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The latest developments around the fields of

  • Energy
  • Genetics/Genomics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Neuroscience
  • Robotics/AI

Pups for Patriots Act of 2017 (HR 3335, 115th Congress)

  • Government
  • Elected Body
  • Neuroscience

Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to enter into contracts with qualified nonprofit organizations to provide service dogs to eligible veterans with a mental health mobility disorder related to post-traumatic stress or traumatic brain injury.

Updated last August 3, 2017
for the 07/20/2017 version of HR 3335.

Individual’s Right Under HIPAA to Access their Health Information (HHS Guidance)

  • Government
  • Agency
  • Genetics/Genomics
  • Neuroscience

Original Development Brief – Provides individuals with a legal, enforceable right to see and receive copies, upon request, of the information in their medical and other health records maintained by their health care providers and health plans.

Updated last July 12, 2017
for the 01/07/2016 guidance.

Preventing Cognitive Decline and Dementia: A Way Forward (NASEM Report)

  • Other
  • Neuroscience

Assesses the current state of knowledge on interventions to prevent cognitive decline and dementia, and informs future research in this area, and provides recommendations of appropriate content for inclusion in public health messages from the National Institute on Aging.

Updated last August 16, 2017
for the 2017 report.

Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and the Economy

  • Government
  • Executive
  • Robotics/AI

Original Development Brief – Recommends policy responses to the projected effects of artificial intelligence-driven automation on the US job market and economy.

Updated last July 6, 2017
for the 12/20/2016 version of the report.

National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (HR 2810 / S 1519, 115th Congress)

  • Government
  • Elected Body
  • Genetics/Genomics
  • Neuroscience
  • Robotics/AI

Authorizes appropriations for fiscal year 2018 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction; establishes certain requirements and programs related to traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, artificial intelligence, drones, and biological engineering / genetic enhancement.

Updated last July 7, 2017
for the 07/06/2017 version of HR 2810.

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Act (S 311 / HR 2972, 115th Congress)

  • Government
  • Elected Body
  • Neuroscience

Original Development Brief  Authorizes grants for training and support services for families and caregivers of people living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.

Updated last July 5, 2017
for the 02/06/2017 version of S 311 and the 06/21/2017 version of HR 2972.

Providing for Congressional Disapproval under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of the Rule Submitted by the Social Security Administration Relating to Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 (Public Law 115-8)

  • Government
  • Agency
  • Elected Body
  • Executive
  • Statute
  • Neuroscience

Original Development Brief – Repeals the rule that required the Social Security Administration to report persons with certain mental disabilities to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

Updated last June 28, 2017
for Public Law 115-8.

Wounded Warrior Enhancement Research Act (HR 4587 / S 1466, 115th Congress)

  • Government
  • Agency
  • Elected Body
  • Neuroscience

Requires the Department of Defense to award grants to fund research on orthotics and prosthetics for members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and civilians who have undergone amputation, traumatic brain injury, and other serious physical injury as a result of combat or military experience.

Updated last December 14, 2017
for the 06/28/2017 version of S 1466 and the 12/07/2017 version of HR 4587.

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