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November 20, 1997

Congress increases diabetes research funding
There's still a long way to go

This week, President Clinton signed into law the 1998 health appropriations bill. This bill sets funding levels for diabetes research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NIDDK (NIH's diabetes institute) received a 7.5% increase in their budget. This was the 4th highest increase among NIH's 17 institutes.

This increase is good news. The lion's share of the credit for this increase in funding belongs to diabetes advocates who demanded more money for diabetes research this year. In the past people with diabetes didn't demand a cure from Congress. And no one was effectively advocating for a cure for diabetes in Washington, DC. As result, between 1987-97:

  1. Funding for all medical research at NIH increased by more than 100%
  2. But the percentage of government research dollars dedicated to diabetes shrank by 1/3rd
  3. As a result, nearly $1 billion in diabetes research was diverted to higher profile diseases.

The American Diabetes Association will continue to fight to make up for these past shortfalls. We are currently working to collect 250,000 signatures on the diabetes petition to President Clinton ( That will show him that Americans want a cure for diabetes.

We are also planning a show of strength at the US Capitol in March. But people all around the country will have to get involved and take action locally if we are to be successful in finding a cure for diabetes.

Stay informed!

Electronic Advocacy gaining strength

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Posted 23 Nov 97

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