Stop Giving to Komen

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  1. Without commenting on the accuracy, I’d like to suggest two points. Research funding typically include indirects, which are a percent of the directs (cost of research: IRB applications, reagents, labs, et cetera, AND salaries). In the case of IRB applications, the fee alone can be $2,000 per site. If the principal investigator delegates this application to a team member, such as a research nurse, then you might estimate a cost of $80-$150 per hour, include salary, pay-roll taxes, benefits, et cetera. Indirects are meant to cover things like infrastructure and administration, such as grants managers and accounts. The NIH minimum (default) is 10%, but I have seen it as high as 100%. Very few organizations can convert even 90% of the grant funds to direct research. If that is to exclude salaries of the researchers and analyst, then that percent drops. The fees for publishing in peer-reviewed journals or attending (presenting at) conferences can be $750 or more, not including travel, room, and board. The second point, not addressed in the video, is that many, many more women will die of cardiovascular diseases than breast cancer. Yes, breast cancer is tragic, but I do not see a prominent Go Red campaign. From my perspective, address the huge issue, then address the big issue.

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