Federal Funding for Medical Research
If Congress fails to adequately fund the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the United States is at risk of losing a generation of young researchers. This loss threatens advances in medicine, both at the bench and at the bedside, and places the United States at risk of losing its global competitive edge.
In the current budget environment funding for medical research is at risk as lawmakers are being forced to make spending cuts. It is important that medical research advocates, including the pediatric gastroenterology community, use the power of their collective voice to remind lawmakers that they have choices when it comes to budget priorities and that sustained funding for medical research conducted through the NIH is critical.