ASHG Disappointed by Proposed NIH Budget for FY 2019

On February 13, 2018, The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) announced that it is disappointed by the Administration’s proposed Fiscal Year 2019 National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget released on February 12, 2018. This budget would impose cuts to the budgets of most NIH institutes and centers, including those institutes supporting most genetics research. “NIH funding is the lifeblood of genetics research in the United States,” said ASHG President David L. Nelson, PhD. “It connects our nation to global collaborations that are advancing science and improving health. Because of crucial federal support for such research, we are making remarkable progress in understanding how the human genome operates and how this knowledge can enhance patient care. Yet there are still fundamental questions that researchers are working to answer, which will pave the way for better health for future generations,” he added. “Whether for pioneering projects like the All of Us Research Program or for innovative investigator-initiated research, this investment is essential for discovering breakthrough diagnostics and treatments. We are heartened that there is broad bipartisan consensus in Congress to increase federal funding for biomedical research, and we thank and look forward to working with Congressional leaders to support sustained investment.” [Press release]
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