ASHG Disappointed by Proposed NIH Budget for FY 2019

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
12:30 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time

Media Contact:
Nalini Padmanabhan
ASHG Director of Communications & Marketing

BETHESDA, MD – The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) is disappointed by the Administration’s proposed Fiscal Year 2019 National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget released yesterday. This budget would impose cuts to the budgets of most NIH institutes and centers, including those institutes supporting most genetics research.

“NIH funding is the lifeblood of genetics research in the United States,” said ASHG President David L. Nelson, PhD. “It connects our nation to global collaborations that are advancing science and improving health. Because of crucial federal support for such research, we are making remarkable progress in understanding how the human genome operates and how this knowledge can enhance patient care.”

“Yet there are still fundamental questions that researchers are working to answer, which will pave the way for better health for future generations,” he added. “Whether for pioneering projects like the All of Us Research Program or for innovative investigator-initiated research, this investment is essential for discovering breakthrough diagnostics and treatments. We are heartened that there is broad bipartisan consensus in Congress to increase federal funding for biomedical research, and we thank and look forward to working with Congressional leaders to support sustained investment.”

About the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG)

Founded in 1948, the American Society of Human Genetics is the primary professional membership organization for human genetics specialists worldwide. Its nearly 8,000 members include researchers, academicians, clinicians, laboratory practice professionals, genetic counselors, nurses, and others with an interest in human genetics. The Society serves scientists, health professionals, and the public by providing forums to: (1) share research results through the ASHG Annual Meeting and in The American Journal of Human Genetics; (2) advance genetic research by advocating for research support; (3) educate current and future genetics professionals, health care providers, advocates, policymakers, educators, students, and the public about all aspects of human genetics; and (4) promote genetic services and support responsible social and scientific policies. For more information, visit:

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