The American College of Radiology’s (ACR’s) Radiology Action Network has generated a strong initial response from a Oct. 25 Call to Action that asks members to express their support for more federal funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in FY 2017 federal appropriations.
More than 1,200 communications were transmitted to Members of Congress in the first 24 hours after the Call to Action, signed by ACR Board of Chancellors Chair James Brink, MD, FACR, was issued. It asked ACR members to contact their House representatives with a request to sign a letter to House leaders recommending no less than $34 billion in funding for NIH, as approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee, in the final FY 2017 spending bill.
Brink noted that federal investments in biomedical research have consistently failed to keep pace with inflation allowing NIH’s purchasing power to diminish significantly over the past decade. This failure directly impacts the future of medicine, including radiology innovation supported by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
The ACR is a member organization of the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research—a coalition of hundreds of patient groups, scientific/professional societies, and other NIH stakeholders.