Doctors, patients lobby for increases in NIAMS funding

By Erin Ransford

Delegation teams visited more than 115 congressional offices

An impressive delegation of 72 orthopaedic surgeons, researchers, and patients visited Capitol Hill en masse March 29 to call for a 6.7 percent increase for medical research funding at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). The visits with U.S. senators, representatives, and their staffs were part of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ (AAOS) annual Research Capitol Hill (RCH) Days program, held March 28-29, 2007, in Washington, D.C. The NIAMS funding request has been endorsed by the 22 orthopaedic specialty societies comprising the AAOS Board of Specialty Societies, as well as the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation.

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