NIH Is Pessimistic as It Counts Damage From Budget Cuts and Fears More

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Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, said his counterparts in other countries "are just stunned" by the U.S. budget reductions. "They read our playbook," he said, "and they're trying to become us, and we've sort of forgotten how to be us."

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Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, said his counterparts in other countries "are just stunned" by the U.S. budget reductions. "They read our playbook," he said, "and they're trying to become us, and we've sort of forgotten how to be us."

Leaders of the National Institutes of Health spoke in despairing terms on Thursday about its ability to prevent severe damage to university research, saying Congress seemed determined to inflict more financial pain on the NIH and the scientists it supports.

The numbers and prognosis are "quite disheartening," the NIH's director, Francis S. Collins, told a semiannual meeting of his advisory committee, in Bethesda, Md.

The NIH, with an annual budget of about $31-billion, already