From the Huffington Post:
Many in the scientific community lament that the purchasing power of the National Institutes for Health has decreased 25 percent over the past decade. Despite the economic (not to mention lifesaving) benefits of medical research, our Congressional leadership has not stepped up to ensure the future: “We wish we could, but we simply cannot make this a priority.” It’s a startling example of political myopia — valuing short term savings over long-term commitment and an investment in greatness.
If funding for biomedical research continues to decline — if the U.S. abdicates its global leadership role — future researchers and their medical advances will be lost–and the nation will suffer from its leadership’s myopia. And since each generation trains the next, losing a generation of scientists will have a debilitating long-term impact. Government, private enterprise and philanthropic investment in biomedical research is critical if we hope to benefit from the paradigm-shifting breakthroughs that could be made by today’s young researchers.