NIH Director, Research!America Board Member to Discuss Declining Funding for Science on BioCentury This Week


National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD, and a Research!America Board member, former Congressman Mike Castle, will appear on BioCenturyTV during the next two weeks to discuss declines in federally funded research.

“BioCentury This Week” airs at 8:30 a.m. Sundays on WUSA-9 in the Washington, DC, area. In other areas, the program is available on the show’s website at

The September 23 show will feature Collins, who will discuss sequestration, NIH grant rates, ways to reduce the costs of clinical trials and the NIH’s public-private partnerships.

The September 30 show will feature Castle; Daniel Ford, MD, MPH, vice dean for clinical investigation at Johns Hopkins University, a Research!America member; and Douglas Williams, PhD, executive vice president for research and development at Biogen Idec. They will offer their solutions for science in the age of austerity, according to the show.

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Without continued support for health research, many of the most promising young scientists, their ideas and a myriad of potentially life-changing scientific breakthroughs will vanish into oblivion.
Paul Marinec, PhD; University of California San Francisco