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AHA Advocate Acts to Protect NIH Funding


You’re the Cure advocate Ravi Balijepalli, Ph.D , recently hosted Manny Vasquez , Regional Director for U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), at the Cardiovascular Research Center at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. Dr. Balijepalli, Assistant Professor of Medicine, and his colleagues showcased the research happening in their facility thanks to funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Vasquez had the opportunity to view beating heart cells under a microscope and witness electrical signals being recorded from a single beating heart cell. He also learned about the training process for graduate and medical students and how research undertaken in the lab translates to new treatments for those suffering from disease.

 “I think this is great way to inform our leaders about what health science research can do to improve our lives,” said Dr, Balijepalli.

Congressional site visits like this one are part of AHA’s ongoing efforts to demonstrate the value of NIH funding throughout the United States. NIH funds research in all 50 states and in most Congressional districts. That funding not only leads to life-saving advances in the prevention and treatment of heart disease and stroke, but supports more than 432,000 jobs across our country. Despite the potentially devastating impact to our nation’s health and economy, NIH faces significant funding cuts in January 2013.

Learn more about the impact of these cuts and join Dr. Balijepalli in speaking up to protect NIH funding.

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