Nextgov: White House, NIH Directors Weigh in on Proposed Health and Human Services Research Arm

“An advanced, government-run research center devoted to driving and funding breakthroughs in medicine and health care will need the right culture and a galvanizing first director to succeed, according to federal officials leading the government’s research efforts today.”

“Among the proposals to boost American research and development capabilities included in President Joe Biden’s 2022 budget is a move to establish a public health-focused version of research organizations like the Defense Advanced Research Programs Agency, better known as DARPA.”

“The president’s budget included $6.5 billion to create the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health, or ARPA-H, within the Health and Human Services Department’s National Institutes of Health.”

“During an informational session held Friday, officials from NIH and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, or OSTP, offered some insight into what such an agency would look like, what it’s mission would be and how that would fit with other health-focused agencies—especially the research programs at NIH—and other research organizations, such as DARPA, the Energy Department’s ARPA-E and intelligence community’s IARPA.”

“While such an agency would be focused on treating and potentially curing diseases and conditions like cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s, the big ambition will be to develop new sciences that could be applied to a range of conditions…” Read the full article here.

Source: White House, NIH Directors Weigh in on Proposed Health and Human Services Research Arm – By Aaron Boyd, June 28, 2021. Nextgov.

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