BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The partial government shutdown is impacting medical research in Western New York, much of which is paid for by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Dr. Timothy Murphy is senior associate dean for clinical and translational research at the University at Buffalo. His department does the kind of research that translates basic science into new drugs, new vaccines, new treatments.
"It's not as if research comes to a grinding halt, but it really makes life more difficult," Dr. Murphy said. "Some clinical trials that are happening, that rely on a continuous flow of funds to make them happen, they'll be slowed down and some of them will be stopped until the government shutdown is over."
He also reviews grant applications to NIH from other scientists and is scheduled to go to a review meeting next week.
"That's likely going to be canceled now. All the people, the 70 or 80 people who have applied for grants to continue their research and to do the research that we need, their grants will not be reviewed," Dr. Murphy said.
Ongoing research won't stop, but it will be impeded.
"In areas where, for example, where we're making progress, in areas where studies are getting close to breakthroughs, in areas that are important in developing better treatments and new drugs and new vaccines and so forth, it all gets slowed down."
Medical research will be one of the things that suffers during the shutdown.
Dr. Murphy said, "To me it's very frustrating, quite frankly infuriating, that there are a lot of people on our end who are doing our job, but we're not able to do our job now because our elected officials, I believe, have failed."
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