Friday, May 4, 2007

Safeguard Funding for NIH

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is losing money and momentum. An editorial in the Washington Times covered the issue today, calling the cuts "unacceptable." NIH funding works out to roughly only $44 a year per American, according to the opinion piece.

As the world's leading source of funding for MS research, NIH discoveries have led to our knowledge of the immune system, development of MS lesions, and potential genetic factors. But the decreasing investment poses a serious threat to biomedical progress and scientist retention. Adequate funding for NIH research is necessary for helping lead to better treatments and a world free of MS.

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