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Biomedical research funding is in trouble

Ted Kennedy is dead.  Arlen Specter is dead.  With the passing of these Senators and the departure of other Congressional leaders who consistently championed funding for biomedical research, there is concern for the future.  In this brief overview article, Dr. Emanuel, of the Perelman School of Medicine at Penn, takes a high-level look at the various reasons why research funding from the National Institutes of Health is drying up and makes a few suggestions about what might be done about the situation.  He describes the vicious cycle of research success — the development of new (expensive) clinical interventions drive up the cost of health care, which then competes with future research funding. 

Source: Emanuel, E.J.  The future of biomedical research.  JAMA, Apr. 4,2013.  Click here for article: http://jama.jamanetwork.com/data/Journals/JAMA/0/jama.2013.2096.pdf Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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