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FABBS News Highlights: April 12, 2019

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April 12, 2019





Update on the NIH Definition of Clinical Trials and New Resource Unveiled


FABBS members will recall a consequential decision that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) made in 2016, resulting in a new clinical trial definition capturing basic research that had not been previously considered clinical. If you need a refresher on the topic, or why this is a problem and what has happened over the past couple of years, there are some resources at the end of this article. You can also watch a new talk about the issue by FABBS Immediate-past-President, Jeremy Wolfe, ‘Changing the Definition of Clinical Trials.’







Dr. Bianchi, NICHD Director, Presented at SRCD Biennial Meeting


On March 22, Dr. Diana Bianchi, Director of the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), addressed members of the Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD), a FABBS member society. Following an interesting and compelling story about how she came to lead the Institute, Dr. Bianchi shared information on current NICHD activities, provided an update on the strategic plan, and explained recent changes to training grants.








FABBS Releases Two More Videos – Does Cognitive Science Improve Cancer Detection and Stroke Recovery?


FABBS has released two more videos in its “Cognitive Psychology in the Real World” series. These videos provide examples of how cognitive science keeps us safe and healthy in our daily lives.





One of the new videos is “Can Cognitive Science Help Detect Cancer?” which explains how the science of visual attention used in conjunction with computer-aided technologies help radiologists detect breast cancer. The video features Rachel Brem, MD, Director of Breast Imaging and Intervention as well as a Professor of Radiology at The George Washington University Medical Center.


The video “Can Cognitive Science Help with Stroke Recovery?” discusses how occupational therapy looks to cognitive science to improve rehabilitation treatment such as user interaction with technology. For this video, we visited the National Rehabilitation Hospital, and also spoke with Rahsaan Holley, PhD, a research occupational therapist.




EARLY CAREER SPOTLIGHT: Sara Hart, PhD, Society for the Scientific Study of Reading


Is it All in Your Genes?


Sara Hart attended an all-girls school where everyone had similar backgrounds. Still, not everyone earned high marks.


“It got me thinking–why do some people perform better than others,” says Hart, now director of the Individual Differences in Cognitive Development Lab at Florida State University.













The Center for Open Science is seeking graduate students, post docs, researchers and academic faculty to participate in a survey to investigate the factors that affect the perceived credibility and use of preprints.


Participation in this study involves:

  • A time commitment of 10 to 20 minutes.
  • Survey involving your qualitative, subjective evaluation of factors related to the credibility of preprints.

Currently using preprints (either uploading preprints or reading preprints) is not a prerequisite to participating in the study. If you are interested in enrolling in this study, please click this link which will lead you directly to the survey. You must be 18 or older to participate. If you would like more information, please contact this project’s research lead, Courtney Soderberg, by email (


Apply and Nominate
















FABBS News Highlights is a monthly electronic newsletter published by the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences with the goals of keeping scientists updated on funding and policy issues affecting the sciences of mind, brain and behavior; recognizing the research contributions of leading scientists; and sharing research findings to inform policies and programs.


Editor: Juliane Baron

Contributors: Juliane Baron, Mary Jo Hoeksema, Diana Liao, Jennifer Anderson



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