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Reader's View: Legislation provides needed support to NIH

As the senior leaders of the University of Minnesota Duluth's Medical School and College of Pharmacy, we applaud 8th District U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan for his support of the 21st Century Cures Act. This legislation provides long-needed funding increa...

As the senior leaders of the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Medical School and College of Pharmacy, we applaud 8th District U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan for his support of the 21st Century Cures Act. This legislation provides long-needed funding increases to the National Institutes of Health, including the creation of a “Cures Innovation Fund” to support researchers in their efforts to advance discovery and innovation and to find new treatments and cures for diseases.
That’s what we are doing here on our campus. We’ve received more than $7 million in funding from the NIH since 2010. This year, our faculty are involved in six new or renewed NIH grants - from general medicine to breast, colorectal and pancreatic cancer research and from studying hypertension in pregnancy to reducing obesity in tribal communities. In addition, some of our faculty participate in NIH training grants designed to support development of the next generation of scientists.
The legislation represents an enormous step forward for NIH’s mission and will support additional health research across the U.S. and here in Duluth. Congressman Nolan’s support for this important legislation is appreciated.
Dr. Paula Termuhlen
Duluth
The writer is the regional campus dean for the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth.
Randall Seifert
Duluth
The writer is the senior associate dean of the College of Pharmacy, Duluth

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