Wants to Hear from You!
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute
of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) are very
pleased with the many biomedical and behavioral research projects that
have received support from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
(ARRA). We are very excited about our research community's participation
in these unprecedented opportunities that will catapult scientific fields
forward, and we want to share the impact that ARRA support is having on
As you know, the central goal of NIHís and NIAMSí
ARRA-associated programs is the rapid distribution of funds to stimulate
the economy, create and preserve jobs, and advance biomedical research.
Please tell us about jobs retained or created; enhancement of your
research by allowing new efficiencies, new directions, or additional
resources; or expansion of your scientific team through new personnel or
collaborations. We want to hear your stories about impact that is
immediate or long-term, large or small. We invite you to share your ARRA
stories using a Web form available from our new Web page, NIAMS
The current sampling includes a report of a new collaboration,
which has paired an exercise physiologist with a muscle research team at
the University of California, San Diego, to study the role and
mechanism of fat infiltration into degenerating muscle in muscular
dystrophies. In addition, a high school biology teacher in Hershey, Pennsylvania,
spent the summer of 2009 in an orthopaedics laboratory at Pennsylvania
State College of Medicine. The experience expanded the research
teamís project on the bone-growing potential of human adult stem
cells cultured on biomaterials, and provided the teacher with valuable
information for his students and future classroom projects. We look
forward to highlighting many more ARRA stories in the future, and welcome
your feedback through the Web link noted above.
Once again, we are very grateful to President Obama and the U.S.
Congress for this unprecedented opportunity. We recognize the additional
reporting requirements for ARRA awards, but they are also an opportunity
to demonstrate the responsibility that the NIH and the scientific
community take in stewardship of taxpayer dollars. We welcome your
questions and comments and, most importantly, your stories of ARRA
More information is available at the following Web sites: Stephen
I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D.
of Arthritis and
Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
National Institutes of Health
Department of Health and Human Services