Stimulus Adds $10 Billion for NIH; Will Help to Support ALS Research
February 13, 2009
The ALS Association won a hard fought victory as Congress will provide an additional $10 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as part of the economic stimulus plan passed by Congress this evening and expected to be signed into law by President Obama. This represents a nearly 18% increase in funding over 2008 and will help to increase support for ALS research at the NIH, which is the single largest source of ALS research funding in the world.
Before President Obama took office in January, The Association also reached out to key members of the President's transition team outlining our priorities for the NIH and how the new Administration can support people with ALS in the fight for a treatment. In addition to advocating funding be included in the economic stimulus package, we also urged the new Administration to partner with the ALS community and support innovative programs that provide us with the best opportunities to advance ALS research as quickly as possible.