One simple message: Protect NIH

November 16th, 2011

As the congressional supercommittee’s deadline approaches, a chorus of voices across the medical research community are speaking out, urging lawmakers to shield NIH from further cuts:

  • On Sunday, Ohio University President Roderick McDavis wrote in The Athens News that “despite strong public support, funding from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and other historic funding sources is projected to decline. This trend must be reversed.”
  • This past Monday, Tracy Jan at The Boston Globe wrote on the effects that research cuts would have on the Massachusetts economy. Susan Hockfield, president of MIT, explained that “reducing funding for research would be an enormous mistake. This is the kind of investment you have to make in good times and in bad.”
  • The next day, The Columbus Dispatch featured Dr. John Barnard of Nationwide Children’s hopsital in an article on the erosion of biomedical research funding. He said that, “When funding is tight, and we can see the potential, it’s doubly frustrating that we can’t move forward. We can see the endgame here. For a lot of us, it’s tantalizingly close.”
  • And today, the Post-Bulletin in Rochester, Minn. pointed to the Mayo Clinic’s efforts to prevent cuts at NIH. In the Mayo Clinic’s opinion “perspective,” Dr. Patricia Simmons wrote that “medical research should not be viewed as an expense to the Federal government, but rather it should be viewed as an investment in our nation’s health and economy.”