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Sequester Profiles: How Vast Budget Cuts to NIH are Plaguing U.S. Research Labs

December 10, 2013

Summary

The devastating and lasting effects of vast budget cuts, known as sequestration, to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), are wreaking havoc on research labs across the U.S. In this series, United for Medical Research is speaking with our nation’s distinguished medical researchers to learn more about the challenges plaguing their scientific studies, research colleagues and labs.

These researchers are working toward new understandings, discoveries and treatments for pressing diseases and conditions, but diminished funding from Congress has forced many to layoff bright young colleagues, slow progress on their research, close labs and thus erode hope for millions of patients. And their consensus is terrifying; if inadequate funding levels are not reversed, the U.S. will lose a generation of young, talented scientists and our standing as a global leader in life sciences.

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