CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING ON NIH EFFORTS TO ADVANCE DIABETES RESEARCH ATTRACTS BIG AUDIENCE Created by on 09/19/2011
Staff members from more than a dozen house and Senate offices, representatives of universities and medical schools, and other attendees filled a large room on Capitol Hill on September 15th for a luncheon briefing organized by FASEB and the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research. Entitled “Advancing Discovery: The Role of National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research in Fighting Diabetes,” the session began with a presentation by Dr. Griffin P. Rodgers, MD, Director of NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), who highlighted federally funded research that has identified lifestyle interventions to improve individuals’ health. Dr. Rena R. Wing of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University discussed the importance of NIH funding to individual investigators and local research institutions. Dr. Wing holds a grant from NIDDK to study the impact of weight loss in adults with type 2 diabetes. Ms. Anastasia Albanese-O’Neill, RN, an American Diabetes Association (ADA) volunteer from Gainesville, Florida and the parent of a child with type 1 diabetes, spoke about how families and individuals benefit from participation in clinical trials and other research studies.
The briefing was co-sponsored by ADA and several FASEB members including the American Physiological Association, the American Society for Nutrition, and the Endocrine Society. It was the latest installment in a series of events to educate members of Congress and their staff about how the nation’s investment in NIH is fostering scientific discoveries to enhance the health and well-being of the American people. Video clips and other materials from the briefing will be posted on the Ad Hoc Group website soon.