May 1999 AAOS Report

AAOS urges support for orthopaedic research funds

In a written statement submitted by the Academy to a House subcommittee hearing on appropriations on April 13, the Academy urged continued federal support of musculoskeletal research, and asked the subcommittee to provide $354 million in fiscal year 2000 for the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). The statement also indicated that the Academy supports the proposal of the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research Funding that calls for a 15 percent increase in funding for the National Institutes of Health. Gary E. Friedlaender, MD, chairman of the Committee on Research, represented the Academy at the hearing. Tenley E. Albright, MD, a general surgeon and former Olympic gold medal winner in figure skating in 1956, told subcommittee members how bilateral hip replacement surgery had improved her life. She explained, "The morning after surgery, I actually stood up. My pain is gone. Now, I can cross my legs, bend down and walk up and down stairs. It shocks me to think what my life would be like now if it were not for research advances enabling total hip replacement."

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