Several opinion pieces have appeared in local media outlets that make an effective case to support federally funded biomedical research and how such support provides the foundation for medical discovery.
Paul G. Ramsey, CEO of UW Medicine, executive vice president for medical affairs, and dean of the School of Medicine, University of Washington, recently authored an essay in the Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2017449080_guest08ramsey.html
Mark Richardson, dean of the OHSU School of Medicine, and Daniel M. Dorsa, OHSU vice president for research, coauthored an essay in The Oregonian: http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2012/02/funding_the_nih_investing_in_m.html
Cary Cooper, interim executive vice president and provost for the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, authored an essay in the Houston Chronicle: http://www.chron.com/opinion/outlook/article/Medical-research-key-to-U-S-health-3082508.php
And Jeff Balser, vice chancellor for health affairs, Vanderbilt University and dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, on Friday authored an op-ed in Nashville's The Tennessean: http://tinyurl.com/73h23ko