Advocating ARPA-H Prioritize The Epilepsies
Epilepsies Action Network wrote to Dr. Renee Wegrzyn, new Director of Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) to request that as programs and new hires are made the epilepsies be prioritized. Click to see a copy of the letter.
The Omnibus included $1.5B for ARPHA-H with a mission to advance biomedical research and development and create breakthrough health technologies. The agreement:
encourages HHS to collaborate with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop the foundational policies, procedures, and staff training for ARPA-H employees.
believes ARPA-H will require a very different culture and mission than NIH's other 27 Institutes and Centers
recommends the development of an entrepreneurial culture and expects ARP A-H to be physically located away from the main NIH campus
acknowledges the NIH workforce is composed of dedicated, talented, and frequently brilliant scientists, but discourages recruitment from the existing NIH workforce for ARPA-H and instead recommends that ARPA-H recruit from industry, academia, and think tanks, as well as from proven advanced research project organizations.
directs ARPA-H to provide quarterly briefings to the Committees on its establishment process, hiring, and scientific priorities and progress and