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The Impact of NIH Research

Francis Collins, MD, PhD, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently provided testimony before the House Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education Appropriations. An excerpt of Dr. Collins' testimony follows:

"There is much good news to report about the science that we support. NIH has been advancing our understanding of health and disease for more than a century; scientific and technological breakthroughs generated by NIH-supported research are behind much of the gains our country has enjoyed in health and longevity. For example, deaths from heart attack have fallen by more than 60 percent over the past 40 years, while deaths from stroke have declined 70 percent. Cancer death rates have been dropping about 1 percent annually for the past 15 years — life expectancy gains that save the nation billions of dollars. HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention now enable us to envision the first AIDS-free generation since this virus emerged more than 30 years ago. NIH research also has given us vaccines to protect against an array of life-threatening diseases, including cervical cancer, influenza, and meningitis. We can look forward to a future in which advanced prevention and treatment strategies such as these allow everyone to have a significantly better chance of living a long and healthy life."

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), member of the Labor, HHS, Education Appropriations Subcommittee provided the following statement:

“Discoveries arising from NIH-funded research are the foundation for our entire biomedical industry. That vital sector exports an estimated $90 billion in goods and services annually and employs one million U.S. citizens, with wages totaling an estimated $84 billion. Just consider the economic benefit of one NIH-supported research initiative: Our $4 billion investment in the Human Genome Project spurred an estimated $796 billion in economic growth from 2000-2010. That is a 141-fold return on investment, after adjusting for inflation. I can’t say enough to you Dr. Collins, congratulations on this incredible triumph and I don’t even want to think of what we would be doing and where we would be without the Genome Project."

Related Articles:

First Milestone is Claimed on Long Road to Tracking Science's Economic Value. Paul Basken. The Chronicle of Higher Education. 03 April 2014.

Science Funding and Short-Term Economic Activity. Bruce A. Weinberg, et al. Science. 04 April 2014. DOI: 10.1126/science.1250055.

 

Many thanks to Ruth Lewis for sending the related articles.

 

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