Yale Scientist to Speak at Announcement of Report on Effects of Research Funding

Yale neurologist Stephen Strittmatter will participate in a news conference Monday, March 19 in Washington on the state of biomedical research in the United States. Details of the news conference follow:

MEDIA ADVISORY

CAPITOL HILL PRESS CONFERENCE:

THE FUTURE OF BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH

SENS. HARKIN AND SPECTER, LEADING UNIVERSITIES TO RELEASE NEW REPORT ON HOW FLAT FUNDING OF BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH THREATENS SCIENTIFIC AND MEDICAL PROGRESS

MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2007 – HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING

Following a Senate Appropriations Labor-HHS Committee hearing on funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), scientists from a consortium of nine leading academic institutions will release a major report on the state of biomedical research in the United States. The report will explain how consecutive years of stagnant budgets have resulted in promising research being halted in mid-stream, seasoned researchers challenged in sustaining scientific progress, young investigators concerned that uncertain future funding may force them to leave careers in science, and an undermining of U.S. global leadership in biomedical research. The group will offer examples of how flat funding of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) could affect advances into treatment for cancer, spinal cord and brain injuries, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Subcommittee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Ranking Member Arlen Specter (R-PA) will join top scientists to discuss the implications of the report’s findings for the 2008 budget and beyond.

The report will be available at the press conference. Its authors include the University of California system, Columbia University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Partners Healthcare, University of Texas at Austin, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Yale University.

Where:
216 Hart Senate Office Building

When:
Monday, March 19, 2007, 3:00–4:00 p.m.

Who:
Sen. Tom Harkin, Senate Appropriations Committee
Sen. Arlen Specter, Senate Appropriations Committee
Edward Miller, M.D., Dean/CEO, Johns Hopkins Medicine
Stephen Strittmatter, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Neurology and Neurobiology, Yale University School of Medicine
John Carethers, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Chief, Division of Gastroenterology, University of California San Diego

To RSVP for this press conference, please contact Karen Hanna at Burness Communications at khanna@burnesscommunications.com or 301-652-1558

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