It turns out, they like us, or so they say. Biomedical researchers should take note that for the second year in a row, U.S. Senate appropriators have declared funding the National Institutes of Health a...
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Sample Letter to the Editor
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To the Editor:
First way to start the letter: I want to thank Rep [ ] and or Senator [ ] for his/her continued and strong support for biomedical research funding).
A second way to start the letter: As the Congress continues to work on many challenging budget issues, I urge Representative [YOUR REPRESENTATIVE'S NAME HERE] and Senators [YOUR SENATORS' NAMES HERE] to support robust funding for the National Institutes of Health.
Body of the text: NIH research funding is an investment in our country's future. The funds are used to support the development of treatments and cures for a wide range of diseases and conditions. In addition, it supports talented scientists in every state—including this one—who every day are working discovering critical medical breakthroughs.
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Full funding for NIH is critical if the agency is to continue to serve as the world's preeminent medical research institution and our best hope for finding cures, improving treatments, and gaining a better understanding of the complex causes of diseases that affect millions of Americans. The agency conducts research that is too expensive and risky for private industry to undertake alone but has led to major advancements in our understanding of rare diseases and disorders, as well as historically prevalent diseases like Alzheimer's, cancer, and Parkinson's.
I will be watching for our congressional delegation's leadership on this issue.