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Medical News & Perspectives
April 7, 1999

Diabetes Research Plan Presented to Congress

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JAMA. 1999;281(13):1158-1159. doi:10.1001/jama.281.13.1158-JMN0407-2-1

Washington—Doubling dollars for diabetes research is part of a comprehensive strategic research plan aimed at speeding progress in understanding the causes of the disease. The plan is part of a report sent to the US Congress by the Diabetes Research Working Group, a bipartisan congressionally mandated body. It lays out a number of opportunities for making progress toward understanding, treating, and, ultimately, preventing diabetes.

To fund the effort, the plan recommends that Congress appropriate $827 million for the coming fiscal year for diabetes research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and double the amount to $1.6 billion by 2004. Diabetes research at the NIH is currently funded at $443 million.

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