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Monday / April 21, 2003
Contact: SAEN 513/575-5517
Attention: News Desk

NIH Audit: University Labs Wasting Billions Of Dollars

WASHINGTON, D.C. - While massive federal and state budget cuts are costing Americans education and health care, university research laboratories are bilking taxpayers out of billions of dollars, according to a report released today.

Dozens of laboratories are named in an independent audit of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), suggesting more than $10 billion is being spent on research, much of it on useless, often-times redundant studies.

Michael Budkie, A.H.T. - a nationally-known animal studies researcher - released his NIH Report, entitled "The Experimentation Scandal," on Monday.

The audit estimates the cost to taxpayers for the wasteful spending is more than $1 million an hour. The report details examples where the identical research - all funded by the NIH - is duplicated needlessly in scores of U.S. laboratories.

Among the big-name universities listed in the report as receiving dollars for redundant research are Johns Hopkins ($191.4 million), Yale ($173.4 million), Univ. of Washington ($270.85 million), Pennsylvania ($215.7 million) and UCLA ($144.9 million). For a complete list of U.S. laboratories, see Mr. Budkie's report.

"What's more important - keeping multi-million dollar laboratories open to do redundant research, or keeping Americans alive," said Mr. Budkie in his lengthy report. He is calling for a "radical restructuring" of the NIH grant approval system.

For a copy of the report, contact Mr. Budkie at (513) 575-5517.



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