Thursday, February 05, 2009

URGENT: Please Contact Your Senator to Support Aging & Longevity Research!

See also:
-- 'Books Forum' blog
-- 'Health Studies' blog

Dear All:

Now when the US Senate is discussing the economic stimulus package, there is an unique gold opportunity to make a real difference in increasing funding support for vital aging & longevity research through the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) in particular.

However the window of this opportunity is quite short -- just a few days before the vote!

Please contact your Senator now (and encourage all your friends to do the same), with a suggestion described here.

This simple immediate action can make a great difference for all of us!

Best wishes,

-- Leonid Gavrilov

P.S.: I attach below a copy of my letter sent to my US Senator recently:

Dear Senator Richard Durbin,

I am writing this brief letter to inform you of my unequivocal support for the stimulus package which hopefully will awaken our moribund economy.

I am cognizant that various amendments are being considered as a means of improving the measure. For example, I was not appalled that 246 million dollars in tax breaks for Hollywood production companies was removed.

On the other hand, a vital area that deserves maximum funding and our unequivocal support is the National Institutes of Health, N.I.H. The mission that they perform is vital to our nation's health and well being.

Specifically, I believe it is vital that the National Institute on Aging, N.I.A. have sufficient revenue to fund projects and perform research that will ameliorate and extend the healthy lives of our senior citizens.

Hopefully, within the foreseeable future we will conquer the debilitating conditions and diseases that cause the premature death of so many older Americans who have contributed so much to our country.

54 scientists including myself wrote an Open Letter on Aging Research supporting the feasibility of this approach:
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If only one or two percent of the money was targeted to N.I.A., the benefits could be profound!

Senator, I sincerely hope that you will seriously consider my comments before you vote on this bill.


-- Leonid Gavrilov, Ph.D.
US Citizen, Chicago, IL
Center on Aging, NORC/University of Chicago
My books:

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