Coalition to Promote Research


 

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"NSF's mission mandates attention to the entire spectrum of science. Emphasizing some sciences at the expense of others handicaps discovery and compromises innovation."

NSF Director Subra Suresh, PCAST, 1/7/11

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"Clearly, drug addiction is a serious problem facing our country, and finding new medical treatments is a high priority," NIH director Francis Collins tells me. "I don't know if the critics want us to experiment with humans, or just give up on the problem of drug addiction, but we aren't going to do either."

NIH Director Francis Collins, 8/5/2010

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“We are all sick because of AIDS - and we are all tested by this crisis. It is a test not only of our willingness torespond, but of our ability to look past the artificial divisions and debates that have often shaped that response. When you go to places like Africa and you see this problem up close, you realize that it's not a question of either treatment or prevention – or even what kind of prevention – it is all of the above. It is not an issue of either science or values – it is both. Yes, there must be more money spent on this disease. Bu there must also be a change in hearts and minds, in cultures and attitudes. Neither philanthropist nor scientist, neither government nor church, can solve this problem on their own - AIDS must be an all-hands-on-deck effort.”

Barack Obama, World AIDS Day Speech, Lake Forest, CA, Dec. 11, 2006

“When you look at a cursory examination of the title or an abstract [of a grant] you don’t have an idea. That’s why we have peer review...Prohibiting specific grants sets a dangerous precedent for scientific research that has progressed and advanced for decades through freedom of inquiry into a broad spectrum of subjects…second guessing peer-review in this way could compromise the fabric of our public research enterprise one thread at a time.”

Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA), Chairman of the House Science Committee’s Basic Research Subcommittee on the House floor, May 2, 2007

 

"De-funding meritorious grants on the floor of Congress is unjustified scientific censorship. It undermines the historical strength of American science which is based on our world renowned, apolitical and transparent peer review process."     

  NIH Director Elias Zerhouni 6/23/05

 

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"When we looked at the public-health relevance, there was no question that these projects should have been funded and should continue to be funded."

NIH Director Elias Zerhouni

The Chronicle of Higher Education, 1/13/04

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"I strongly urge the Members to resist the temptation to select a few grants for defunding because they do not like the sound of them based on one paragraph out of what probably was a number of pages of information. It would set a dangerous precedent and put a chill on medical research if we start to micromanage individual NIH grants.  

     This has worked well over the years. We have had enormous progress because of these grants in achieving medical knowledge and giving the public a better health care system. I do not think this body, this committee, wants to get into the process of reviewing 120,000 grants and trying to pick 40,000 out of that group for funding."

Rep. Ralph Regula -- Chairman, House

Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee,

 House floor July 11, 2003

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"I have served on the subcommittee that deals with NIH for a long time, and the one thing I came to understand very quickly is that the day that we politicize NIH research, the day we decide which grants are going to be approved on the basis of a 10-minute horseback debate in the House of Representatives with 434 of the 435 Members in this place who do not even know what the grant is, that is the day we will ruin science research in this country. We have no business making political judgments about those kinds of issues."

Rep. David Obey -- Ranking Member, House Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, House floor July 11, 2003

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"When you look at the impact of sexually transmitted disease, you're talking about HIV/AIDS and many others that affect millions of people and their reproductive lives."

NIH Director Elias Zerhouni

USA Today, Jan. 13, 2004

 

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"Decisions about medical research should be made by scientists, not by politicians promoting an ideological agenda.

Democratic House Leader

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, July 2003

 

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"Here we have people saying, 'I don't like how that disease was contracted, so I don't  want to study that disease.' It's equivalent to sticking your head in the sand. It's very important that the scientific community rises up and objects to the imposition of ideology in these areas."

 

Alan Leshner, President  and CEO, AAAS, Washington Post, 1/19/04

 

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“Obviously, in areas such as HIV/AIDS, it’s a sexually-transmitted disease, it’s a disease that is transmitted by injection drug use, by a variety of other mechanisms . . . we cannot avoid addressing the issues that are at the very foundation of why millions and millions of people are getting infected. 

Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, June 2, 2004

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"Central to the NIH peer-review process is objective evaluation based on a proposal's scientific merit. . . Many would argue that it is the scientific objectivity of this process and the fact that scientists -- not politicians, political appointees, advocacy groups, or lobbyists -- who decide what gets funded, that is in large part responsible for the nation's world leadership in science."

 

 Rep. John Edward Porter -- Former Chairman, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education in JAMA September 21, 2005.

 

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For more information about the Coalition contact:

 

Angela Sharpe (COSSA) at alsharpe@cossa.org, (202) 842-3525

 

or           

 

Karen Studwell (APA)) at kstudwell@apa.org, (202) 336-5585

 

Background. . .

Science and Politics: The Uneasy RelationshipForbidden Science -- Discover Magazine

Political Science -- Johns Hopkins Magazine

A Political Attack on Peer Review -Nature Neuroscience

Transcript of the Floor Debate on the 2005 Neugebauer Amendment to L-HHS Appropriations Bill

 

Vote "NO" on Neugebauer (6/05)

 

Capps, Leach, Waxman

"Dear Colleague" -- Protect the National Institutes of Health - Oppose the NEUGEBAUER Amendment  (6/05)

 

CPR Congressional Briefing -- Six Degrees of Separation: Using Social Network Research to Inform Public Health and National Security (Executive Summary) Transcript of the Proceedings

Neugebauer Amendment Not Part of Omnibus Bill

House Approves Symbolic Attack on NIH Grants

 

The Scientific, Public Health, and Advocacy Community Reacts . . . Statements of Support from the Scientific Community

 

Editorials

 

CPR sponsors Congressional briefing -- Lost in Translation:  Public Health Implications of Sexual Health Research

 

2001 Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Sexual Health and Responsible Sexual Behavior

 

House Approves Symbolic Attack on NIH Grants

 

Transcript of the Floor Debate of the Amendment Offered by Mr. Neugebauer

 

VOTE 'NO' on NEUGEBAUER

 

CPR sends letter of support to Dr. Zerhouni

  NIH Responds to Congress  (Download letter to Congress)

Zerhouni Defends the National Institutes of Health's Support Sexual Health Research

NIH Director Upholds Scientific Merit of Controversial Sexuality Grants

Dec. 8th Letter to President Bush and Sec'y Thompson from the Democratic Members of the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee

Rep. Henry Waxman's 11/13 letter to Sec'y Thompson

 

Rep. Waxman’s Politics and Science website

 

Rep. Tom Lantos 10/30 letter to Sec'y Thompson

 

Rep. Henry Waxman's 10/28 letter to Sec'y Thompson

 

Rep. Henry Waxman's 10/27 letter to Sec'y Thompson

Sexual Health Grants Targeted By Conservative Group

Waxman Expresses "Outrage" Over 'Hit List;' The Scientific Community Reacts

 

Sexual Health Research Once Again an Issue; Rogers, Waxman Defend NIH Research

See how your Representative voted

Transcript of House Floor Debate on the Amendment offered by Rep. Toomey

Grants Targeted by House Amendment

Sexual Behavior Research at NIH Threatened

NIH Peer Review Threatened:  House Barely Defeats Attempts to Stop NIH Grants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updated June 05, 2006