The Basic Research Blues (a song for our good friends at NIH)
Written and performed by Sarah Brookhart, APS Executive Director (and wannabe singer-songwriter)
Feel free to replicate, reproduce, and share your voice with friends, colleagues, NIH, and us!
Wondering what this is about? Read “Congress Stops NIH From Implementing New Clinical Trials Policy” for the latest update on NIH’s expanded definition of clinical trials, and implications for the conduct of basic behavioral research.
Basic, oh basic research
I’ve been doing fundamental science … with humans.
Now you want to call me a clinical trial
And I know you hope that that’ll make me smile
But all I’ve got’s these basic research blues.
Once upon a time,
It wasn’t such a crime
To study things fundamental.
You know my work is vital,
So please don’t change my title.
How else you gonna understand the physical and mental?
We are something to see, we got transparency,
And we study the hardest puzzles.
The coolest methodology is basic psychology,
It’s something you don’t want to muzzle.
From NCI to NICHD,
NIA and all the other ICs,
We produce for their reliance
Amazing basic science
So people everywhere can get healthy.
You would feel the same way too if you were in my shoes
How you gonna stop these basic research blues?