As the U.S. Congress’ “Deficit Supercommittee” faces a November 23 deadline to cut the national deficit, the directors of San Diego’s three National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers explain why federal funding is so important to cancer research and to the local economy:
Much of San Diego’s cancer research is supported by federal funding—particularly by NCI and its parent agency, the National Institutes of Health. This support is crucial to San Diego’s economy—our city is home to the most geographically dense life-sciences research cluster in the world. From 2008 to 2010, San Diego topped every other county in the state in the amount of funding received from the NIH. In 2010, this meant $1.3 billion entered the local economy.
Read the editorial, co-authored by Sanford-Burnham’s President, Dr. Kristiina Vuori, the Salk Institute’s Dr. Tony Hunter, and UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center’s Dr. Thomas Kipps, in the San Diego Union-Tribune:
The threat to San Diego’s cancer research centers