Rockefeller University

July 16

Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Advances and Potential
Lawrence Goldstein, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

July 30

CRISPR: The Game Changing Therapeutic Technology
Feng Zhang, Ph.D., McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT

Sept. 10

Aging and the Normal Brain
Carol Barnes, Ph.D., University of Arizona



Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus
2013 Briefing Series

April 10

Mind Over Matter
Krishna Shenoy, Stanford University

April 24

The State of Personalize Therapy for Breast Cancer Patients
Alana Welm, Huntsman Cancer Institute, Utah

May 15

Lung on a Chip
Donald Ingber, Children's Hospital, Boston

June 12

Digging Up New Antibiotics
Sean Brady, The Rockefeller University, New York

June 26

Why Pharma Needs the NIH
James Sabry, Genentech, San Francisco

July 17

Genetic Surgery: Curing Hemophilia
Katherine High, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

July 24

Traumatic Brain Injury: What Football Players and Returning Veterans Have in Common
Walter Koroshetz, NIH

Sept. 11

Transplanting Cells to Reduce Seizures
Arturo Alvarez-Buylla, UCSF

Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus
2012 Briefing Series

March 28

Early riser? Maybe it's in your genes
Louis Ptacek, University of California, San Francisco

May 9

The Biodiversity of Science: When Physics and Biology Collide
Steve Quake, Stanford University

May 30

Listeria: From Food Poisoning to Cancer Immunotherapy
Dan Portnoy, University of California, Berkeley

June 6

How Do Bacteria Communicate with Each Other and What Does that Mean for People
Bonnie Bassler, Princeton University

June 20

Silencing Human Disease with RNAinterference
Craig Mello, University of Massachusetts

July 25

Sins of the Fathers and Mothers: Epigenetic Influences Passed from Parent to Child
Joe Nadeau, Institute for Systems Biology

Sept. 12

The Emperor of All Maladies
Siddhartha Mukerjee, Columbia University

Suspended Animation: Control of Respiration during Trauma

Mark Roth
October 5, 2011

Watch Dr. Roth, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, as he discusses his studies of suspended animation: the art of shutting down life processes and then starting them up again. Previously, the idea of suspended animation only "lived" in the realm of science fiction. Yet Roth's research is showing that this technique can potentially “suspend” trauma victims long enough to be successfully treated and therefore extend their survival.


Regenerative Medicine and its Role in Improving Recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury in Military Service Members

Regina Armstrong
September 21, 2011

Dr. Armstrong from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences discusses research into treatments for traumatic brain injury (TBI) that has focused on clinical management, diagnosis, and possible long-term consequences that could result from the initial trauma. Accordingly, regenerative medicine attempts to further improve recovery by a) inducing plasticity, b) stimulating repair, c) exploiting stem cell transplantation, and d) modifying the environment of the damaged brain region. TBI is a significant and puzzling challenge for healthcare providers in the United States. Between 10 and 20% of troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are estimated to have suffered a TBI, and more than 1.1 million civilians each year seek emergency room treatment for TBI.