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Ask Your Member of Congress to Vote Against Cuts to NIH

The Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) has received an update from the Parkinson's Action Network (PAN) regarding a bill in the United States House of Representatives that would cut funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - potentially impacting Parkinson's research.


The House of Representatives will vote this week on a funding bill (H.R. 1) that will cut funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by $1.6 billion.  This is a 5.2% cut from last year and would reduce the NIH budget all the way down to the 2008 funding level.  Furthermore, if enacted, the entire cut would have to be absorbed in the remaining months of Fiscal Year 2011 (between now and September 30) – significantly intensifying the impact of the reduction.

As the primary federal agency responsible for conducting and supporting biomedical research, NIH drives scientific innovation and develops new and better diagnostics, prevention strategies, and more effective treatments.  NIH funds over $170 million in Parkinson’s research each year.

NIH funding also helps the economy.  More than 83% 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 in every state.

Your help can make the difference in millions of dollars for Parkinson’s research!  Please click “Take Action” to contact your Member of Congress today. 

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PAN is the voice of the Parkinson's community in Washington, DC.  In FY2010, PDF is supporting PAN with a grant of $200,000.

Source Date: Feb 15 2011