PARA board members meet with Director of National Institutes of Health
Purpose of meeting
On November 17, 2000, two members of PARA's Board of Directors -- Cheryl Miller and Steve Merkel - traveled to Bethesda, Maryland, to meet with Dr. Ruth Kirschstein, Acting Director, U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Dr. Carole Heilman, Director, Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).
The purpose of the meeting was to encourage immediate and aggressive funding from NIH/NIAID and the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to fulfill the NIAID's new Research Recommendations published in 1999 - research recommendations which address a potential infectious cause of Crohn's disease, with Mycobacterium avium, subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP) as "prime suspect."
Major points covered in meeting
In response to PARA's concerns, Dr. Kirschstein offered very encouraging information about potential future funding of this critical research.
Futher, Dr. Kirschstein highly commended PARA on its work, stating that PARA's efforts had been critical and, indeed, key to "raising awareness and to promoting additional research into Crohn's disease."
PARA is greatly encouraged by information gained in this meeting. Additionally, PARA is humbled and honored by Dr. Kirschstein's commendation on the effectiveness and success of our efforts.
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