Durbin Meets with Harvard University President to Discuss Funding for Biomedical, Scientific Breakthroughs

[WASHINGTON, DC] – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) met with Harvard University President Drew Faust to discuss higher education issues and support for federally funded biomedical and science research. A photo from the meeting with President Faust is available here.


“Harvard is home to some of our nation’s best researchers. But like their colleagues across the country, Harvard’s scientists are facing diminishing federal resources for their cutting edge research. This isn’t simply a problem for those scientists, their labs, or the universities they work at – it is a problem for the future of our country,” Durbin said.


Durbin introduced two bills – the American Cures Act and the American Innovation Act – earlier this year to make critical investments in the future of biomedical and basic science research. Major research universities like Harvard – which has endorsed the legislation – have felt the impact of a decades-long downward trend in federal funding for research and development.