Dean Golden: No Time to Retreat on Advancing Nation's Health
Dr. Robert Golden, dean of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, wrote about the importance of maintaining federal funding for medical research in an editorial in the June 24, 2013 edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Golden wrote that the House Appropriations Committee's proposed 20 percent cut in National Institutes of Health funding would have damaging effects on two fronts: the advancement of medicine through new patient treatments, and the advancement of the economy through job creation.
"Since its inception nearly 70 years ago, NIH-funded research, ranging from basic discovery to clinical investigations, has dramatically improved the health and well-being of all Americans," Golden wrote.
"The scourge of polio is gone. Childhood leukemia cure rates have dramatically improved. HIV transmission between mother and child has been nearly eliminated in this country. Deaths from heart disease have declined 60 percent, deaths from stroke by 70 percent. More recently, NIH support has led to a vaccine to prevent cervical cancer, a test to predict breast-cancer recurrence and the creation of insights into the genetic underpinnings of mental illness."
Date Published: 06/25/2013