On Thursday, April 14 orthopaedic surgeon Robert LaPrade, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado, attended the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Research Capitol Hill Day to raise awareness about the debilitating and costly musculoskeletal disorders that are affecting millions of Americans today. Dr. LaPrade and many advocacy teams are urging Congress to appropriate $34.5 billion in the 2017 Fiscal Year to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and to support the Next Generation Researchers Act.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) recognizes that scientific and medical innovation depends on their organization’s ability to foster, support, and invest in the next generation of clinician investigators and basic scientists. AAOS supports the efforts of the Next Generation Researchers Act to build opportunities for new researchers, and invest in the future of research, science, and innovation. The President’s Fiscal Year 2017 NIH budget requests $33.126 billion in funding for NIH. This proposed $825 million budget increase for NIH would represent a small increase over the current funding level. Instead, the orthopaedic community urges Congress to appropriate at least $34.5 billion through the Labor-HHS-Education Spending bill for Fiscal Year 2017.