Chancellor Collins in Telegram: Proposed cuts to NIH would bring ‘dire consequences’

UMass Medical School Communications

March 20, 2017
  Chancellor Michael F. Collins

Chancellor Michael F. Collins

Chancellor Michael F. Collins called President Donald Trump’s proposal to cut $6 billion from the National Institutes of Health “short-sighted, misguided,” coming just as China, India, Singapore and South Korea are investing heavily in scientific and medical research, in an editorial published in the March 19 Telegram & Gazette.

“These cuts put at risk the futures of an entire new generation of American scientists and will make us dependent on the discoveries of others,” Chancellor Collins said. “These budget decisions would have dire consequences for our nation, our state and people everywhere who depend upon America’s leading biomedical research enterprise for hope, healing and health.”

Collins said NIH funding has facilitated discoveries that lowered the death rate from stroke and heart disease by 70 percent; increased survival rates for cancer patients, especially children; extended Americans’ life expectancy; and turned a number of epidemics and life-threatening illnesses into chronic diseases.

Read the full column at:
March 19 Telegram: As I See It: NIH cuts threaten life-saving efforts

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