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March 27, 2015

Sequester Begins to Shut Down Medical Research

“In anticipation of sequestration, the National Institutes of Health began trimming 10 percent off existing grants at the beginning of the fiscal year… Now that it’s reality, the NIH is facing a 5.1 percent decrease in its 2013 budget, or about $1.6 billion,” according to Bloomberg.

“Steven Houser, director of the cardiovascular research center at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, said he fears the cuts will hamper research for years to come, shrinking the number of research trainees hired or accepted into graduate programs, and causing still other students to question whether medical research is a viable career option.”

“The NIH isn’t the only research-supporting agency hit. The across-the-board cuts from sequestration reduce total U.S. research and development spending by $9.1 billion this year… That includes agencies such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.”

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