This is an interesting article on Francis Collins from a few months after he was appointed in 2009. Maybe we can convince him to send us some of his discretionary funds. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/06/health/06nih.html?ref=francisscollins Apparently Dr. Mangan has communicated that there will be no increase in funding for ME in the near future. I find this totally unacceptable. The NIH budget is declining 1% ($320M), but we need an increase of huge multiples, from $3M per year now to $300M - $1B per year. The budget declining 1% is no excuse. Can anyone explain further the info below about funding decisions?