Restore NIH Purchasing Power
Sep 25, 2014 1:00 PM
The National Institutes of Health, or NIH, funding at the University of Utah has led to brilliant discoveries by world-class researchers like Nobel Laureate, Dr. Mario Cappechi. It has also led to world-class translational research from the Huntsman Cancer Institute and others. At UUHS, NIH funding accounts for nearly 50% of our sponsored projects on average over the last three years. In a recent op-ed for the Deseret News, I propose that healthcare reform goes hand in hand with groundbreaking scientific discovery. It is vital that Congress restore the purchasing power of the NIH if we are to succeed in advancing the science and delivery of care.
My view: Now is the time to invest in NIH
As the senior vice president of the University of Utah Health Sciences (UUHS), I have the privilege of working with some of the top researchers in the country who have devoted their lives to making discoveries that will change others’ lives for the better. With funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the nation’s primary medical research agency, leading scientists in the United States and our own state of Utah are closing in on discoveries that would save and improve countless lives. A snapshot of discoveries made by researchers at UUHS — including genetic causes for breast, ovarian and colon cancers and preventive and novel treatments for each — speaks volumes about the importance of federal funding for NIH.comments powered by Disqus