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Medical Research Matters to Tennessee

Tell TN's members of Congress to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health now!

Research funded by the National Institutes of Health saves lives and improves the health of all Americans. In Tennessee this year there are some 110,000 people with Alzheimer's disease and more than 10,000 people will die from cancer and over 8,500 people from heart disease. These facts make NIH research particularly important.

But did you know that NIH research also improves Tennessee's economy?

Last year, organizations in Tennessee received more than 1,000 grants from the NIH totaling nearly $450 million. That money helped support over 8,700 jobs and spurred nearly $1.2 billion in economic activity in Tennessee.

But that doesn't come close to what the NIH is really capable of. Congress has shortchanged the the NIH budget for more than a decade now, delaying progress toward cures and diminishing the economic impact in our state.

Congress can fix this! It can include increased funding for the NIH in the year-end spending bill that will be voted on soon.

Send a message to Tennessee's senators and representatives, urging them to improve the health and economic well-being of our state and to increase funding for the NIH now.

Fund NIH. Fund hope.