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Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Applauds NIH Increase for Medical Research
July 16, 1997

New York, NY – July 16, 1997 -- In its continued efforts to make medical research funding a national priority, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International applauds Congressman John Porter and other members of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for their outstanding decision to increase support for diabetes research.

Effective yesterday, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education approved a 6 percent, or $765 million, increase in funding for medical research programs through the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In addition, the panel provided a 7.5 percent, or $61 million, increase for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

"This result provides substantial hope to millions of Americans affected by diabetes. In providing the NIDDK one of the highest percentage increases among the 21 NIH institutes, we are also very pleased that steps are being taken to reverse disturbing recent trends in diabetes research funding", said James E. Mulvihill, DMD, President and CEO of JDFI.

"This very positive funding decision by the Subcommittee is all the more remarkable in the context of current efforts to balance the federal budget by the year 2002", added S. Robert Levine, MD, JDFI Board Member and Chairman of the Foundation’s Government Relations Committee. "Coupled with the upcoming NIH-sponsored conference on scientific opportunities in diabetes research, and JDFI’s own research planning process, yesterday’s Subcommittee action will help to re-energize and re-focus national and international efforts to find a cure for this insidious, costly disease", he said.

The Subcommittee’s recommendations must now be approved by the full House Appropriations Committee and then by the entire House of Representatives. The Senate is expected to begin action on NIH funding on Monday.

The mission of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International (JDFI) is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. JDFI was founded in 1970 by parents of children with diabetes who were convinced that only research held the answers for a cure. With chapters from coast to coast and affiliates around the world, JDFI gives more money to diabetes research than any other non-profit, non-governmental health agency in the world. In 1996, JDFI awarded $30.3 million to diabetes research worldwide, bringing the cumulative dollar commitment to $220 million.

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