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Medical News & Perspectives
March 26, 2003

NIH Director Elias A. Zerhouni, MD, Reflects on Agency's Challenges, Priorities

JAMA. 2003;289(12):1492-1493. doi:10.1001/jama.289.12.1492

Last month, after nearly 5 months of delay, Congress finalized the 2003 federal budget, which included a sizable increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), bringing the agency's budget to $27 billion. This increase capped 5 years of growth that effectively doubled the budget for NIH, which is the principal funding source for biomedical research in the United States. The agency's research portfolio is enormously diverse, ranging from supporting AIDS research, to research on regenerative medicine, to studies aimed at addressing terrorist threats to human health.