Read the message from the MDA below and consider supporting the proposed increase to NIH spending.
Increased funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is critical to finding treatments and cures for the neuromuscular diseases that affect our community. Together, with our generous donors and sponsors, MDA is working to fund groundbreaking research and bring critical support to families. Collaboration-including leveraging federal funding-is vital to speed urgently needed treatments to affected individuals as quickly as possible.
Ensuring increased NIH funding is one of MDA's top policy priorities. Through targeted efforts and strategic initiatives, MDA is urging Congress to boost funding for NIH. Increased support for NIH is critical, as funding levels have failed to keep up with the rising costs of medical research-resulting in a 22% decrease in purchasing power since 2003, when adjusted for inflation. This lack of funding has resulted in a lower grant application success rate and hinders the ability of NIH to conduct and support important biomedical research.
With many voices carrying the message that medical research is imperative to finding treatments and cures, lawmakers have placed increased NIH funding on the Congressional agenda in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.
One example is the 21st Century Cures Act draft released May 13, 2015, by the House Energy &
In addition to the 21st Century Cures Act, several pieces of stand-alone legislation in the House and Senate support increased NIH funding at various levels. MDA appreciates the efforts of every lawmaker who takes action to increase funding for medical research.
Please click the button below to urge your Congressional leaders to support increased NIH funding.