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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 13, 2012
CONTACT: James F. Jorkasky
Executive Director
240-221-2905
jamesj@eyeresearch.org

AD HOC GROUP FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH TO CONGRESS AND ADMINISTRATION: WORK TOGETHER TO AVOID DEVASTATING IMPACT OF SEQUESTRATION

(Washington, D.C.) Yesterday, the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research, of which the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) is a member, sent a letter to all Members of Congress, the White House, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the Office of Management and Budget (OMD), and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) expressing grave concern about the impact of sequestration mandated by the Budget Control Act (BCA) on medical research supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the subsequent negative consequences this funding cut will have on the health of all Americans by slowing scientific progress against disease and disability. In the letter, Executive Director David Moore “urges Congress and the Administration to work together on a solution that avoids sequestration and the devastating impact of across-the-board cuts.”

The letter’s content emphasizes the potential impact of these mandatory budget cuts on NIH-funded research, job creation, and America’s leadership in medical research within the global economy by citing various statistics:

On July 12, the Nondefense Discretionary (NDD) Coalition also delivered a letter to Congress urging leaders to avert sequestration by adopting a “balanced approach to deficit reduction that does not include further cuts to NDD programs.” That letter was signed by nearly 3,000 organizations, including national, state, and local organizations from all fifty states which represent health, medical research, education, and public safety communities and are concerned about the potentially devastating impact of sequestration. NAEVR and ARVO were signatories.

The Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research is a coalition of more than 300 patient and voluntary health groups, medical and scientific societies, academic and research organizations, and industry that support enhancing the federal investment in the biomedical, behavioral, and population-based research conducted and supported by the NIH. Visit the Web site at www.aamc.org/research/adhocgp.

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.