Francis Collins, director of the nation’s premier agency for biomedical research, calls it “the most encouraging budget outcome in 12 years.” For 2017, the Obama administration is asking for $33.1 billion in spending power, up from $32.3 billion this year.
The rosier outlook for agency follows more than a decade of basically flat budgets. Increases in 2009 and 2010, in connection with the federal economic-stimulus package, were the exception.
What has this meant for cutting-edge medical research on cancer and other diseases—and for the scientists themselves?
The Wall Street Journal asked Dr. Collins to share some insights.
For the interview, click here.