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Proposed NIH Cuts Would Inhibit Medical Research

Posted in News on 3.30.2017

The current iteration of the federal budget proposed by the U.S. President would cut $1.2 billion to the National Institutes of Heath (NIH), though the budget needs to be approved in both houses of Congress before it can go into effect and thus modifications are possible. 

The cuts target research grant funding, which would substantially reduce the capacity of NIH to fulfill its primary objective of conducting biomedical research.  In the past, NIH research has led to breakthroughs in our understanding of diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s as well as new technologies that map the human brain, sequence genes, and show us images of the human heart. 

Advocates of science and research have criticized the proposed budget cuts   to the NIH, stating that it would be “throwing progress out the window” and endanger the health of Americans. Read the full article here