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In September 2008, the Health Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing to review the status of the implementation of the NIH Reform Act of 2006. In this section NAEVR provides updates on the Act's implementation and a full accounting of its activities that were taken to shape the 2006 legislation.

As one of its last acts before adjounment in December 2006, the 109th Congress passed the NIH Reform Act of 2006, although one with significant changes than the version originally passed by the House in late September 2006, as a result of changes made to the bill by the Senate. The bill was signed by the President on January 15th, 2007.

  • To read a concise summary of the final version of the bill, click here.
  • To read the full text of the final version of the bill, click here.
  • To read the Committee Report of the original House bill, click here.

The NIH has a section on its website with more information on the NIH reauthorization.

Legislative Updates

October 27, 2011
NIH’s SMRB Meets to Review Status of Recommendations

December 8, 2010
SMRB Recommends New Translational Research Center, Clinical Center Changes

November 18, 2010
NIH Announces Formation of Task Force to Study Impact of Creating a New Substance Use, Abuse and Addiction Research Institute

September 16, 2010
NIH’s SMRB Recommends Creation of New "Addiction" Institute and Holds Initial Discussions on an NIH Strategy for Translational Research—NAEVR Comments on Potential Impact on Vision Research

June 15, 2010
NIH Director Dr. Collins Stresses Power of the "Genetic Signature" to Develop Personalized Treatments in his First Appearance Before the House Energy and Commerce Committee

May 20, 2010
NAEVR Testifies Against Merging NIH Institutes at Meeting Where Dr. Collins Asks the SMRB To Develop an Integrated Approach to Translational Research

April 28, 2009
NIH’s Scientific Management Review Board Meets, Organizes Working Groups to Address NIH Structural/Management Issues

November 21, 2008
Dr. Kington Briefs NIH Council of Councils on NIH Priorities

September 10, 2008
NIH Director Dr. Elias Zerhouni Updates Congress on Status of NIH Reauthorization Legislation

December 11, 2006
Congress Reauthorizes NIH; Funds Government into 2007

September 27, 2006
House Passes NIH Reform Bill with Strong Bipartisan Support

September 22, 2006
NAEVR Endorses the National Institutes of Health Reform Act of 2006

September 21, 2006
House Energy and Commerce Committee Reports Out NIH Reform Bill; Chairman Barton Plans House Floor Action Prior to Election Recess

August 31, 2006
Chairman Barton Plans Mid-September Release of NIH Reauthorization Legislation

June 14, 2006
E&C Committee Investigates NIH Human Tissue Research Policies; Potential Implication for NIH Reauthorization

June 5, 2006
NAEVR Participates in Meeting with House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Joe Barton, Who Announces NIH Reauthorization Plans

August 29, 2005
NAEVR Participates in Town Hall Meeting to Discuss NIH Reauthorization

August 24, 2005
House NIH Reauthorization Bill Expected in September

Fact Sheets

NEI Fact Sheet

Congressional Testimony

Testimony of NIH Director Dr. Zerhouni before the Health Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee (September 10, 2008)

Testimony of NIH Director Dr. Zerhouni before the House Energy and Commerce Committee (September 19, 2006)

Testimony of NIH Director Dr. Zerhouni before the Health Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee (March 17, 2005)

Press Releases

September 9, 2008
NAEVR Commends NIH Director Dr. Elias Zerhouni's House Testimony Urging Predictable and Sustained NIH Funding, Especially to Train and Retain New Investigators and Clinician-Scientists

December 11, 2006
NAEVR Commends Congress for Passing the National Institutes of Health Reform Act of 2006 Authorizing Higher Funding Levels for Research

September 27, 2006
NAEVR Commends The House For Its Strong Bipartisan Vote For The National Institutes of Health Reform Act of 2005

September 22, 2006
NAEVR Endorses the National Insititutes of Health Reform Act of 2006