Physicians, patients lobby for NIH funding

By Erin Lynn Ransford

Tough budget climate confronts Research Capitol Hill Days effort

On Thursday, March 17, as part of the 2011 American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ (AAOS) Research Capitol Hill Days, orthopaedic patients, physicians, and researchers visited Capitol Hill to urge members of Congress to maintain President Obama’s budget proposal, which reflects a 3.2 percent increase to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the coming fiscal year. Advocates from several states met with officials and put a face to the statistics by focusing on their personal stories.

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