University department chairpersons have been pushing to see dollar support for NIH double in the near future
Five billion dollars is not enough, according to a group pushing for the federal government to pump more money into the basic biomedical research funded by the National Institutes of Health. And with Bill Clinton now in the White House, members of the group--the National Caucus of Basic Biomedical Science Chairs-- say they are very optimistic about achieving their goal.

Composed of 21 biomedical department chairpersons from 19 different United States universities, the caucus convenes annually at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., to try to educate lawmakers about the importance of increasing funding for the basic biomedical sciences and to lobby for more support. They say ripe fields for investment are molecular and cell biology, molecular genetics, immunology, and structural biology.

In an editorial published last October in the FASEB Journal (6:3133-4,...

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