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New York's Medical Schools urge Congress to preserve NIH funding for scientific research
Date:12/4/2012

and job growth, as well as a prime source for advances in combating disease and the development of cutting-edge technology. We must avoid triggering a sequestration of federal funding that will inflict devastating cuts to the research and development programs that are our hope for the future. I am determined to join colleagues in both parties and both houses of Congress to prevent our nation from being hijacked off the fiscal cliff."

U.S. Representative Jerry Nadler stated, "Sequestration would have catastrophic effects on our economy, on jobs, and on the health care and services that millions of Americans depend on. If the National Institutes of Health suffer 8.2% cuts as planned, we would lose thousands of good local jobs and vital health care funding that New Yorkers depend on. Our children, seniors, middle class and low income people cannot afford such a blow, especially in the midst of a protracted recession."

U.S. Representative Charles B. Rangel said, "We cannot afford these cuts. New York's medical schools and teaching hospitals have pioneered the latest technologies and new cures for patients through their cutting-edge research. These institutions have dramatically improved Americans' health and helped place our nation as the world's leader in biomedical research. We must not jeopardize efforts to advance medical innovation."

Dr. Allen M. Spiegel, the Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Dean of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, said, "Now, when our ability to understand cancer, Alzheimer's, autism and many other diseases has never been greater, is exactly the wrong time to cut potentially life-saving research supported by NIH."

Dr. Ian Taylor, dean of SUNY Downstate Medical Center's College of Medicine, said, "As an academic medical center in an inner-city environment, SUNY Downstate is acutely aware of how economic pressures can have a negative impact on providing clinical care, educating and train
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Contact: Crystal Mainiero
crystalmainiero@amsny.org
212-218-4610
Columbia University Medical Center
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