Medical Research Struggles After Sequester

By Paige Browning

Advocates for medical research say the federal budget cuts have sliced funding in that area by $2.5 billion.  Those cuts could be especially sharp for Washington.
 
Research America CEO Mary Woolley says Washington is 8th on the list of state’s receiving the most funding from the National Institutes of Health.  She says cuts to that agency could reflect up to 102 million dollars in Washington.
 
Woolley: “That is a lot of jobs, that is a lot of jobs and it’s a real statement about throwing sand in the gears of what the state has worked so hard to develop over the last couple of decades.  It really has become a global leader in the life sciences.”
 
She says among the problems with cutting medical research funding is that patients are waiting for research breakthroughs.  She adds that young researchers are becoming disenchanted with their prospects, and other countries like China are competing to become leaders in the field.
 
Woolley’s organization wants congress to step in and reverse course on the sequester.  Research America is running a social media campaign this week with the tag line “cures not cuts”, and says Congress members like Washington’s Cathy McMorris-Rodgers need to hear from constituents.
 
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