Mandatory federal budget cuts are taking a deep bite out of the medical research dollars that were coming to Nebraska, according to a report from a national, non-profit group.
Mary Woolley, president of “Research!America,” says if Congress continues on its current course, another 20% of that funding for innovative research will soon be lost.
“In Nebraska, there has already been $4.5-million cut through sequestration to vital medical research that’s being conducted at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, at Creighton, and around the state,” Woolley says.
With cuts of another 20% looming, the total medical research funding lost in Nebraska could hit $25-million by October.
Woolley says the medical research funding cuts will impact employment in a key area, but eventually, it’ll truly hurt us where we live.
“Not only are these jobs being lost and young people turned away from a career choice that we all wish they would pursue,” Woolley says, “but it also means that patients are not going to be the recipients of new cures, new treatments and ultimately, preventions.”
She says the cuts in medical research funding are striking in areas where basic laboratory studies are underway on top killers.
Woolley says, “Also, the kind of clinical research where patients volunteer to be part of research studies that can find new answers to eye disease, to cancer, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, lingering heart disease and many more.”
With Congress in recess during August, Woolley is urging Nebraskans to contact their representatives now or to attend their public events and make their voices heard.
Learn more at www.researchamerica.org