Impact of NIH Research
NIH is the leading supporter of biomedical research in the world.
This research has had a major positive impact on nearly all of
our lives by improving human health, fueling the U.S. economy,
and creating jobs in our communities.
Due in large measure to NIH research, a baby born in the United States today can expect to live to nearly age 79 — about three decades longer than one born in 1900. Not only are we living longer, but our quality of life is improving. Over the last quarter century, the proportion of older people with chronic disabilities has dropped by nearly one-third.
NIH also drives job creation and economic growth. NIH research funding directly supports hundreds of thousands of American jobs and serves as a foundation for the medical innovation sector, which employs 1 million U.S. citizens.
News & Commentary
04/17/2013: “Medical Research Cuts Have Immediate Health Effects” by Sarah Bacon, The Atlantic (New)
04/04/2013: “NIH cutbacks bite into medical research for cancer cures and treatment” by Ralph de Vere White, The Sacramento Bee
03/21/2013: “Sickening cuts to NIH,” by Michael Milken and Elias Zerhouni, The Baltimore Sun
03/18/2013: “Hurting the nation's health,” by Arthur S. Levine, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
03/06/2013: “Legendary Drug Industry Executives Warn U.S. Science Cuts Endanger The Future,” Marc Tessier-Lavigne, P. Roy Vagelos, and Elias Zerhouni, Forbes
02/25/2013: “Maintaining America’s Role as the World’s Innovation Leader,” by Peter McPherson, Roll Call
02/21/2013: “Former NIH director: The sequester will set back medical science for a generation,” by Dylan Matthews, The Washington Post
02/01/2013: “The sequester remains a health threat,” by John Edward Porter and Kweisi Mfume, Roll Call
01/25/2013: “Dire Health Consequences May Follow if We Don't Blunt Proposed Slashes in NIH, Research Funding,” by Glenn D. Braunstein, Huffington Post
01/22/2013: “A Big Hole Where a Cliff Used to Be,” by William T. Talman, Huffington Post
01/16/2013: “NIH Director Francis Collins: Medical research at risk,” by Paige Winfield Cunningham, Politico
01/16/2013: “Sequestering Science,” by Michael D. Purugganan, Huffington Post
01/15/2013: “(Not so) sudden impact,” by Jeremy Berg, ASBMB today
12/5/2012: “Federal cuts to medical research would be devastating,” by Larry J. Shapiro, St. Louis Post-Dispatch