Colorado researchers are worried about the impact of deep cuts to the National Institutes of Health, a federal agency that invests billions in health research. President Donald Trump’s preliminary budget calls for a nearly $6 billion decrease in funding to NIH. That would represent a 20 percent drop in funding for biomedical research.
“We were shocked.” said Dr. Kathleen Barnes
, who leads the Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine at University of Colorado Anschutz medical campus. “In my almost 25 years of NIH-funded research in academic medicine, we've never experienced a threat this great to the NIH.”
CU’s School of Medicine, where Barnes works, gets about $200 million a year in NIH funding, so a 20 percent drop could make $40 million vanish. Barnes points out that there’s “no historical precedent for a drop that drastic in the NIH budget.”