Dr. Isabella Grumbach needs only to look out her window to see hopeful signs of progress in medical research.
Taking shape near her office in the Carver Biomedical Research Building is the new $122.5 million Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building. It’s a facility that, when complete, will house new laboratories and researchers on the University of Iowa’s medical campus.
Grumbach, however, worries that looming cuts to the National Institutes of Health’s budget could thwart such growth in her field, jeopardizing funding for medical research and the jobs that make those laboratories hum.
On Wednesday, Grumbach will meet with Iowa legislators on a trip to Washington, D.C., coordinated by the American Heart Association. Grumbach will discuss the importance of NIH grants to the U of I, and urge the lawmakers to protect funding for her and other researchers.