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ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views

NIH Shows the Money

Published January 30, 2009 12:32 PM by Frank Visco
The National Institute of Health (NIH), recently released statistics on the monetary support it made to various research, condition, and disease categories based on grants, contracts, and other funding mechanisms in 2008. In all, 215 research/disease areas were listed, and I thought it might be worth mentioning some of the pulmonology-related ones.

The area of "lung" was allocated $1,211 million, which marked a $42 million increased over last year, but still left it noticeably less funded than other areas such as cardiovascular, brain disorders, and aging.

Also receiving increased funds were COPD (up $3 million to $75 million), cystic fibrosis (up $12 million to $90 million), lung cancer (up $5 million to $169 million) and sleep research (up $6 million to $225 million).

Pulmonary areas that saw minor cuts were ARDS (down $5 million to $82 million), asthma (down $6 to 246 million), emphysema (down $1 million to $29 million), and tobacco (down $14 million to $311 million).

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