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Science Fair Project


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Science Fair Project

  1. 1. Breakthroughs in Bioscience From NIH-Funded Basic Research to Improved Health MaineMaine
  2. 2. National Institutes of Health (NIH)  Nation’s medical research agency  Funds the science that leads to medical advancement  Campus in Bethesda, MD– but most funding is distributed to university researchers throughout the United States
  3. 3. Research Enterprise Is Critical to Maine’s Economy  The state of Maine received more than $64.2 million in NIH awards for FY08  The Jackson Laboratory receives a majority of the state’s NIH funding--$50 million-- and is one of 21 NCI designated Cancer Centers  The Jackson Lab employs more than 1,270 people  Between November 2000-2004, Maine’s biomedical research sector grew by 44%, twice the state average  Maine Biomedical Research Coalition members have spent more than $30 million at Maine businesses  Maine Medical Center is the largest hospital in northern New England and received more than $7 million from NIH in 2007
  4. 4. NIH Grants Support Many Programs in Maine  Mount Desert Island Biological Lab received a grant of $17.8 million to strengthen research and training programs at 9 Maine institutions  Jackson Lab researchers were awarded $15.1 million over 5 years for a systems approach to genetic research using a mouse model  Maine Medical Center Research Institute is the recipient of an $11.2 million award to establish a COBRE in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine, generating 40 new jobs by 2008; MMCRI also received funding to purchase an animal MRI machine for statewide use  Foundation for Blood Research (FBR) was awarded $1.3 million for pre-natal research into a woman’s thyroid function and its effects on a developing fetus  FBR also recently received $1.24 million to develop a program that introduces Maine teachers and students to the importance of clinical research trials in medicine
  5. 5. NIH: Saving Lives Through Science  Current annual budget of around $29.3 billion  Greater than 80% distributed throughout the country  More than 50,000 grants  212,000 scientists  2,800 universities  Portfolio of basic, translational, and clinical research NIH has been involved in nearly all the medical & health related discoveries of the past century
  6. 6. How NIH Makes Science Happen…  Researchers working at local universities, hospitals and research institutions are dependent on federal support to fund their research, hire lab personnel and train young scientists  They write research grant proposals to compete for funding  Must explain why they think it’s a good idea, how they’re going to do the experiments, and what impact it will have on science & medicine  Proposals are reviewed in a two-tiered system  Peer-reviewed by scientists to ensure highest quality science  Reviewed again for applicability to scientific or health priorities by NIH officials and other stakeholders, including public members  NIH review system is the envy of the world!  Very competitive!!!  Before - 1 in 3 proposals funded; now closer to 1 in 6  High quality research is not being done for lack of funding
  7. 7. Basic Research: From Bench to Bedside  Much of NIH funding goes to basic or fundamental research  Basic research is driven by interest in a scientific question  The main motivation is to expand knowledge and understanding, not to create or invent something  However, the insight into how the human body works and understanding of how diseases and disorders operate provides the foundation for medical progress "People cannot foresee the future well enough to predict what's going to develop from basic research. If we only did applied research, we would still be making better spears." Dr. George Smoot, Berkeley National Lab
  8. 8. What about medical breakthroughs?  Medical breakthroughs often come from unrelated areas of science or medicine  Research on cancer biology has led to drugs for: heart disease; viral diseases like influenza, Herpes & AIDS; and osteoporosis  Physicists studying the effects of magnets on atomic particles made the discovery that gave us MRI  Usually based on years or decades of fundamental knowledge  Over time, scientists solve or find different pieces of the puzzle  This makes it difficult to predict where the next breakthrough will come from  Makes it imperative to support a broad range of scientific research  Much of this research is too basic for the private sector  The federal investment often lays the foundation for advances in healthcare
  9. 9. Evolution of Research to Healthcare Selected modern examples…
  10. 10. Cardiovascular disease  Information on the biochemical structure & synthesis of cholesterol led to the development of statins  Discoveries in basic kidney biology and blood pressure regulation converged with an unexpected finding involving snake venom to yield ACE inhibitors, one of our most effective hypertension medications  Understanding how the blood clots, together with a new cancer treatment and the first commercial use of recombinant technologies, resulted in rtPA, a clot- busting drug that can prevent death from heart attack or stroke RESULTS?? 63% REDUCTION IN DEATHS FROM HEART DISEASE AND A 70% REDUCTION IN DEATHS DUE TO STROKE; MORE THAN 1 MILLION LIVES SAVED IN 2006 ALONE
