The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons' Research Capitol Hill Days, an annual event promoting federal funding for musculoskeletal research, gives physicians, researchers, and patients the opportunity to meet with targeted Senators and Representatives to personally advocate for the future of musculoskeletal care, specifically increased research funding for the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The Research Capitol Hill Days program works to raise awareness of the chronic, debilitating, and costly musculoskeletal diseases and disorders afflicting our nation and to request continued support for musculoskeletal research. If Americans are to be freed from the personal, societal, and financial burdens of musculoskeletal conditions, improved treatments and eventual cures must be found.
These innovations will require an investment in both basic science and clinical research. Despite the chronic nature of musculoskeletal conditions, funding for orthopaedic research does not match the burden of disease.
Orthopaedic surgeons, patients, and researchers visit Capitol Hill annually to raise awareness about the debilitating and costly musculoskeletal diseases and disorders afflicting millions of Americans and emphasize the need for research funding. RCH provides both doctor and patient participants with training, including an overview of advocacy skills and legislative outreach. Each year, over 60 orthopaedic patients, surgeons, and researchers met with U.S. Senators and Representatives to personally advocate for the future of musculoskeletal care and stress the importance of continued support of research funding. Meetings include members of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees.
Congressional Leave Behind Materials: 2016 Research Capitol Hill Days
- National Institutes of Health - NIH's mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce the burdens of illness and disability.
- National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases - NIAMS, one of the 27 institutes and centers of the NIH, supports research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases; the training of basic and clinical scientists to carry out this research; and the dissemination of information on research progress in these diseases.
- The Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States - a joint project of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American College of Rheumatology, American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, Arthritis Foundation, National University of Health Sciences, Orthopaedic Research Society, Scoliosis Research Society, and the United States Bone and Joint Decade.
Participate in the 2017 Research Capitol Hill Days!
If you are interested in participating in the 2017 Research Capitol Hill Days, contact Erin Ransford, AAOS Manager of Research Advocacy, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-384-4319 for more information.