linkurl:Get involved in politics;http://www.the-scientist.com/2008/9/1/73/1/ to ensure that the new Obama administration makes research a high priority, policy makers urged researchers yesterday at the linkurl:annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.;http://www.sfn.org/am2008/ Former NIH director linkurl:Harold Varmus,;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/55173/ Wendell Primus , senior advisor to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and former Congressman and lobbyist linkurl:John Porter;http://www.the-scientist.com/2008/9/1/34/1/ predicted the major funding hurdles facing the science research community in the coming months. Of course the economy is likely to top the bill, said Primus, with employment insurance and the federal food stamp program getting first priority to new funding. He added that despite the linkurl:$1 billion NIH boost proposed in the $100 billion dollar stimulus package;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/55202/ currently being debated by Congress, any further funding for biomedical research will be unlikely to pass. Who Obama appoints as the new science advisor, and whether that position will be a legitimate cabinet placement, within close proximity to...
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