|Vol. LXVIII, No. 14|
New CC Authority, Grant Disparity, Zika Top ACD Agenda
Crucial topics at home and abroad headlined the most recent meeting of the advisory committee to the NIH director (ACD).
At NIH home base, the Clinical Center’s leadership began to undergo some of its first significant restructuring since opening in 1953, in response to recommendations by the ACD-appointed Red Team [see sidebar 1].
In the extramural community, persistent disparities in funding outcomes for African- American grant applicants will be studied further following new analysis by NIH’s Office of Scientific Workforce Diversity [see sidebar 2].
Globally, the Zika outbreak has spread to Puerto Rico with no signs of slowing. Newly confirmed facts about the virus’s impact on fetuses, newborns and pregnant women require immediate and comprehensive research, according to updates by leaders of NIAID and NICHD [see sidebar 3].
These issues, reports on the Cancer Moonshot and Big Data to Knowledge and more packed the 1½-day ACD agenda June 9-10.