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    ASBMR Applauds President Obama’s Call for Sustained Investment in Scientific Research

    Date: January 31, 2012

    For more information, please contact:
    Doug Fesler,
    dfesler@asbmr.org or (202) 367-1161

    In his 2012 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama urged Congress not to gut investments in scientific research and development, warning that current trends “could jeopardize our world class standing.”  The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR), the world’s leading scientific organization for bone health research, applauds the President’s call for sustained research funding and his recognition that research and development can improve quality of life.  We believe this is particularly true for bone health research. 

    Bone diseases devastate patients and their families both financially and in terms of human suffering.  Annual direct and indirect costs for bone and joint health are $849 billion – more than seven percent of our gross domestic product.  Alone, bone fractures resulting from osteoporosis or low bone mass cost our health care system more than $19 billion each year, and experts predict this cost will rise to more than $25 billion by 2025.  Ongoing research is the best way to improve prevention detection and treatment of bone diseases to rein in costs and prevent suffering.

    "America's leadership is at stake as other nations accelerate and prioritize their investments in discovery and development,” President Obama warned.  “We could potentially witness a reversal in fortune as Asia and Europe integrate science and technology into economic growth while U.S. investments in R&D decline.  Unfortunately, many elected officials have taken research and innovation for granted. They must realize that second-tier status will yield second-tier results in both scientific and economic output,” he said.

    “We commend the President for his emphasis on innovation and join him in urging Congress to maintain the federal commitment to scientific research,” ASBMR President Keith Hruska, M.D., responded.  “It is abundantly clear that research-based innovation has dramatically improved the quality of life for Americans and people around the world. In the past decade alone, significant advances in bone research have helped us better understand the causes of osteoporosis and have led to life-changing breakthroughs in prevention, diagnosis and treatment that reduce the pain and suffering caused by this disease.  Our best hope for continued progress is a strong commitment to science and technology.”   

    The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) is the leading professional, scientific and medical society established to bring together clinical and experimental scientists involved in the study of bone and mineral metabolism. ASBMR encourages and promotes the study of this expanding field through annual scientific meetings, an official journal(Journal of Bone and Mineral Research), the Primer on the Metabolic Bone Diseases and Disorders of Mineral Metabolism, advocacy and interaction with government agencies and related societies. To join ASBMR, and to learn more about upcoming meetings and publications, please visit www.asbmr.org.