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Opinion: Former Merck CEO and Princeton University President Emeritus on ‘Trump’s War on Science Threatens U.S. Prosperity’

Princeton, NJ, June 12, 2017Roy Vagelos, retired Chairman and CEO of Merck & Co. and Chairman of the Board of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, and Shirley Tilghman, President Emeritus of Princeton University and a professor of Molecular Biology and Public Affairs, published the following opinion piece in The Star-Ledger on June 6:

In the past 40 years, the U.S. has been the world leader in converting fundamental scientific discoveries into innovative new treatments for life-threatening disease.  New drugs, vaccines, and medical devices have improved human health and increased our lifespan. Continue reading

Trump Proposed 2018 Budget Makes Heavy Cuts to Science Research

President Donald Trump

Washington, DC, June 5, 2017 — Ali Breland reports on The Hill that President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget unveiled Tuesday proposes massive cuts for the National Science Foundation.

The plan would cut $776 million, an 11 percent reduction, from the foundation, which gives grants for non-medical research in science and engineering.

Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, defended the proposal, accusing the foundation of wasteful spending. Continue reading

White House’s 2018 Budget Plan Would ‘Devastate’ R&D, Says AAAS CEO Rush Holt

Washington, DC, May 31, 2017 — The double-digit percentage cuts President Donald Trump is proposing in his fiscal 2018 budget plan for science and technology programs would “devastate America’s science and technology enterprise” and weaken the nation’s economic growth, Rush Holt, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), said on May 22.

Pointing to the budget blueprint the White House delivered to Congress Tuesday, Holt said, the plan, if enacted, would make steep cuts to science and technology programs and “negatively affect our nation’s economy and public well-being.”

Holt, a former New Jersey Congressman, cited several agencies and programs facing particularly “severe” cuts. Continue reading

Christie Administration Releases 2017 Taxpayers’ Guide to Education Spending

Trenton, NJ, April 26, 2017 — The New Jersey Department of Education last month released the 2017 Taxpayers’ Guide to Education Spending.

“The annual spending guide is a tool designed to provide transparency to New Jerseyans about how schools spend their taxpayer dollars to educate students,” said Acting Education Commissioner Kimberley Harrington.

The Taxpayers’ Guide to Education Spending includes two types of total expenditures for school districts’ annual budgets: Continue reading

Trump Budget Proposes Deep Cuts to Medical Research and Health Care

Washington, DC, May 24, 2017 — Alison Kodjak and Rob Stein report on NPR that President Donald J. Trump’s proposed budget unveiled Tuesday doubles down on major cuts to biomedical research, programs to fight infectious disease outbreaks, health care for the poor, elderly and disabled, and prevention of HIV/AIDS.

The 2018 budget, which is entitled “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” restates the goals of the “skinny budget” the administration released in March, which was widely condemned by scientists and public health advocates. Continue reading

Trump Administration’s Hiring Freeze Means Nearly 700 Vacancies at CDC

Washington, DC, May 22, 2017 — Lena H. Sun reports in The Washington Post that nearly 700 positions are vacant at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) because of a continuing freeze on hiring that officials and researchers say affects programs supporting local and state public health emergency readiness, infectious disease control and chronic disease prevention.

The same restriction remains in place throughout the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) despite the lifting of a government-wide hiring freeze last month. Continue reading

AAAS Applauds Congress for Protecting Fiscal 2017 R&D Spending

Washington, DC, May 17, 2017 — Anne Q. Hoy reports that the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) applauded congressional leaders for their bipartisan support in backing fiscal 2017 funding for research and development programs, according to a letter AAAS sent to House and Senate leaders on May 9.

“We commend Congress and the White House for working together to prevent a government shutdown and finalizing appropriations for fiscal year 2017,” said Rush Holt, AAAS CEO and executive publisher of the Science family of journals, in the letter sent to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.). Continue reading

Congress Boosts Research Funding in Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Precision Medicine, BRAIN Initiative and ‘Superbugs’

Washington, DC, May 2, 2017 — Ariana Eunjung Cha reports in The Washington Post that Congress unveiled a bipartisan budget late Sunday that contains a number of welcome surprises for researchers who had been panicking since March, when President Trump proposed deep funding cuts for science and health.

Under the deal, the National Institutes of Health will get a $2 billion boost in fiscal year 2017, as it did the previous year.

Trump had proposed cutting the NIH budget by about one-fifth, or $6 billion, in a draft 2018 budget.

Here are some of the big research winners: Continue reading

Study: NIH Budget Cuts Could Translate to Less Innovation and Fewer Patents

Washington, DC, April 17, 2017 — Melissa Healy reports in The Los Angeles Times that, from research on stem cells and DNA sequencing to experiments with fruit flies and surveys of human behavior, projects funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) aim to make Americans healthier.

A new analysis finds that NIH-funded research also fuels the kinds of innovations that drive the U.S. economy.

Between 1990 and 2012, close to 1 in 10 projects made possible by an NIH grant resulted in a patent, usually for a university or a hospital. Continue reading

Former FDA Commissioner Robert Califf Urges Scientific Community to Speak Out Against ‘Ridiculous’ Budget Proposal

Dr. Robert Califf

Washington, DC, April 6, 2017 — Ike Swetlitz reports in STAT that Dr. Robert Califf, the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, on Tuesday called President Trump’s budget blueprint “ridiculous” and implored the scientific community to “speak out against it.”

Califf made the remarks while moderating a panel at a meeting on how clinical trial data should be shared within and beyond the research community.

The two-day meeting was hosted by the New England Journal of Medicine, one of the top peer-reviewed medical journals. Continue reading