Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: The Medical Research theme issue of JAMA had one critical omission: discussion of the research program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Although Dr Moses and colleagues1 lament the lack of comprehensive analyses of biomedical funding, their table of federal agencies with medical research budgets of more than $400 million omits the VA, which has a budget of more than $800 million and whose investigators receive about that amount in outside funding. And while Congressman Porter2 urges support for research funding in several federal agencies, he does not comment on the VA.
Kupersmith J, Perlin JB. Funding for Biomedical Research. JAMA. 2006;295(9):999-1001. doi:10.1001/jama.295.9.999-b