Heartland Health Monitor
4:10 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Yoder Stresses Importance Of Federal Biomedical Research

 

U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, center, speaking at a forum on federal biomedical research.
U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, center, speaking at a forum on federal biomedical research.
Credit Alex Smith / KCUR

A forum in Overland Park Tuesday morning drew attention to the importance of National Institutes of Health funding. U.S. Rep.  Kevin Yoder, NIH official Christopher Austin and University of Kansas officials spoke before an audience of about 150 at KU’s Edwards campus. Yoder, a Kansas Republican, said that while he’s concerned with the federal deficit and overspending, he supports NIH funding.

“Spending money on federal research helps prevent disease,” Yoder said afterward. “It helps create jobs. It helps grow our economy. But maybe more than anything, it is an investment in the future.”

Last year, KU and the University of Kansas Medical Center received more than $75 million in NIH funding.