AAOS, NIAMS Call for Biomedical Research

Elizabeth Fassbender

On July 16, 2014, representatives from the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) met with members of Congress to educate lawmakers about the importance of finding additional opportunities to invest in basic and translational biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Among those in attendance were AAOS Immediate Past President Joshua J. Jacobs, MD; Stephen I. Katz, MD, PhD, and Sen. John A. Barrasso, MD (R-Wyo.), who is an orthopaedic surgeon.

During the meetings, Dr. Jacobs reviewed the AAOS’ research priorities as outlined in the Academy’s Unified Research Agenda. He also illustrated the economic impact of NIH-funded research on communities, commenting that for every $1.00 the government spends on biomedical research, $2.21 goes back to the local economy. Additionally, Dr. Jacobs estimated that the nation can save $2 billion by lowering the rate of joint replacement revisions via the development of more durable medical device implants.

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