NINDS director: neuroscience now largest ‘bucket of money’

On Friday, NINDS director Walter Koroshetz made an interesting remark in a lecture to Emory’s Department of Neurology. He said that in the 2016 National Institues of Health budget, neuroscience is now the largest “bucket of money,” especially with the recent boost in funding for Alzheimer’s research. That’s larger than the bucket for cancer. To be sure, biomedical research in general got a boost from Congress, with the NIH receiving its largest increase in a decade, and cancer is still a big deal!

Koroshetz explained that neuroscience research is spread out among NINDS (National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke), NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health), NIDA (National Institute for Drug Abuse) and several others, while cancer research is concentrated at the National Cancer Institute. [Here’s some official category tracking that the NIH does – his breakdown checks out.]

Koroshetz highlighted a project from Dieter Jaeger and Garret Stanley that is part of the White House’s BRAIN Initiative focused on mapping brain circuits and connectivity. He also noted NINDS’s efforts in promoting translational research, since pharmaceutical companies were frustrated by repeated failures in the 1990s with difficult areas such as stroke, and the R35 mechanism for funding “outstanding investigators” for up to eight years continuously.

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2 Responses to NINDS director: neuroscience now largest ‘bucket of money’

  1. Dave

    Dr koroshetz must have forgotten the failed decade of the brain in the 1990’s or the reproducibilty crises in medical research or the innovation gap in pharmaceutical companies- or the failed child study or the failed decade of pain research and control.
    It is unfortunate that a GAO report in 2014 showed little correlation between disease burden and spending at NIh.
    NIH has failed the American public- i dare say the focus of NIH is not the public good- but the good of researchers Its time Congress and the American public hold NIH to a higher standard and to make results oriented research and accountability a priority.

  2. Quinn Eastman

    Thanks for your comments. I think it’s possible to dissect past problems, and learn from them, without concluding that the entire NIH enterprise is failed.

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