In an opinion column printed in Sunday’s Detroit Free Press, U-M Medical School dean James O. Woolliscroft, M.D. joined his fellow Michigan medical school deans in warning of the potential effect of federal budget cuts on medical research.
The “sequestration” cuts that went into effect in March, and were incorporated into the federal budget that will remain in effect through September, will affect research and the future of disease treatment for years to come, the deans warn.
Read the column here: http://umhealth.me/Y66fPB
In addition to Dr. Woolliscroft, the column was signed by the deans of Michigan State University’s two medical schools, and by the deans of the medical schools at Wayne State University, Oakland University, Central Michigan University and Western Michigan University.
Federal budgets for fiscal year 2014, which begins in October, are being proposed by the President and Congress now. Specifics about funding for the National Institutes of Health and other agencies that provide grant funding for research will need to be worked out in coming weeks.
For more information on the federal budget process and its impact on medical research funding, see the Association of American Medical Colleges website at https://www.aamc.org/initiatives/budgetcuts/