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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 26, 2011
CONTACT: James F. Jorkasky
Executive Director
240-221-2905
jamesj@eyeresearch.org

NAEVR RELEASES FUNDING REQUESTS TO CONGRESS- FINALIZE FY2011 NIH FUNDING AT $31.8 BILLION, FY2012 PEER REVIEWED MEDICAL RESEARCH-VISION AT $10 MILLION

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) released its legislative positions in advance of a January 28 Advocacy Day it is hosting for members of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) early in the First Session of the 112th Congress.

Finalize FY2011 NIH Funding at $31.8 Billion, per Senate Omnibus Bill:

Since most government programs are being funded at the Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 level through a Continuing Resolution that expires on March 4, 2011, NAEVR is urging Congress to finalize National Institute of Health (NIH) appropriations at the $31.8 billion level, per the Senate omnibus bill released at the end of the 111th Congress. The Senate bill, reflecting a conference between the House and Senate bills, would increase NIH funding by $750 million and enable it to keep pace with biomedical inflation. NIH funding at this level yields National Eye Institute (NEI) funding at $723.22 million, a $16.6 million increase. The ARVO advocates will describe the negative impact on the momentum of research and retention of staff from delayed appropriations, as well as from flat funding or cuts.

Fund FY2012Peer Reviewed Medical Research-Vision at $10 Million:

NAEVR urges Congress to fund PRMR-Vision at $10 million in FY2012 Department of Defense (DOD) appropriations. The PRMR-Vision line is a dedicated funding source for extramural vision research into immediate battlefield needs which is not conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), elsewhere within the DOD, including the Joint DOD/VA Vision Center of Excellence, or the NEI. NAEVR stresses that PRMR-Vision warrants a continued, rigorous investment, especially since Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has identified Restoration of Sight and Eye-Care as one of the four top defense research priorities, along with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and Prosthetics.

The National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) is a 501(c)4 non-profit advocacy coalition comprised of 55 professional, consumer, and industry organizations involved in eye and vision research. Visit the Web site at www.eyeresearch.org.