APTA's Section on Research hosted a fly-in March 19-20 in Washington, DC, to advocate on behalf of rehabilitation research and for increased funding for programs within the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Eleven researchers from 9 states met with staff of the Senate and House appropriations committees and their individual members of Congress. The researchers asked for funding increases for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), which is the housing institute for the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research; the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS); and the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). In addition, they requested report language on the benefits of prioritizing rehabilitation research in the translational science research agenda. The researchers received positive feedback from committee members and individual members of Congress on the benefits of funding NIH programs.
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