Collins to Congress: A Flat, Year-long CR Would Be “Devastating” to NIH Research

Collins to Congress: A Flat, Year-long CR Would Be “Devastating” to NIH Research 

The National Institutes of Health and under it, the National Cancer Institute are pressing the Senate hard ( and so should we ) and the House for more funding

If Congress passes another year-long, flat-funding resolution, the effect on NIH “would be simply devastating,” Director Francis Collins told a Senate appropriations subcommittee during a hearing Oct. 7.

“I can’t emphasize enough how much we are worried about this,” Collins said, sitting alongside NCI Acting Director Douglas Lowy and other institute directors.

“The Precision Medicine Initiative, for instance, would basically have to go into the freezer, or on mothballs, or whatever the appropriate discouraging metaphor would be,” he continued, describing the push for genomic research and the plan to form a million-member research cohort over the next four years, as well as the consequences for a two-year-old effort to map and understand the human brain.

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