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From 2004 to 2012, the rate of investment in medical research in the U.S. declined, while there has been an increase in research investment globally, particularly in Asia, according to a study in the January 13 issue of JAMA.
At a time when medical advances are poised to provide extraordinary breakthroughs, it is disconcerting that funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the main supporter of biomedical research, has declined so precipitously.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) recently spoke on the House floor in support of increased funding for medical research.
President Obama visits the National Institutes of Health and discusses the institution's work over the past few years.
As a percentage of total federal spending, research and development is at its lowest levels since 1956, the year before the Soviets launched Sputnik.
Squeezed R&D budgets in the EU, Japan and US are reducing the weight of advanced economies in science and technology research, patent applications and scientific publications
China already spends a lot more on R&D than Japan, was about to overtake the EU when the latest figures were compiled in 2012 and will, on current trends, surpass the United States by 2019.
My advice to them is to start with the basics: basic science, and then work their way up to the more intractable problems.
The American research enterprise, long the world’s gold standard for scientific progress, is at risk of slipping behind.