Research!America Board member speaks out against sequestration

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As sequestration threatens to obstruct progress in biomedical and health research, members of the research community are continuing to speak out against these across-the-board spending cuts. Research!America Board member Larry Shapiro, MD, dean of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis’€™, shared his concerns in an article from the Associated Press.

At Washington University in St. Louis and other research institutions across the country, ’€œautomatic cuts are causing anxiety among young researchers who are wondering what career options they’€™ll have if the current economic climate becomes ’€˜the new normal,’€™’€ according to the article.

’€This is all that’€™s being discussed in the hallways and over coffee,’€ Shapiro told the AP. He added that two genetics researchers recently decided to leave St. Louis and relocate their labs to the United Kingdom in this environment of diminished funding.

’€œScientists are passionate about their work, and they’€™ll go where they have the best opportunity to accomplish it,’€ Shapiro said in the story.

With reduced funding for young scientists and innovative projects, senior researchers warn that the U.S. will experience a ’€œbrain drain,’€ with promising young scientists heading overseas where funding for research is becoming more abundant. Shapiro isn’€™t the only academic leader worried about federal funding cuts; read the comments of others in academia in the article.

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