Tuesday, November 15, 2005

A Plea from Phill

From the Society of Pediatric Research:

This week the House and Senate L/HHS Appropriations Subcommittee will meet to
finalize House and Senate passed legislation that funds the NIH for fiscal year
2006. Under the Senate passed version of the legislation, NIH would receive
$29.4 billion. This represents a 3.7% increase over last year, and 3.2% more
than President Bush has requested and the House of Representatives have
recommended. Both the President's budget and House passed bill propose
that NIH receive $28.5 billion or 0.5% above last year's funding level.
The latter plan will inflict a devastating blow to biomedical research in
general, and most certainly to research related to pediatrics.
Please urge your elected officials to support the Senate passed recommendation. You can do so in a quick, convenient manner by going to the following website
provided by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
(FASEB): http://capwiz.com/faseb/home. Look at the first item
under Action Alert. From there you can rapidly send a message to your
Congressmen/women to support the Senate backed increase in NIH funding. I
encourage you to do this via your home computer ASAP.
Thank you for supporting research in pediatrics.

Many of you know that Phill is 75% research and 25% clinical time taking care of infants. He recently submitted two grant proposals, one to the NIH. If the Senate bill is accepted by both houses, Phill will have an increased chance of having his grant funded. Why is this important? There are many reasons, but the most important ones are as follows:

  • Phill can continue to research the effect of a hormone on intestinal development. His research has already helped neonatologists across the country change the way extremely low birthweight infants are treated thereby decreasing the mortality rate from intestinal perforations.
  • A funded grant or two would ensure Phill's position at the university and would guarantee him a promotion.

Please consider visiting the website above to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health.

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