Heart disease, stroke and other forms of cardiovascular disease remain America’s leading cause of death. They affect an estimated 83 million Americans and cost this nation more than any other disease. The direct and indirect costs of cardiovascular disease are expected to exceed $1 trillion per year by 2030. Despite the enormous burden these diseases place on our nation, NIH heart and stroke research remains disproportionately underfunded, especially in light of the many promising scientific opportunities that could advance the fight against these diseases. The NIH invests only 4 percent of its budget on heart research and a mere 1 percent on stroke research. NIH research is a wise investment, as every $1 spent returns $7. NIH funding also provides jobs to communities across the country.
FASEB has created a new set of factsheets describing the importance of NIH funding in select congressional districts throughout the country to be used in combination with the NIH state factsheet series. The district factsheets include a summary of NIH funding, examples of recent breakthroughs that have resulted from research conducted at local universities and institutions, and a description of the impact NIH grants have had on businesses, the commercialization of new technologies, and training the next generation of scientists in the district.
Sequestration is an undiscerning and blunt budget tool that would substantially harm our nation’s future by blindly slashing valuable investments in education and scientific research, as well as other important discretionary programs that provide health, economic, and national security. There is much public discussion about the impact of sequestration on the defense budget but little about the proposed indiscriminate cuts to the non-defense discretionary budget. Deficit reduction until now has concentrated almost entirely on non-defense discretionary expenditures, which are only about one-sixth of the budget. Spending on these programs is not the primary cause of our rising debt.
NDD programs are core functions government provides for the benefit of all, including medical and scientific research; education and job training; infrastructure; public safety and law enforcement; public health; weather monitoring and environmental protection; natural and cultural resources; housing and social services; and international relations. Every day these programs support economic growth and strengthen the safety and security of every American in every state and community across the nation.
The patients, scientists, and health care providers represented by the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research are gravely concerned about the impact of the pending sequestration mandated by the Budget Control Act (BCA) on medical research supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the subsequent negative consequences this funding cut will have on the health of all Americans by slowing scientific progress against disease and disability.
Sequestration will require arbitrary funding cuts that will prevent critical research projects from reaching completion. Since at least 75 percent of the grant budgets are for salaries, the impact on employment and local economies will be immediate and severe. The negative impact on our nation’s health, security, and international competitiveness will be impossible to estimate, and it may take us generations to recover the lost talent, as highly trained researchers and dedicated young scientists and engineers will be driven from science by the disruption of their training and their work.
A report by Sen. Tom Harkin, Chairman of the Senate LHHS Appropriations Subcommittee, detailing the impact of sequestration on a whole array of Federal activities – everything from education to job training, medical research, child care, worker safety, food safety, national parks, border security and safe air travel. These essential government services directly touch every family in America, and they will be subject to deep, arbitrary cuts under sequestration.
This report, “Sequestration: Health Research at the Breaking Point,” illustrates the dire consequences of an across-the-board 7.8% cut, which could reduce funding for research agencies by approximately $3.6 billion in 2013 alone. The National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the National Science Foundation would lose critical funding for innovative research and programs that save lives and drive economic growth.
The $3.8 billion the U.S. government invested in the Human Genome Project (HGP) from 1988 to 2003 helped drive $796 billion in economic impact and the generation of $244 billion in total personal income, according to a study released by Battelle. In 2010 alone, the human genome sequencing projects and associated genomics research and industry activity directly and indirectly generated $67 billion in U.S. economic output and supported 310,000 jobs that produced $20 billion in personal income.
This site contains a compilation of resources related to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for use by biomedical research advocates, policymakers, or members of the general public interested in learning more about the benefits of biomedical research.
NIH is the leading supporter of biomedical research in the world. This research has had a major positive impact on nearly all of our lives by improving human health, fueling the U.S. economy, and creating jobs in our communities. Due in large measure to NIH research, a baby born in the United States today can expect to live to nearly age 79—about three decades longer than one born in 1900. Not only are we living longer, but our quality of life is improving. Over the last quarter century, the proportion of older people with chronic disabilities has dropped by nearly one-third.
The taxpayer-supported NIH provides funds to hospitals, universities, small businesses, independent research institutions and government labs that strive to understand the biology and risk-factors of disease. Companies leverage NIH-funded research and technology into new therapies. Together they develop innovative, life-saving treatments, cures and prevention strategies.
There are few challenges more daunting than the future of health care in this country. This paper introduces the dynamic and emerging field of convergence – which brings together engineering and the physical and life sciences – and explains how convergence provides a blueprint for addressing the health care challenges of the 21st century by providing a new knowledge base, as well as a new generation of diagnostics and therapeutics.
There are hard budget decisions coming for our country and we need to get serious about them. Whether you agree with us that any deficit reduction should take place only after the economic recovery is firmly in place, or agree with thse who believe deficits should be reduced immediately–halting projects and jobs mid stream–there is little argument that the budget deficits projected for the years ahead are unsustainable. Everyone knows that tax increases, spending cuts, or both, are in our future. What few have been willing to do, however, is say what those tax increases and spending cuts might look like.
This report presents a picture of California’s biomedical industry at the beginning of 2010. In these turbulent times, in many respects it is a positive image. Life sciences companies and academic research institutions now directly account for some 274,000 jobs throughout the state. These are high-wage jobs, paying an average of $75,000 annually.
The capitalist system is of great interest and importance in view of its outstanding dynamism relative to that of other systems tried int eh past century. Yet the established body of economic theory–intertemporal, information-theoretic and game-theoretic–does not incorporate key elements of the capitalist dynamic: business innovation as distinct from technological advance and the contributions of entrepreneurs and financiers to the innovation process. As a consequence, established theory cannot capture the core of the dynamism. In fact, it contradicts the existence of such a dynamism: capitalism is an evolving, unruly, open-ended system while the theory implies a deterministic future however buffeted it is by stochastic shocks.
A Broken Pipeline? Flat Funding of the NIH Puts a Generation of Science at Risk, was issued in March 2008. The report chronicles the benefits of the doubling of the NIH budget in the 1990s, but also the risks the flatting of the budget over the last 8 years has posed to a whole generation of researchers and the ideas they could bring to bear in advancing human health and well being.