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By DANIEL S. GREENBERG | November 24, 1992
Washington -- While Bill Clinton and his incoming crew are at it, they ought to take a close look at one of the least-scrutinized, taken-on-faith institutions on the federal landscape, the National Institutes of Health, manager and financier of the world's greatest health-research enterprise.With a budget of $10.3 billion this year, the NIH is far bigger than similar agencies in all other countries put together. Revered by Congress, which piles on money while rarely asking questions about results and priorities, the agency nearly tripled its budget during the otherwise lean years of the Reagan era. Under its hard-driving and ambitious director, Bernadine Healy, even greater expansion is planned.
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August 5, 2013
Regarding Sandra Hofferth's recent column on funding for the National Institutes of Health, I agree that "closing the longevity gap depends on behavioral and social science research" (" Budget cuts and the politics of research," July 15). However, Ms. Hofferth is merely talking about the longevity gap, whereas I am living in it, and I believe people like her and the researchers at NIH are the source of the problem rather than the solution. As a taxpayer and a mentally ill individual, I cannot support her requests for additional funding for "behavioral and social sciences.
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February 27, 2014
In response to your recent editorial about the health risks associated with pesticides, I offer the following factual information and thoughts ( "Understanding pesticide risks," Feb. 19): It is time to stop spreading a message of fear and instead take a leadership role in educating the public on the safe and effective use of pesticides. The supporters of legislation requiring more stringent monitoring and reporting of pesticide use are scared because they believe that pesticides are dangerous.
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By Richard O'Mara and Richard O'Mara,Sun Staff Writer | May 13, 1994
To hear her attorneys and other supporters tell it, Dr. Margaret Jensvold had a great triumph and possibly even put a crack in the glass ceiling, that metaphorical barrier said to impede the careers of women and minorities in America.But it is evident her victory in federal court early last month was costly to her. And it was won not without possible damage to the age-old, informal method of teaching known as mentoring."I really think my career as an academic researcher is over," said Dr. Jensvold, who graduated in 1984 from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
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By Matthew Dolan and Matthew Dolan,SUN REPORTER | December 9, 2006
Scientist made deal with drug firm A senior government scientist originally from Baltimore pleaded guilty yesterday to accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in undisclosed fees from the same drug manufacturer whose public-private research collaboration he oversaw. As part of his agreement with federal prosecutors, Pearson "Trey" Sunderland III, chief of the geriatric psychiatry branch of the National Institute of Mental Health, which is part of the National Institutes of Health, is expected to receive a sentence of two years' supervised probation and must forfeit $300,000 in illegal proceeds and reimbursements.
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By Arthur Caplan | September 30, 1992
I GOT the announcement about the conference in the mail last January. I was just about to give the innocuous-looking little brochure the customary three-point heave into the recycling bin when the conference title caught my eye -- "Genetic Factors in Crime: Findings, Uses and Implications."I did a double take. The Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy of the University of Maryland College Park, with the financial support of the National Institutes of Health, was going to hold a three-day conference in the second week of October to discuss whether or not criminal behavior had a biological or genetic source.
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By Freeman A. Hrabowski III | January 19, 2014
If you Googled something today, you experienced university research in action. In the mid-1990s, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, then doctoral students at Stanford, developed the algorithms that developed into their ubiquitous search engine. Likewise, university research has led to countless innovations that improve our health, protect the environment, strengthen our security and power our economy. Examples range from radar and lasers to synthetic insulin and forensic DNA analysis. Yet, federal support for such research has diminished, also diminishing the breakthroughs that research can produce.
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By Susan Baer and Susan Baer,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | February 25, 2005
WASHINGTON - National Institutes of Health Director Elias A. Zerhouni, meeting with scientists who have railed against sweeping new ethics regulations, defended the rules aimed at halting conflict-of-interest problems. But scientists at yesterday's two-hour meeting said they found the agency director sympathetic to their grievances. "He clearly understood our position and clearly has many of the same concerns," said Cynthia Dunbar, senior investigator of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
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By Brian Feldman | August 5, 2010
To build on our existing economic strengths and usher in a new era of prosperity, Maryland must strengthen our already impressive roster of enterprises devoted to medical innovation. Medical research drives much of Maryland's economy, and the state can produce new jobs through efforts to upgrade its education system, seek federal help in focusing more state resources on innovation, and head to Washington to make the case for medical innovation. A new report from research firm Battelle and the Council for American Medical Innovation (CAMI)
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By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2013
The University of Maryland School of Medicine announced this week a $500 million fundraising goal — the Baltimore institution's largest campaign ever. Donors already have given $339 million during the quiet phase of the campaign, dubbed "Transforming Medicine Beyond Imagination. " The money will be used to advance research, fund top-notch training of doctors and devise ways to improve patient care, said Dean E. Albert Reece. Reece said institutions like his need to look more to private donors as government funds fail to keep pace with growth.
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