United for Medical Research Applauds Introduction of Federal Legislation to Boost NIH Funding

January 28th, 2015

WASHINGTON – The following statement may be attributed to Carrie Wolinetz, PhD, President, United for Medical Research:

“We commend Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Brian Higgins (D-NY) and Peter King (R-NY) for introducing two new pieces of legislation this week that would boost federal funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – the American Cures Act and the Accelerating Biomedical Research Act. With stagnant funding levels surpassing a decade, our nation is falling deeper and deeper into a medical innovation deficit. These steadfast congressional leaders recognize our country’s dire position and the importance of making lifesaving and economy-fueling NIH funding a top priority in the 114th Congress.

“In the coming weeks, United for Medical Research, in partnership with the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, will release a report that explores new approaches to achieving steady funding growth for NIH. As a nation with a rich history of landmark medical discoveries, from mapping the human genome to eliminating the polio epidemic, we urge Congress to restore its commitment to medical research.”