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Colorado Medical Research Worries About Proposed NIH Budget Cuts


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.”