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Lupus Research Alliance Commends Senate Appropriations Committee for $2B NIH Budget Increase Approved Today

September 7, 2017

Lupus Research Alliance Commends Senate Appropriations Committee for $2B NIH Budget Increase Approved Today

NEW YORK, NY – September 7, 2017. The Senate appropriations committee today approved its 2018 Labor-HHS-Education spending bill, increasing the National Institutes of Health (NIH) research budget by $2 billion. The bill provides the $36.1 billion for biomedical research that Lupus Research Alliance advocates requested of Congress when visiting legislators on Lupus Advocacy Day in March 2017. 

With this provision, the Fiscal Year 2018 budget for research conducted through the National Institutes of Health would be increased $2 billion over the 2017 budget. The bill is expected to pass by year-end.

“NIH is the nation’s most powerful engine to turn scientific discovery into new drug development for lupus and other chronic diseases, noted Kenneth M. Farber, president and CEO, Lupus Research Alliance. “While our organization provides the initial funding for investigators to pursue cutting-edge ideas that can jumpstart innovation, further advancing their work depends on larger grants from the NIH. We greatly appreciate the committee leaders and members on both sides for their commitment to supporting biomedical research at NIH.”

“Every year our advocates impress upon Congress through visits, emails, letters and phone calls the absolute necessity for budget legislation that allows the NIH to fulfill its mission of enhancing health and lengthening life while reducing illness and disability. That goal is one the Lupus Research Alliance deeply supports for our lupus community and all people living with chronic disease.”

About Lupus

Lupus is a chronic, complex autoimmune disease that affects millions of people worldwide. More than 90% of lupus sufferers are women, mostly young women between the ages of 15 to 44. Women of color are especially at risk. In lupus, the immune system, which is designed to protect against infection, creates antibodies that attack the body’s own tissues and organs -- the kidneys, brain, heart, lungs, blood, skin, and joints.

About Lupus Research Alliance

The Lupus Research Alliance is transforming the lives of people affected with lupus by financing the most innovative lupus research in the world. The organization’s stringent peer review grant process fosters diverse scientific talent who are driving discovery toward better diagnostics, improved treatments and ultimately a cure for lupus. Because the Lupus Research Alliance’s Board of Directors funds all administrative and fundraising costs, 100% of all donations goes to support lupus research programs.

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Contact: Margy Meislin

Phone Number: 646-884-6025

Email: mmeislin@lupusresearch.org


Lupus Research Alliance Commends Senate Appropriations Committee for $2B NIH Budget Increase Approved Today

September 7, 2017

Lupus Research Alliance Commends Senate Appropriations Committee for $2B NIH Budget Increase Approved Today

NEW YORK, NY – September 7, 2017. The Senate appropriations committee today approved its 2018 Labor-HHS-Education spending bill, increasing the National Institutes of Health (NIH) research budget by $2 billion. The bill provides the $36.1 billion for biomedical research that Lupus Research Alliance advocates requested of Congress when visiting legislators on Lupus Advocacy Day in March 2017. 

With this provision, the Fiscal Year 2018 budget for research conducted through the National Institutes of Health would be increased $2 billion over the 2017 budget. The bill is expected to pass by year-end.

“NIH is the nation’s most powerful engine to turn scientific discovery into new drug development for lupus and other chronic diseases, noted Kenneth M. Farber, president and CEO, Lupus Research Alliance. “While our organization provides the initial funding for investigators to pursue cutting-edge ideas that can jumpstart innovation, further advancing their work depends on larger grants from the NIH. We greatly appreciate the committee leaders and members on both sides for their commitment to supporting biomedical research at NIH.”

“Every year our advocates impress upon Congress through visits, emails, letters and phone calls the absolute necessity for budget legislation that allows the NIH to fulfill its mission of enhancing health and lengthening life while reducing illness and disability. That goal is one the Lupus Research Alliance deeply supports for our lupus community and all people living with chronic disease.”

About Lupus

Lupus is a chronic, complex autoimmune disease that affects millions of people worldwide. More than 90% of lupus sufferers are women, mostly young women between the ages of 15 to 44. Women of color are especially at risk. In lupus, the immune system, which is designed to protect against infection, creates antibodies that attack the body’s own tissues and organs -- the kidneys, brain, heart, lungs, blood, skin, and joints.

About Lupus Research Alliance

The Lupus Research Alliance is transforming the lives of people affected with lupus by financing the most innovative lupus research in the world. The organization’s stringent peer review grant process fosters diverse scientific talent who are driving discovery toward better diagnostics, improved treatments and ultimately a cure for lupus. Because the Lupus Research Alliance’s Board of Directors funds all administrative and fundraising costs, 100% of all donations goes to support lupus research programs.

# # #

 

Contact: Margy Meislin

Phone Number: 646-884-6025

Email: mmeislin@lupusresearch.org



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