Excessive federal regulation of research is “seriously impeding the productivity of our scientists,” University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank told a U.S. Senate committee Wednesday.

Some level of regulation of research that receives federal funding is needed, Blank told members of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. But layers of regulation have been added year by year until there are now as many as 23 layers of administrative responsibilities associated with federal research grants, Blank said.

The number of full-time staff members at UW-Madison handling regulatory compliance on human and animal research projects has grown from 50 to 80 and counting over the past 10 years, Blank said. Read the full story here.