Funding research

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Letter to the editor by Research!America VP of Communications Suzanne Ffolkes published in The Gainesville Sun.

In reference to the Dec. 28 editorial ’€œFunding innovation,’€ countless medical breakthroughs would not have been possible without the support of federal funding. It is imperative that research and innovation become a higher national priority for the new Congress.

Bipartisan proposals to advance medical progress ’€” like the 21st Century Cures Initiative that includes provisions to boost federal funding for research, modernize clinical trials and incentivize the development of new drugs and devices, among others ’€” should be given serious consideration. Stagnant funding over the last decade and sequestration have taken a toll on research institutions in Florida and across the country.

Polls commissioned by Research!America show that more than half of the American public believes that elected officials in Washington are not paying enough attention to combating the many deadly diseases that afflict our nation. Members of the 114th Congress could resolve to strengthen our national commitment to research and change this perception.

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We have health challenges in this country that science will provide answers for if given the chance and we haven't given science that opportunity
Mary Woolley, President and CEO, Research!America