“Never work with children or animals.” – W.C. Fields
In late 2010, NIH began assessing the necessity of using chimpanzees in biomedical and behavioral research, and in December 2011, NIH indicated that it would not fund any project that included research involving chimpanzees until proper guidelines were put in place. Last week, NIH clarified its interim policy and announced that it would accept submissions that include chimpanzee samples, so long as the samples were obtained on or before December 15, 2011. For samples collected after that date, applicants must provide additional information concerning their collection.
NIH also announced new requirements for applications involving human embryonic stem cells, which are scheduled to take effect for the September 25, 2012, submissions.
The National Research Council’s Committee on Research Universities hosted a Webcast entitled “Research Universities and the Future of America: Ten Breakthrough Actions Vital to Our Nation’s Prosperity and Security.”