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For millions of patients and their families, medical research is the beginning of hope.
And today, its promise has never been greater for Americans suffering from serious illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's, depression, and Parkinson's. To fully realize this hope, we must sustain federal support for medical research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Support for NIH today will pay a lifetime of dividends in better health and quality of life for all Americans.

But a nearly 5 percent cut to the NIH budget through the sequestration budget cuts threatens that hope. Unless Congress acts to restore funding, these cuts will put hope on hold for millions of patients and their families by delaying medical progress for years to come.

Research Means Hope Why NIH Funding Is Important

As the largest federal funding agency for medical research, the NIH invested more than $30 billion in fiscal year 2012. More than 80 percent of the NIH's budget goes to more than 300,000 research personnel at over 2,500 universities and research institutions. Over half of this funding goes to medical schools and teaching hospitals across the country, institutions committed to pioneering tomorrow’s cures and medical advances and bringing them to patients.

Increased federal budget deficits in recent years have created tremendous pressure on lawmakers to limit spending. While reducing the deficit is vital, cutting funding to medical research will have dire consequences for the quality of healthcare in the future and the development of life-saving medical advances.

In order to meet the health challenges of an aging and increasingly diverse population, continue to foster the types of innovation that will drive our regional economy, and remain a vibrant force in the global economy, America needs to invest more in medical research, not less. Cuts to NIH funding will delay medical progress and deny hope to millions of Americans.


YouTube: Why NIH Funding Is Important

NIH-funded research helps lead the way to important medical discoveries that improve people's health and save lives. This collection of videos highlights how medical schools and teaching hospitals are advancing health and health care every day. 

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News and Updates

Numerous opinion pieces authored by leaders of the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals have described how NIH-funded research leads to life-saving new cures and treatments, and fuels local economies through the creation of jobs and revenues. Read more at Medical Research Op-eds.

"Medical Research, FDA And Mental Health Programs Face Budget Bite," Kaiser Health News External Link

March 1, 2013


"Letter from Hopkins executives outlines impact of federal budget cuts," The Baltimore Sun External Link

March 1, 2013



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Susan Beach
Senior Director, Strategic Communications
Telephone: 202-828-0983
E-mail: sbeach@aamc.org