Society urges policy makers to make life-saving medical research funding a national priority
Chevy Chase, MD ––On April 8th, The Endocrine Society joined millions of Americans across the country in the Rally for Medical Research, which called on policymakers to make life-saving medical research funding a national priority. Because the Society’s researcher and scientist members depend on federal funding for medical research, the Society was a lead sponsor of this landmark event and sent a contingent of people to the rally to ensure their voices were heard.
“The Endocrine Society remains deeply concerned about the future of biomedical research in the United States without sustained support from the federal government,” said William F. Young, Jr., MD, president of The Endocrine Society. “Some really important discoveries have been made in the areas of diabetes, endocrine disruptors, and obesity. But without a continued commitment to funding of the NIH by the federal government, we will lose so many more opportunities.”
Endocrinologists study endocrine diseases and work toward developing treatments for a wide range of conditions, including diabetes, obesity, thyroid disorders, reproductive disorders, osteoporosis, breast cancer and prostate cancer. Endocrine research is vital to public health, as endocrine diseases result in substantial morbidity and mortality. To learn more about the value of endocrine research, click here.
Legislators, celebrities, and patient advocates spoke at the rally, encouraging everyone to contact their representatives in Congress and tell them that medical research saves lives and its funding is critical.
Founded in 1916, The Endocrine Society is the world's oldest, largest, and most active organization devoted to research on hormones and the clinical practice of endocrinology. Today, The Endocrine Society's membership consists of over 16,000 scientists, physicians, educators, nurses and students in more than 100 countries. Together, these members represent all basic, applied, and clinical interests in endocrinology. The Endocrine Society is based in Chevy Chase, Md. To learn more about the Society, and the field of endocrinology, visit our web site atwww.endo-society.org.