Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Americans Need to Have a Well-Funded NIH

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Americans Need to Have a Well-Funded NIH

Article excerpt

President Donald Trump's proposed budget slashes virtually every part of government (except defense). It includes a 20 percent reduction in funding for the National Institutes of Health, which funds most biomedical research in the United States.

I am a professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, and these cuts will impact not only how much research I can accomplish, but how much my laboratory spends on the American economy.

My eight-person laboratory is aimed at understanding how the immune system protects us from disease. NIH funds support discoveries that ultimately will help treat or prevent emerging infections, such as Zika and Ebola, and also chronic diseases, such as arthritis and cancer.

My patents stimulate new avenues for drug discovery, which might lead to breakthrough medicines with economic benefits. …

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