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Lupus Research Update: 2008 Volume 3

Volume 3, 2008 - Online Edition | In This Issue

Message From The President >
ALR Awards Record Number of Research Grants >
Progress: Congress Proposes Increased NIH Funding >
Lupus Research Progress >
The Faces of Lupus: Laura and Neil Gever >
New York Jets Honor ALR Supporter and Volunteer Joseph Trunfio of Atlantic Health >
New Community Walks Raise Mega-Funds for Research >
Shoe News — ALR Walk Update >
ADVOCACY CORNER — Standing Up for Federal Lupus Research Dollars >
ADVOCACY CORNER — "Could I Have Lupus?" Awareness Campaign Launches >

Progress: Congress Proposes Increased NIH Funding

President Bush's proposed budget for FY 2009 continues to provide flat-funding for medical research funded through the National Institutes of Health (NIH). However, thanks in part to our advocacy efforts, the House and Senate appropriations committees are proposing substantial NIH funding increases – $1.025 billion in the Senate version and $1.2 billion in the House. If the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education (L-HHS-Ed) Appropriations bill is enacted, NIH will receive its largest funding increase in six years.

House Appropriations Chairman Dave Obey (D-WI) noted that the proposed FY 2009 NIH funding increase would fund more than 1,041 new research grants. While neither the House nor Senate have yet passed their L-HHS-Ed bills, Congressional recognition and focus on the crucial need for increased medical research funding is a positive step that will continue to shape both the FY 2009 and future appropriations debate.

The ALR is committed to federal funding for lupus research and ensuring that it remains a priority on Capitol Hill. To find out the latest information and updates on the appropriations process and ALR's grassroots advocacy efforts, visit the ALR Public Policy Webpage at http://www.lupusresearch.org/policy/pubpolicy.html

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