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Nearing Completion
The N I N C D S FY 1079 budget will be larger than last
year’s, but the amount of the increase remains to be detcrmined. The final figure hinges on two Congressional actions: first, a compromise must be reached between the
House recommendation of 8 188.9 million and the Senate’s
of $225 million (both exclusive of training funds); and sccond, hnal passage of the Department of Health, Education,
and Welfare’s (DHEW) appropriation must await Congressional resolution over an amendment that would severely
limit federal funding for abortions.
Approximately $8 million in training funds will be added
to the final budget, which is scheduled to go into effect
October 1. If a prolonged debate over the abortion issue
holds up passage of the DHEW appropriations bill, the
Institute would operate under a continuing resolution (using resources based on the FY 1978 budget allocation)
until the bill is passed.
The House Subcommittee on the Departments of
Labor and Health, Education, and Welfare, under Representative Daniel Flood, had initially requested $188.9 million (without training) for NINCDS; the Senate Subcommittee on the Departments of Labor and Health, Education, and Welfare, under Senator Warren Magnuson, had
requested $22 5 million (without training). After the House
and Senate Subcommittee recommendations are voted on
by their respective full committees, those committees’ recommendations must be approved by the entire House and
Senate membership. To resolve the difference in the
House and Senate appropriations, a Conference Committee figure must be agreed upon, passed by both the House
and the Senate, and sent to the President for signature.
Institute Director Dr Donald B. Tower says, “The proposed sizeable increase in the N I N C D S budget should enable us to fund research at a more appropriate level than
has been possible in previous years. In large part, the
House and Senate Subcommittees’ proposed increase reflects the successful efforts of voluntary and professional
organizations in emphasizing to Congress the importance
of research on neurolog~caland communicative sciences
and disorders.”
Research Grant
and Training Awards
The N I N C D S advisory council recommended funding o f
153 research grants at $9.5 million at its May 25-26 meeting. The council also recommended funding of 16 Research
Career Development Awards (all to PhDs); 11 Teacher
Investigator Development Awards ( 4 to PhDs and 7 to
MDs); and 97 Individual National Research Service
Awards. Of those last awards, 82 recipients are PhDs, 10
are MDs, 1 is an MDIPhD, and 4 are listed in the ”other”
category. No Institutional National Research Service
Awards were reviewed; applications for these awards are
considered only at the council’s January meeting.
K. Kenneth Hisaoka Dies
D r K. Kenneth Hisaoka, the Institute’s Extramural Activities Program Director for the past year, died May 26 of
cancer at the N I H Clinical Center. H e was 53.
D r Hisaoka had coordinated the administration of the
Institute’s Extramural Activities Program. The N I N C D S
will begin seeking candidates for the job, considering
primarily D H E W administrators who are familiar with Department procedures and policies; qualified scientist/
administrators outside the DHEW also would be considered.
According to N I N C D S Director Dr Donald B. Tower,
filling the job is likely to take at least four months. Currently, Dr J. Buckminster Ranney is the Acting Director.
Fzlndamentd.. of
Stroke Cdre Published
A new guide for physicians and hospital staff members who
provide care for stroke patients is available from the
NINCDS. Entitled Fundamentals of Stroke Care, the volume
contains updated versions of reports published by the Joint
Committee for Stroke Facilities as a series in the journal
Stroke between 1972 and 1975. Edited by A. L. Sahs and
E. C. Hartman, Fundamentals is intended as a more detailed companion to Guidelines for Stroke Care, published
last year by the same group.
The two publications are the culmination of a ten-year
effort by the Joint Committee for Stroke Facilities to provide authoritative guidance in stroke care. The Joint Committee, composed of representatives of 17 national, professional, and voluntary organizations, was spearheaded by the
American Neurological Association and funded by the Regional Medical Programs Service and the NINCDS. (The
Regional Medical Programs Service is now a part of the
Bureau of Health Planning and Resources Development,
Health Resources Administration, DHEW.)
The spectrum covered in Fundamentals includes epidemiology, clinical prevention, transient focal cerebral ischemia, laboratory evaluation of strokes, and medical and
surgical management. Also reviewed are special procedures
and equipment, nursing care, rehabilitation, and strokes in
children. Finally, community health services, training,
manpower and research, and the value of hospital care for
the stroke patient are discussed.
Single copies of Fundamentals are available from
NINCDS. When the Institute’s supply runs out, copies
may be purchased from the Government Printing Office
for $6.50. The Institute still has a small supply of the earlier
handbook, Guidelines, and will accommodate requests for
single copies.
This information is prepared monthly by the Office of Scientific
and Health Reports, National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke. For further information: write
or call: Carolyn Holstein, NINCDSIOSHR, N I H Bldg 3 1, Room
8A-16, Bethesda, M D 20014; tel: (301) 496-5751.
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