More Funding Needed to Cure Kidney Disease

ASN Past President Sharon M. Moe, MD, FASN, is calling on Congress to support NIH funding and kidney disease research. In a Roll Call op-ed, she notes that general funding for medical research has declined, including in the kidney space. The NIH invests an average of $30 billion each year in medical research, but <2% of that annual funding is dedicated to research for kidney disease at the NIDDK, despite the fact that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services spends billions each year to care for patients with kidney disease. Kidney disease is projected to kill >90,000 Americans in 2014—more than breast and prostate cancer combined, Dr. Moe noted, emphasizing the imperative need for Congress to support medical research.

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ASN Past President Sharon M. Moe, MD, FASN, is calling on Congress to support NIH funding and kidney disease research. In a Roll Call op-ed, she notes that general funding for medical research has declined, including in the kidney space. The NIH invests an average of $30 billion each year in medical research, but <2% of that annual funding is dedicated to research for kidney disease at the NIDDK, despite the fact that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services spends billions each year to care for patients with kidney disease. Kidney disease is projected to kill >90,000 Americans in 2014—more than breast and prostate cancer combined, Dr. Moe noted, emphasizing the imperative need for Congress to support medical research.