On Friday, Feb. 3, an op-ed by Dean Mark Richardson and Vice President for Research Dan Dorsa, PhD, ran in The Oregonian on the very important topic of funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a driver for medical research success, strongly advocating for NIH funding support on behalf of OHSU’s research mission. Read it here on OregonLive.com and see the print copy here.
Here is an excerpt: “NIH is the largest single funder of basic medical research in the United States; the research it supports provides the foundation of knowledge that drives innovation and improves health. But reaping the full benefits of medical discoveries can take decades. That is why a long-term, sustained investment in medical research is essential.”
Ann Bonham, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), wrote a letter to Dean Richardson in response to the op-ed. In it, she thanked him for the effort and said, "I am certain that it educated many people in the Portland area about the economic value to the community of the academic research mission, in addition to the obvious health benefits." AAMC subsequently shared the op-ed with NIH leadership.