April 1997 AAOS Report
Capitol Hill visit urges increased research funding
Members of the Academy's Committee on Research, Academic Orthopaedic Society, Orthopaedic Research Society and American Orthopaedic Association went to Capitol Hill March 13 to urge a 9 percent increase for research funding for the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) in fiscal year 1998. It was part of the orthopaedic community's efforts to educate Congress about the types of musculoskeletal conditions that affect Americans and the importance of funding NIAMS research. Following a briefing by the Academy's Washington, D.C. office about the budget allocations of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to NIAMS, the orthopaedic surgeons and researchers visited the legislative assistants of Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Rep. Henry Bonilla (R-Texas) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.). The legislators are members of the Senate and House Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education. Michael G. Ehrlich, MD, chairman, Committee on Research; Gary E. Friedlaender, MD, immediate past president, Academic Orthopaedic Society; Richard A. Brand Jr., MD, president, Orthopaedic Research Society; and J. David Blaha, MD, representative from the American Orthopaedic Association, were among the 15 orthopaedic surgeons and researchers who participated in the event. More than $257 million already is allocated to NIAMS for research. Last year, NIAMS received a 6 percent increase in funding.