#Science Quotable: NIH Director Francis Collins – US will relinquish its lead in biomedical science

Given international trends, the United States will relinquish its historical international lead in biomedical research in the next decade unless certain measures are undertaken.

This is the issue that wakes me up at night when I try to contemplate the future of where biomedical research can go in the United States. (Young Scientists) are finding themselves in a situation that is the least supportive of that vision in 50 years. They look ahead of them and see the more senior scientists struggling to keep their labs going and suffering rejection after rejection of grants that previously would have been supportive. And they wonder, ‘Do we really want to sign up for that?’ And many of them, regrettably, are making the decision to walk away.

NIH Director Francis Collins referencing a recent article in the medical journal JAMA.