Orthopaedic patients, surgeons, researchers take part in Research Capitol Hill Days

By Lindsay Law

On Feb. 13-14, 2008, the AAOS delivered a unique “valentine” to members of Congress…in the form of visits by their constituents—patients, orthopaedic surgeons, and orthopaedic researchers—as part of the annual Research Capitol Hill Days.

They came to Washington, D.C., to meet with their senators and representatives to personally advocate for the future of musculoskeletal care and stress the importance of additional increased research funding. More than 115 orthopaedic patients, physicians, and researchers from across the country had one message: Boost the budget for the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) to $548 million in fiscal year (FY) 2009—a 6.5 percent increase from the FY 2008 level—even though President Bush’s budget didn’t include a funding increase for either NIAMS or the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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