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What is in Store for Biomedical Research in 2017?


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The title bears a big issue.  Then there is the question too, of the state of healthcare when Donald Trump begins his term as president.  But for now, let us think about medical research.

While we await a policy announcement, it looks as though those in medical research have good reason to believe 2017 will be a good year.  There are reasons allowing one to understand so even if Mr. Trump did make one not so kind comment about the NIH (National Institutes of Health). 

“I hear so much about the NIH, and it’s terrible,” stated President-elect Donald Trump to radio talk show host, Michael Savage.  Still researchers in medical science have reason to believe that Mr. Trump will support research.  Christine Gorman’s article “What do the Presidential Candidates Know about Science” Trump stated, “there are increasing demands to curtail spending and to balance the federal budget, we must make the commitment to invest in science, engineering, healthcare and other areas that will make the lives of Americans better, safer and more prosperous.”

Hillary Clinton’s endeavors to put a halt to high drug prices has lost clout.  This fact will not bode well for those who pay the high price of prescription medication, but it does provide a type of respite for pharma.

The NIH over the past few years has received bipartisan support.  It remains to be seen if the trend will continue.  Newt Gingrich, a politician close to Mr. Trump has always been a strong advocate for medical research.  Perhaps Mr. Gingrich will persuade our soon to be new president to support funding the NIH, NSF, and other government entities for research.

Researchers across the country depend on government grants to support their research.  Money is used to pay wages and salaries, buy equipment, and train new scientists.  Cutting funding means a loss of jobs.  It is important to want to attract young people to science, not shun them away for fear of lack of employment.

The need for both applied and basic science is essential.  Let us hope our government leaders see the necessity of funding research for the need and benefit of all citizens.