Research!America

By Marilyn Flynn, dean of USC School of Social Work

Dear Research Advocate:

As I write, most members of Congress are on the way home for August recess. As anticipated, no further action has been taken on the appropriations front ’€“ or much else, for that matter. In terms of issues we care about: no movement on tax reform, which means no much-needed enhancement of the research and development tax credit; no repeal of the medical device tax; and no final passage of Fiscal Year 2015 appropriations bills.  In upcoming letters I will talk in more detail about Capitol Hill-focused advocacy strategies through the election and beyond.

Dear Research Advocate:

Research!America applauds Senator Tom Harkin for taking bold, decisive action to heal fissures in our nation’€™s research pipeline with legislation that will strengthen the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget over the next six years. The Accelerate Biomedical Research Act will establish a pathway for sustained growth in the NIH budget. That budget has remained virtually stagnant over the last decade, jeopardizing promising research to combat disease and deflating the aspirations of early career scientists.

collage fact sheetResearch!America’€™s newest fact sheet series highlights the personal stories of medical research and the importance of increasing the NIH budget in FY15.

Dear Research Advocate:

By Mark A. Reynolds, DDS, PhD, MA, dean of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry

Image credit: National Institutes of Health

Image credit: National Institutes of Health

The increase for the National Institutes of Health is a step in the right direction to accelerate medical progress but we cannot sustain our nation’s engine of discovery with dollops of fuel; a more robust investment is critical to maintaining our pre-eminence in science and saving lives.

Dear Research Advocate:

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