Tag Archives: Sequestration

Brief: Flat funding of biomedical research costs lives, slows progress, hurts economy, and diminishes America’s leadership

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A decade-long trend of diminished investment in medical research, exacerbated by budget-standoff driven “sequester” cuts are showing immediate and long term impacts: in stymieing promising studies, and in thwarting the development of the next generation of scientists, according to a brief from amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research and TAG, Treatment Action Group. The brief […]

Budget cuts endanger the CDC’s Tuberculosis Research Program

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The following is a guest post by Coco Jervis, senior U.S.and global policy associate Treatment Action Group , the science-based treatment advocacy organization. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 8.7 million people became sick with tuberculosis in 2011, and more than 1 million are expected to die of the disease this year alone. […]

With TB research threatened, doctors, patients, advocates and filmmakers spell out risks

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At a recent conference of medical researchers, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci spelled out what lawmakers appear to be missing in their budget balancing efforts. “They don’t realize,” Fauci said, “that hitting biomedical research now is going to have an impact, three, four years from now.” So efforts to let […]

With medical research imperiled, thousands gather in D.C. calling for “More progress! More hope! More Life!”

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The rallying cry of “More Progress! More Hope! More Life!” may have been the most concise way to sum up the scope of what brought an estimated 8,000 people to downtown Washington,DC, this morning, as the breadth of the tragedies, ordeals and triumphs they represented was world wide, and as long as memory. Speakers, as […]

Congress finalizes FY 2013 budget with PEPFAR cut, Global Fund boost

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The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief  took a hit while the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria got a boost last week when the House and Senate passed a Continuing Resolution bill to avoid a government shutdown and continue funding the government through Oct. 1, the end of fiscal year 2013. The […]

Wrapping up CROI 2013, Part I: TB on the verge, VOICE trial point to future research needs, sequestration consequence points to rough road ahead

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Science Speaks spent March 3 – 6 at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, covering breaking research news and discussions. Today and tomorrow we will wrap up with summaries of sessions, and questions they raised. Today Science Speaks will look at a obstacle for researchers, while presentations pointed to directions for future studies First […]

CROI: Science progress outpaces politics, policy

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Science Speaks is in Atlanta, Georgia this week and will be live-blogging from the 20th CROI — Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections from Sunday to Wednesday, covering breaking developments from investigators on cure research, new antiretroviral agents, hepatitis, tuberculosis and treatment as prevention. ATLANTA, GA — Here is one of the first signs of […]

Sequestration’s losers and winners, a blast from the past, condoms confound, and more . . .

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Sequestration, cutting research funding not smart, say business owners : Funding for medical research, which feeds scientific advances at universities, institutions and businesses across the nation, should not be cut as part of the automatic across the board funding cuts known as sequestration, 45 percent of the business owners responding to Research!America’s survey say. Sequestration, […]

Deal leaves risks for global health to fall or be pushed off the cliff

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The deadline-driven deal with which lawmakers rang in the New Year reflected an agreement not to jump off a fiscal cliff — at least until March — but leaves suspended in mid-air the fates of programs essential to meeting the goals of continued global health responses — including the implementation of PEPFAR’s Blueprint for an […]

In lives, health, medical progress, and lost ground — reports tally cost of Budget Control Act

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When legislators went home last week, they left a Continuing Resolution to keep the country running and with it, they left standing the numbers the U.S. Office of Management and Budget cited to estimate the impact of the Budget Control Act’s January 2, 2013 automatic sweeping funding cuts on  government programs, including those responsible for […]