ASN Joins Medical Groups to Unite in Support of Science

March for Science
By David White

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) has joined the world's leading organizations representing clinicians, laboratory researchers, and physician-scientists committed to improving patient care, in support the March for Science and its nonpartisan call for the 
appreciation of scientific evidence, education, and investment. The March is being held today, Saturday, April 22nd, in Washington, D.C. and 604 other cities around the globe.

The March’s goal states that “The March for Science is the first step of a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments.” The March has multiple components from rallies to “teach-ins” to actual marches.  

ASN has joined and embraced the call of peer medical societies to advocate for the non-partisan use of science and the open and unfettered dissemination of scientific evidence and studies. ASN and others have jointly declared that “science has no political agenda but gives us the tools to find the truths about our world and then implement informed policies to enrich our communities. Science is vital to our health, as an understanding of human biology is essential to stimulating discoveries that lead to cures for devastating diseases. Every day, physicians make the best patient-care decisions they can by relying on science-based tools.”

The support for the March coincides with ASN’s current support for increased kidney-based research funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  In January, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report ‘Kidney Disease Research Funding and Priority Setting’ that showed that the U.S. government invests less than 1% of Medicare kidney care costs in kidney research.  GAO also pointed out that more money is spent on kidney failure in Medicare than the entire NIH budget.  

Primarily, the GAO report demonstrated the following:

•    NIH investments equal <1% of the cost of care1
•    $103 billion All Medicare Kidney Patient Costs2
•    $32.8 billion Medicare Kidney Failure Patient Costs1
•    $564 million NIH investments in kidney research1

Consequently, ASN has a three-tiered funding request for Congress for a greater investment in kidney research, specifically:

•    Special Kidney Program for NIDDK: $150 million/year for 10 years (New funding) 
•    $2.165 billion for NIDDK (for FY2018)
•    $2 billion increase for NIH (over FY17)

@ASNAdvocacy will be tweeting out its support for the March all day April 22. Photos of the march in DC will be posted to Kidney News Online later today.

Resources:

1 https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/statistics/overview/ataglance.html  (most recent data is 2013)
2 https://report.nih.gov/categorical_spending.aspx

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The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) has joined the world's leading organizations representing clinicians, laboratory researchers, and physician-scientists committed to improving patient care, in support the March for Science and its nonpartisan call for the 
appreciation of scientific evidence, education, and investment. The March is being held today, Saturday, April 22nd, in Washington, D.C. and 604 other cities around the globe.

The March’s goal states that “The March for Science is the first step of a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments.” The March has multiple components from rallies to “teach-ins” to actual marches.  

ASN has joined and embraced the call of peer medical societies to advocate for the non-partisan use of science and the open and unfettered dissemination of scientific evidence and studies. ASN and others have jointly declared that “science has no political agenda but gives us the tools to find the truths about our world and then implement informed policies to enrich our communities. Science is vital to our health, as an understanding of human biology is essential to stimulating discoveries that lead to cures for devastating diseases. Every day, physicians make the best patient-care decisions they can by relying on science-based tools.”

The support for the March coincides with ASN’s current support for increased kidney-based research funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  In January, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report ‘Kidney Disease Research Funding and Priority Setting’ that showed that the U.S. government invests less than 1% of Medicare kidney care costs in kidney research.  GAO also pointed out that more money is spent on kidney failure in Medicare than the entire NIH budget.  

Primarily, the GAO report demonstrated the following:

•    NIH investments equal <1% of the cost of care1
•    $103 billion All Medicare Kidney Patient Costs2
•    $32.8 billion Medicare Kidney Failure Patient Costs1
•    $564 million NIH investments in kidney research1

Consequently, ASN has a three-tiered funding request for Congress for a greater investment in kidney research, specifically:

•    Special Kidney Program for NIDDK: $150 million/year for 10 years (New funding) 
•    $2.165 billion for NIDDK (for FY2018)
•    $2 billion increase for NIH (over FY17)

@ASNAdvocacy will be tweeting out its support for the March all day April 22. Photos of the march in DC will be posted to Kidney News Online later today.

Resources:

1 https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/statistics/overview/ataglance.html  (most recent data is 2013)
2 https://report.nih.gov/categorical_spending.aspx