The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation’s medical research agency—making important discoveries that improve health and save lives.
Thanks in large part to NIH-funded medical research, Americans today are living longer and healthier. Life expectancy in the United States has jumped from 47 years in 1900 to 78 years as reported in 2009, and disability in people over age 65 has dropped dramatically in the past 3 decades. In recent years, nationwide rates of new diagnoses and deaths from all cancers combined have fallen significantly.
The Academy of Radiology Research played a principal role in advocating for Congress to establish the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) at the NIH. In addition to supporting the NIBIB’s growth and development, the Academy and CIBR are committed to supporting imaging research across all of the NIH institutes.
Please visit www.nih.gov/about/impact/ to learn more about the importance of the NIH and the far-reaching impact of its investments in biomedical research. There are a number of useful tools and resources available on that site that you can use in your advocacy efforts, including factsheets, external reports, a collection of news reports and commentaries, and an NIH Impact PowerPoint set.