NIH Funding for Spinal Muscular Atrophy Research Up 60% Since 2008

NIH Funding for Spinal Muscular Atrophy Research Up 60% Since 2008

Press Release | February 23, 2011

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), the federal government’s medical research agency, released its most recent estimate of funding for disease categories which indicates that its base funding levels for SMA-related research has increased from $10 million in fiscal year 2008 to $16 million in fiscal year 2010.  An additional $3 million in one-time funding was provided to SMA-related projects in fiscal years 2009 and 2010, respectively, through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Some of this  increase in federal resources devoted to SMA-related research is the result of the success of a two-pronged, long-term strategy of Families of SMA to provide seed funding for critical drug discovery programs in order to leverage federal (and private) resources, and to raise awareness of SMA and SMA-related research among federal policymakers through advocacy and grassroots efforts.

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