April 2001 AAOS Report

AAOS urges 15 percent increase in NIAMS funding for FY 2002

Gary E. Friedlaender, MD, chairman of the AAOS Research Committee, urged a congressional panel March 13 to provide $457 million for the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) in fiscal year 2002, a 15 percent increase. "NIAMS leads the federal prevention of disorders and diseases of bone, muscle and other connective tissues," he told the House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies. "While funding for NIAMS has steadily increased over the past few years, the Academy is concerned that funding has not kept pace with the allocations to other NIH institutes, especially considering that musculoskeletal conditions are among the most common chronic conditions affecting the U.S. population." With Dr. Friedlaender were two teenage patients, Allison Gaffey and Daniel Kayne, "who now lead full lives after treatment for their malignant bone tumors," he told the panel. "Prompt and accurate diagnosis of their condition led to early and successful treatment and rehabilitation." He outlined their treatment, adding, "all of the diagnosis and treatment approaches have resulted from NIH-sponsored research."

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