ASN opposes proposed cuts to medical research

Proposed cuts to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget for 2011 will limit the nation’s ability to advance patient care and public health.

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) strongly opposes the proposed $1.6 billion reduction to the NIH budget included in the continuing resolution (fiscal year 2011) being debated in the House of Representatives. The nation’s longstanding commitment to better health has established the United States as a world leader in medical research and innovation. This leading position will be endangered should the 5.2 percent decrease in the NIH budget be implemented.

“This funding is crucial to NIH in order to advance scientific research, promote innovation, encourage new generations of investigators to pursue research vital to improving health, and preserve and create jobs,” explains Joseph V. Bonventre, MD, PhD, ASN President (Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA). “This is no time to limit medical advances made through NIH funded research.”

ASN strongly values funding for NIH research, which supports:

  1. Improved patient care: Research funded by NIH is critical to improved treatment of disease, including kidney disease, which afflicts 1 in 9 Americans.
  2. Economic recovery: More than 83 percent of NIH funding is spent in communities across the nation, creating jobs at more than 3,000 universities, medical schools, teaching hospitals, and other research institutions nationwide.
  3. Long-term competitiveness: NIH funding forms one of the key foundations for long-term US global competitiveness in industries such as biotechnology, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and in academics.

Contact: To speak with Dr. Joseph Bonventre or Dr. John Sedor, Chair of the ASN Research Advocacy Committee about ASN’s opposition to the proposed funding cuts, please contact Shari Leventhal via email at [email protected] or by phone at 202-416-0658.

Founded in 1966, and with more than 12,000 members, the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) leads the fight against kidney disease by educating health professionals, sharing new knowledge, advancing research, and advocating the highest quality care for patients.

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