NIH Scientific Management Review Board Holds Inaugural Meeting

At the inaugural meeting discussions of whether the Board should study the potential merger of the National Institutes on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) were examined and the Board voted to move forward with the study.
On April 27-28 the NIH Scientific Management Review Board convened for its inaugural meeting.  Of particular interest to the extramural research community was a discussion of whether the Board should study the potential merger of the National Institutes on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Despite presentations from eight organizations either opposing the merger and the study of the merger or recommending a more holistic reexamination of the organization of NIH (including APA), the Board voted to move forward with the study. It is being characterized as a study of organizational change to further optimize substance use, abuse, and addiction at NIH. The full meeting is available for viewing at the SMRB meeting website.