Thursday, May 19, 2011

Update on NIH funding

Below is an update on NIH funding from the Genetic Alliance.

I just returned, with Candice and Crystal, from the American Thoracic Society meeting. One of the big concerns, both in formal sessions and in informal conversations, was worry about cuts to medical research budgets. Everyone was just about in a panic about it. Without research, there can't be a cure. With more limited dollars, the fight for those dollars will be even more intense.

NIH Directors Testify on Budget Request

Last Wednesday, May 11, 2011, the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee heard testimonies from five NIH directors on the FY 2012 NIH budget request. NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins presented the importance of translational science, the economic benefits of medical research, and the need for continued funding to compete on a global level. Dr. Anthony Fauci (Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases), Dr. Griffin Rodgers (Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases), Dr. Susan Shurin (Acting Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute), and Dr. Harold Varmus (Director of the National Cancer Institute) also addressed the panel. Subcommittee members Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) and Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) responded by expressing support for the NIH's efforts and interest in learning more about the National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS).

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