Monday, September 20, 2010

DoD Appropriations Bill -- Medical Research

CFIDS Association of America reports:
From the Senate Department of Defense Appropriations Bill for FY2011:

Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program.—The Committee has
provided $50,000,000 for a Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program.
The Committee directs the Secretary of Defense, in conjunction
...with the Service Surgeons General, to select medical research
projects of clear scientific merit and direct relevance to military
health. Research areas considered under this funding are restricted
to: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, autism, blood cancer, chronic fatigue
syndrome, chronic migraine and post-traumatic headache,
dental research, drug abuse, epidermolysis bullosa, epilepsy, fragile
x syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, interstitial cystitis, kidney
cancer, lupus, melanoma, mesothelioma, multiple sclerosis,
neuroblastoma, neurofibromatosis, osteoporosis and related bone
disease, Paget's disease, pancreatitis, Parkinson's, pediatric cancer,
pheochromocytoma, polycystic kidney disease, post-traumatic osteoarthritis,
scleroderma, social work research, tinnitus, tuberous scle184
rosis complex, and vision research. The Committee emphasizes that
the additional funding provided under the Peer Reviewed Medical
Research Program shall be devoted only to the purposes listed
* * *
By my count, that's $50M divvied up among 32 diseases = $1.5M each.  Barely $1 per patient for CFS.
Compare that to $650 per patient for cancer or $250 per patient for MS ... both of which receive even *more* funding under this bill.

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