Chancellor Collins in the Telegram: Fiscal cliff threatens research

December 14, 2012

In an op-ed in the Friday, Dec. 14, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Chancellor Michael F. Collins warned against the dramatic, negative impact of the “fiscal cliff” on biomedical research.

“Certainly, there are many good reasons to avoid the fiscal cliff. But among the most important is that we owe it to patients, our communities and the researchers and entrepreneurs of tomorrow to show our commitment to advancing science and clear the path for more scientific breakthroughs, more cures and more jobs,” Chancellor Collins wrote.

He also noted, “NIH grants spur innovation and deliver some of the highest returns available for taxpayer dollars . . . for every $1 the federal government invested in the Human Genome Project alone, $141 was generated in economic returns.”

Read the entire op-ed: Pushing biomedicine off cliff