NINCDS NOTES NINCDS Budget 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. A-34 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.