NIH Director Recognizes Former Senator Specter’s Support for Medical Research

October 22, 2012

by Paula Skedsvold

A tireless supporter of NIH research, former Senator Arlen Specter, died on October 14, 2012. NIH Director Francis Collins recognized Specter’s leadership in pushing for federal support for NIH research, which many scientists and science advocates recall him saying was the “crown jewel of the federal government.”  Specter was a champion of doubling NIH’s budget from FY 1998-2003 and, more recently, getting $10 billion for NIH medical research into the Recovery Act. Collins spoke for many when he said, “Arlen was the epitome of a public servant, and the American people were extremely well served by his wisdom and vigilance.”

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