  11. 11. Cardiovascular disease 60 70 9575 500 400 300 200 100 50 55 65 80 85 90 00 Deathsper100,000 Year ~ 514,000 Actual Deaths in 2000 ~ 1,329,000 Projected Deaths in 2000 30-year Investment per American ~$110.00 Total Economic return of improved treatment & prevention $2.6 TRILLION
  12. 12. HIV / AIDS  Fundamental knowledge of how viruses replicate gave scientists targets for therapy. Researchers looking for a new cancer drug hit one of those targets when they discovered a way to block replication, resulting in the development of AZT.  Increased understanding of how HIV operates at the cellular and molecular level identified more targets, and eventually led to the combination of drugs knows as the ‘triple cocktail.’ RESULTS?? AIDS HAS BEEN TRANSFORMED FROM AN ACUTE FATAL ILLNESS TO A CHRONIC CONDITION; THE PROPHYLACTIC USE OF ANTI-VIRALS PREVENTED ALMOST 350,000 DEATHS WORLDWIDE IN 2005
  13. 13. Deaths from AIDS dropped nearly 70% between 1995 and 2000 HIV / AIDS Survival rates for those infected with HIV has increased by 10 years
  14. 14. Cancer  Basic research into the shape and characteristics of the estrogen receptor gave us tamoxifen, which can reduce breast cancer incidence among women at risk by over 45%.  The breakthrough finding that human papillomavirus (HPV) could cause cervical cancer has led to a new vaccine that NIH estimated could reduce cervical cancer incidence by as much as 90%.  While investigating the cellular machinery controlling cell growth, scientists developed bortezomib - now used to treat patients with multiple myeloma. RESULTS?? FROM 1993-2002, CANCER DEATH RATES DROPPED 1.1% PER YEAR; MORE THAN 2/3 OF PEOPLE DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER CAN EXPECT TO LIVE 5+ YEARS
  15. 15. Cancer MillionsofPeople 1971 1986 1990 2003 9 6 3 Increase in Cancer Survivors 30-year Investment per American ~$260.00 Total
  16. 16. Infant mortality  Studies on lung function led to the discovery of surfactant. This protein-lipid mixture is crucial for the survival of premature infants, decreasing the number of infant deaths from respiratory distress from 15,000 per year to less than 1,000.  The use of anti-virals to prevent mother to child HIV transmission has reduced the rate from 25% to about 1% in the U.S.  Studies on a metabolite of progesterone, known as progesterone 17P, have led to the finding that injections of this compound can reduce pre-term deliveries by as much as 30%, a particularly important result for African American women.RESULTS?? IN LESS THAN A CENTURY, INFANT MORTALITY IN THE U.S. HAS BEEN REDUCED BY 90%, TRANSLATING TO ALMOST 500,000 BABIES SAVED PER YEAR
  17. 17. NIH-Funded Discoveries in Maine  Researchers at Maine Medical Center Research Institute discovered that re-narrowing of arteries following balloon angioplasty can be halted by copper chelation therapy  Maine Medical Center was first in the state to use a computed tomography imaging system to diagnose cardiovascular disease  Jackson Lab researchers discovered new information about the mechanisms of Philadelphia-positive (Ph+) leukemias that will affect how they are treated clinically  Scientists at Jackson Lab found a gene mutation that leads to cerebral hemorrhaging and a condition known as porencephaly in newborn mice, which could have implications for humans
  18. 18. The Bottom Line…  People are living longer, healthier lives because of NIH funded medical research  What were once swiftly fatal illnesses have become treatable or manageable conditions  For those suffering from diseases that have no current treatment or cure, medical research provides hope – which has a major impact on quality of life
  19. 19. The Challenge…  NIH funding is entirely dependent on Congressional support  In recent years, Congressional support has diminished, and the NIH budget is slowly eroding from lack of funding and inflation  Lack of understanding in Congress about the importance of medical research and the treatments and hope it provides  As the NIH budget falls, success rate also falls Diminished investment in NIH = loss of talented researchers = missed opportunities = delays in medical progress
  20. 20. Maine’s Congressmen Need to Advocate for NIH Funding  Nothing should surpass improving our health as a national priority  Opportunities for discoveries that translate to improved health for our citizens have never been greater  Every increase in the NIH budget means additional funding for research in the state and new jobs
  21. 21. We Need Your Help: Working Together for NIH  Contact Senators Snowe and Collins, and your Congressional Representative  Let them know that medical research is important to you and what a bargain it is  Write a letter to the newspaper and talk to your friends  Help educate policymakers and neighbors about the important work NIH is doing  Nothing is more important than our health  The National Institutes of Health (NIH) should be an American priority
  22. 22. Want to know more?? Please visit Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)