House members put the spotlight on NIH

Special order speeches are an opportunity for members to speak on a subject of their choice without interruption on the House floor. On Wednesday, the second special order speech of the night highlighted the National Institutes of Health and the importance of funding for biomedical research. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., a champion for biomedical research,…

President Obama highlights the importance of basic research in the State of the Union address

In his 2012 State of the Union address, President Obama called economic fairness “the defining issue of our time.” In addition to focusing on tax reform, foreign policy and domestic job creation, the president also drew attention to several topics of interest to the biomedical research community, particularly, the importance of federal support for basic…

New NIH Center Mentioned in President’s Speech

On Saturday, September 17, President Obama gave at speech at Thomas Jefferson High School in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC while signing into law the America Invents Act, which among other things, restructured the nation’s patent process.  During his speech, President Obama said the following: “We live in a world that is changing so…

Fed Chairman Highlights Research and Development

Continuing a recent trend of high-level officials voicing their support for investment in scientific research, United States Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke gave a speech last week in which he praised the role of government funding for basic research.  Calling fundamental research “ultimately the source of most innovation,” Bernanke credited “federal research initiatives and government…