Washington, DC- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) heads into 2016 with a with budget increase of 6.6 percent after Congress showed renewed commitment to biomedical research last month. President Obama signed the omnibus appropriations bill that includes $2 billion more than the previous level of $30.1 billion.
Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. Director, National Institutes of Health praised the Fiscal 2016 budget increase for the National Institutes of health”:
“As Director of NIH, I welcome this development with a deep sense of gratitude. I applaud the bipartisan support for NIH and biomedical research that made this possible, and want particularly to thank the leadership of the House and Senate. This increase comes at just the right time to take advantage of remarkable opportunities to improve human health, powered by dramatic advances in scientific knowledge and technological innovation.
It has taken a lot of effort on the part of many voices — patients, advocates, scientists, our many colleagues in the public and private sectors — to make the case for biomedical research. We are unified by the knowledge that there is no better investment to help accelerate the course of medical progress.”
Late last year, Autism Speaks and the Simons Foundation announced a partnership with the National Institutes of Health. The purpose of the agreement was to align two of the world’s largest repositories of donated postmortem brain tissue for medical research: Autism BrainNet and the NIH NeuroBioBank. The National Institutes of Health had announced earlier $28 million in funding for research that will improve the measures used to target, develop and evaluate new therapies for autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
Autism Speaks Senior Vice President and Head of Research Dr. Paul Wang said, “Every year, the NIH receives many research proposals that are judged to be worthy of funding, but which it cannot support because of budget constraints. This year’s budget increase will allow at least some of these research projects to move forward. We can look forward to these projects advancing our understanding of autism and how best to treat it.”