NIH Needs a Forward-Thinking Leader (SOCIAL)

NIH Needs a Forward-Thinking Leader

Year after year, Americans await scientific breakthroughs that animal models fail to provide. Yet year after year, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) continues to prioritize funding of research that use animal models. It is time to break this cycle.

For the first time since 2009 the NIH is in search of a new director. Whoever takes the helm will have approximately $50 billion at their disposal. President Biden should nominate a director who will use those funds to move biomedical research out of the dark ages of animal testing and into the 21st century, an age of technology that utilizes human cell-based research models that are more likely to provide solutions to pressing health concerns.

Calls to Action:

  1. Please contact President Biden and urge him to nominate a forward-thinking NIH Director

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  • The President Joseph 'Joe' R. Biden


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The new NIH director must focus on human-relevant research

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to urge you to choose a nominee for the next director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) who will prioritize human-based research methods to better protect the health of Americans.

Scientists increasingly recognize that animal experiments do not produce the solutions we need to protect against pressing health issues. Nevertheless, the NIH continues to rely heavily on animal experiments, which receive approximately half of the NIH's annual budget every year. As a result, patient safety is put at risk and animal lives are needlessly disregarded.

To meet the health challenges of today, the next NIH director must lead the agency away from unproductive animal experiments and toward progressive, cutting-edge research that is grounded in the use of human-cell based models. These models include known entities such as tissues-on-a-chip, computational models, and novel imaging techniques all of which receive only a small portion of agency funding--and unknown entities that are yet to be explored because of the time and money wasted on archaic animal testing.

The NIH director nomination is an opportunity to embark on better science so we can finally tackle Alzheimer's disease, cancer, traumatic brain injury, ALS, AIDS, and other pressing medical issues that animal models have failed to cure and treat for decades. Please ensure your nominee will prioritize human-specific research.

Thank you for your consideration.

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]