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Despite Anxiety, NIH Begins Merging Neuroscience Panels

Science  09 Aug 1996:
Vol. 273, Issue 5276, pp. 731
DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5276.731


NIH staffers are discussing plans to merge the peer review systems of three formerly separate institutes—the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse—that were incorporated into the National Institutes of Health under a 1992 law. The prospect is causing anxiety among some scientists funded by the institutes who fear unsympathetic treatment of behavioral research proposals in a “hard science” environment. But NIH Director Harold Varmus and his extramural chief Wendy Baldwin have begun to nudge the reluctant partners together.