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Trump to Keep Dr. Francis Collins as Director of National Institutes of Health

Dr. Francis Collins

Washington, DC, June 7, 2017The Washington Post reports that the White House yesterday announced that Francis S. Collins will stay on as Director of the National Institutes of Health, extending Collins’s tenure even as the Trump administration proposes deep cuts to the government’s premier biomedical research center.

Dr. Collins, a physician and geneticist, has led NIH since 2009.

Collins is renowned for his leadership of the International Human Genome Project, which in 2003 sequenced the complete human genetic blueprint for the first time. 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

NIH Considers Limits on Individual Research Funding; Impacts Examined

Westerville, OH, June 4, 2017 Robert Ksiazkiewicz reports on State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI), in part one of two, SSTI will examine NIH’s proposed changes that will place limits on individual researcher funding.

On May 2, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that it intends to implement a new approach to grant funding with the purpose of increasing the number of researchers receiving grants.

These proposed changes are due to a highly skewed distribution of NIH funding with 10 percent of NIH-funded investigators receiving over 40 percent of funding.  NIH intends to roll out specific policies and procedures as part of the new approach – titled the Grant Support Index (GSI) – that will assess effectiveness of NIH research investments. 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

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

Medical Research, Science Funding Spared Under Budget Deal — But More Battles Ahead

Washington, DC, May 2, 2017 —Joel Achenbach, Ben Guarino, Sarah Kaplan and Darryl Fears report in The Washington Post that the lights will stay on in the federal government, and also in the countless laboratories and universities that depend on federal funding for scientific and medical research.

That’s one upshot of the bipartisan budget deal congressional negotiators reached late Sunday.

The bill, clocking in at more than 1,600 pages, is likely to pass both houses of Congress and be signed into law by President Trump this week.  It covers funding through September. Continue reading

Rebuffing Trump’s Call for Cuts, Congress Boosts NIH Funding by $2 Billion

Washington, DC, May 1, 2017 — Lev Facher reports in STAT that the National Institutes of Health will get a $2 billion funding boost over the next five months, under a bipartisan spending deal reached late Sunday night in Congress.

The agreement marks a sharp rejection of President Trump’s proposal to cut $1.2 billion from the medical research agency in the current fiscal year.

The deal does not address funding for 2018, when Trump has called for a slashing the NIH’s budget by about a fifth, or $5.8 billion. 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

American Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute Publish Annual Report to the Nation: Cancer Death Rates Continue to Decline

Bethesda, MD, April 11, 2017 — Overall cancer death rates continue to decrease in men, women, and children for all major racial and ethnic groups, according to the latest Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975 – 2014.

The Report to the Nation is released each year in a collaborative effort by the American Cancer Society; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), both parts of the Department of Health and Human Services; and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR).

The latest report, which was published on March 31, finds that death rates during the period 2010-2014 decreased for 11 of the 16 most common types of cancer in men and for 13 of the 18 most common types of cancer in women, including lung, colorectal, female breast, and prostate cancers. Continue reading

Trump’s Plan to Cut NIH Funding for Biomedical Research Hits Opposition in Congress

Washington, DC, April 5, 2017 — Robert Pear reports in The New York Times that a proposal by President Trump to cut federal spending for biomedical research by 18 percent — just months after Congress approved bipartisan legislation to increase such spending — has run into a buzz saw on Capitol Hill, with Republicans and Democrats calling it misguided.

Mr. Trump is asking Congress to provide $25.9 billion for the National Institutes of Health for the fiscal year that starts on Oct. 1.  That represents a cut of $5.8 billion, or 18 percent, from the agency’s current spending level of $31.7 billion.

A week after making that proposal, Mr. Trump told Congress that he wanted to cut spending at the N.I.H. by $1.2 billion in the current fiscal year, mostly by reducing research grants. Continue reading