U.S. Congress Passes Omnibus Funding with Significant Increases for Medical Research

We have some good news, the United States Congress has passed the Omnibus spending package.  The package will fund the U.S. Government through fiscal 2016.  We should take note that this bill includes a $2 billion increase for the National Institute of Health (NIH), a 5% increase for the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the [...]

The Washington Post and DOD Funding – Let Your Comments Be Seen By the Members of Congress

The Washington Post has written an article about the funding controversy  surrounding the Department of Defense (DOD) Medical Research Programs.  I urge everyone to go to the web site and add your comments.  Members of congress do read the Washington Post daily. Please go to: The Washington Post It would be a good idea if [...]

The House is About to Cut Funding for Cancer Research & Prevention!

The House Appropriations Committee released revised subcommittee allocations yesterday for FY 2011. The new FY 2011 Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee allocation is $157.02 billion, which is nearly $6.6 billion (4 percent) below the subcommittee’s FY10 allocation. The House is scheduled to vote on a FY11 appropriations bill during the week of February 14. Specific funding levels and [...]

Senator Harkin and the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Hold Hearings on the Budget Allocations to the NCI for Cancer Research

On Thursday the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education held its FY 2010 NIH budget hearing. There were two particular items of note for the cancer community. When discussing the NIH funding which was received through the economic stimulus package, Senator Harkin questioned if the current two years the NIH [...]

The Realities Of Our Miserable Funding Formulas For Cancer Research

According to the American Cancer Society 28,000 men will die in 2008 from prostate cancer. Prostate Cancer incidence rates are comparable to Breast Cancer rates. Yet, federal funding is significantly higher for Breast Cancer research than for Prostate Cancer. In 2008, there will be virtually the same number of new cases of Prostate Cancer (186,320) [...]

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