FASEB Applauds RNC & DNC Platforms on Biomedical Research

From a press release out today, detailing the strong commitment from both parties to biomedical research.
\n

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Office of Public Affairs • 9650 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Md. 20814-3998 • http://opa.faseb.org/



Contact: Carrie D. Wolinetz, PhD
(301) 634-7650
cwolinetz@faseb.org



FASEB APPLAUDS RNC, DNC PLATFORM COMMITTEES FOR

SUPPORT OF BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH



Bethesda, MD - Amid the partisan volleys launched from Denver and St. Paul these last few weeks, party platforms emerged that agreed, strikingly, on one issue: the importance of biomedical research in the battle against disease. As the Republican Platform Committee stated, "Federal research dollars should be spent as though lives are at stake -- because, in fact, they are." A similar position was adopted by the Democratic Platform Committee, "For the millions of Americans and their families suffering from debilitating physical and emotional effects of disease, time is a precious commodity, and it is running out." In one voice, both parties pronounced their support for federally funded scientific research to improve health and cure disease.

FASEB President Richard B. Marchase, Ph.D., who has spearheaded the organization's outreach to the public and policymakers on science issues in conjunction with the Presidential election, applauded the work of the platform committees, "The platform statements are a welcome and necessary recognition that biomedical research is a national priority." Marchase previously stated when FASEB submitted testimony to the committees, "Including a declaration of support for federally funded scientific research in the 2008 platform statements is a crucial first step in fulfilling the promise of our national science agencies, and there is no better exemplar of that promise than the National Institutes of Health [NIH]."

The planks on biomedical research in each platform detail the benefits to health and the American economy. The DNC platform is explicit in the party's commitment to increase federal funding: "We need to invest in biomedical research...This includes adequate funding for research into diseases such as heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, breast cancer, diabetes, autism and other common and rare diseases, and disorders. We will increase funding to the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the National Cancer Institutes."

The GOP also makes a moving and practical case for biomedical science: "We support federal investment in basic and applied biomedical research. This commitment will maintain America's global competitiveness, advance innovative science that can lead to medical breakthroughs, and turn the tide against diseases affecting millions of Americans -- diseases that account for the majority of our health care costs."

Both platform statements also recognize that scientific research and education at colleges and universities are key to American competitiveness in a 21st century economy, and call for renewed commitment to agricultural research.

Much of the language and message in each document echoed the testimony submitted by FASEB, noted Marchase, "This is one case where the voice of the community is being heard loud and clear." Marchase said that FASEB will continue to work with leaders in Congress to promote funding for NIH. He added that FASEB also looks forward to working with a new administration that shares FASEB's commitment to biomedical research.


'Upstreamism': Your zip code affects your health as much as genetics

Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."

Sponsored by Northwell Health
  • Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
  • Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
  • Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
Keep reading Show less

Cornell engineers create artificial material with 3 key traits of life

An innovation may lead to lifelike self-reproducing and evolving machines.

Shogo Hamada/Cornell University
Surprising Science
  • Scientists at Cornell University devise a material with 3 key traits of life.
  • The goal for the researchers is not to create life but lifelike machines.
  • The researchers were able to program metabolism into the material's DNA.
Keep reading Show less

After death, you’re aware that you’ve died, say scientists

Some evidence attributes a certain neurological phenomenon to a near death experience.

Credit: Petr Kratochvil. PublicDomainPictures.net.
Surprising Science

Time of death is considered when a person has gone into cardiac arrest. This is the cessation of the electrical impulse that drive the heartbeat. As a result, the heart locks up. The moment the heart stops is considered time of death. But does death overtake our mind immediately afterward or does it slowly creep in?

Keep reading Show less
Videos
  • A huge segment of America's population — the Baby Boom generation — is aging and will live longer than any American generation in history.
  • The story we read about in the news? Their drain on social services like Social Security and Medicare.
  • But increased longevity is a cause for celebration, says Ashton Applewhite, not doom and gloom.