June 22, 2009
A strong crowd of Members of Congress, Hill staff, reporters and NIH/medical research supporters filled the Congressional Budget Committee hearing room on Capitol Hill today to hear UMR’s panel discussion about the need and benefits of steady increases in NIH funding, over time.
Speakers touched on the needs of scientific research including the long-term investment that science requires to deliver real benefits to society. And they discussed the passion and comittment of young scientists – who are those most likely to bring forward groundbreaking new discoveries – but who most often remain unfunded.
The discussion also touched upon the immense opportunities and new demands that arise out of $10bn in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding for NIH.
Finally, panelists gave us a glimpse into the future – speaking about some of the most promising areas of life sciences research – including pharmacogenomics and new channels into cancer research that will lead to significant new treatments.
A transcript, full video and more info about the event will be available soon.