President Obama: Support Medical Research for Jobs

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Health research plays an essential role in the nation’s economic growth while improving health for patients in the United States and around the world. A recent public opinion survey commissioned by Research!America indicates that up to 78% of Americans think it is important that the U.S. work to improve health globally through research and development and 76% think global health R&D is important to the U.S. economy [1]. Moreover, 61% of respondents say that accelerating our nation’s investment in research to improve health is a priority.

President Obama and jobs

Later this week, President Barack Obama will announce his jobs plan. In February, the President resisted cuts to biomedical research funding, seeking an increase in funding for biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and in basic science at other agencies, while making cuts and freezes in many other areas of government as part of the 2012 budget.

Smart, targeted investments in health and medical research will create the high quality jobs that the economy needs while bringing us closer to improved treatments and cures. Indeed, the biotechnology industry has been a major driver of the U.S. economy for the past three decades [2].

Take a moment to send the President a message and urge him to make medical research a component of his jobs proposal.

We often write about the stagnation in U.S. biomedical research funding and the fiscal pressures these programs face in the current funding environment.

Since 2008, then candidate Barack Obama looked to renew the U.S. government’s commitment to investment in biomedical research. In 2010, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) invested in the future of America’s health and revitalized the biomedical research community. Here at Highlight HEALTH, we support the president’s mission to prioritize science and health in 2011 and beyond.


  1. Your Congress,Your Health Survey. Research!America. 2011 Mar.
  2. The Role of Biomedical Research in the Economic Stimulus. Statement of Raynard S. Kington, M.D., Ph.D. Acting Director, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 2008 Nov 13.
About the Author

Walter Jessen, Ph.D. is a Data Scientist, Digital Biologist, and Knowledge Engineer. His primary focus is to build and support expert systems, including AI (artificial intelligence) and user-generated platforms, and to identify and develop methods to capture, organize, integrate, and make accessible company knowledge. His research interests include disease biology modeling and biomarker identification. He is also a Principal at Highlight Health Media, which publishes Highlight HEALTH, and lead writer at Highlight HEALTH.