Efforts to sustain funding for vital federal agencies that support mesothelioma research continue here at the Meso Foundation. The Meso Foundation has been vigilant in our advocacy for increased funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which houses the National Cancer Institute. The NIH supports many of the brilliant researchers dedicated to caring for our patients and finding a cure for mesothelioma.
The Meso Foundation has joined the national coalition of organizations called the Ad-Hoc Group for Medical Research which uses their collective voice to advocate for increased funding for medical research through the NIH. For Fiscal Year 2012, the Coalition has requested a funding level of $35 billion for the National Institutes of Health. This funding is essential to find a cure for meso!
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Thanks very much to the members of the Meso Community for responding to our request to sign the online petition asking Congress not to cut funding for research funded by the NIH. As of April 1, the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research on-line petition has garnered over 16,000 signatures.
The petition notes the nation’s health and economic vitality have benefited from the longstanding, bipartisan commitment to NIH-supported medical research at more than 3,000 medical schools, teaching hospitals, universities, and other research institutions in every state. If you have not done so already, the Meso Foundation encourages you to sign the petition, as well as continue to share the petition with other organizations and individuals concerned about the future of NIH funding. The NIH is the umbrella agency for the National Cancer Institute, where many of our meso patients are treated and important research is carried out. The petition will remain open until the FY 2011 spending measures are resolved.
The petition is available at: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/preservenihfunding/
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