Key scientists detail their plans for a new research agency

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WASHINGTON – Two key federal health officials present new branch of the National Institutes of Health that would undertake higher risk research than the rest of the agency, with the aim of “transforming important areas of medicine and health “.

The new vision, from Biden science adviser Eric Lander and NIH director Francis Collins, gives new details to an initiative President Biden has touted as a new research agency to “end cancer like we know him ”. Their plan would push the new agency to focus on much broader goals, like inventing smartwatches that continuously monitor blood pressure, developing vaccines that can be designed and approved in 100 days, and finding new techniques to track impact. of Alzheimer’s disease on the brain. . ARPA-H will also focus on eliminating health disparities, they said.

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