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AAMC Joins Health, Science, Research, Academic Organizations in Support of 21st Century Cures Act

Washington, D.C., June 16, 2015—The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has joined more than 100 patient and voluntary health groups, medical and scientific societies, and academic and research institutions and organizations, in signing a letter of support for the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6). Provisions in the measure would reauthorize the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for three years at funding levels that represent an increase of $1.5 billion per year, and provide $10 billion over the next five years in mandatory funding through an NIH Innovation Fund.

“This is a most welcome infusion of funding that will help revitalize and rebuild our nation’s biomedical research capacity, which has eroded because of NIH losing nearly one-fourth of its budget after inflation in the past decade,” the letter states. “An important aspect of this Innovation Fund is that it supplement, not replace, the regular appropriations for NIH, and we commit to work with Congress to insure that the Innovation Fund enhances the base NIH budget as intended.”

 The letter, which was organized by the AAMC-led Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research, commends House Energy and Commerce Chair Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.)–the architects of the 21st Century Cures initiative–for their “leadership and vision in recognizing the critical importance of maintaining funding for medical research as a national priority.” 

 Through the letter, the groups “urge all House Members to co-sponsor the bill, and call upon the House leadership to move H.R. 6 to floor consideration as quickly as possible.”

A copy of the letter and the full list of signatory organizations can be found here .

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The Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research. Its members comprise all 147 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 80 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC serves the leaders of America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and their nearly 160,000 faculty members, 83,000 medical students, and 115,000 resident physicians. Additional information about the AAMC and its member medical schools and teaching hospitals is available at www.aamc.org.