The Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy (AHDA) has made great strides with their efforts in getting the word out that we need more research for headache disorders. The AHDA actions have been a crucial part in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) holding a two day meeting in the middle of May to "develop a long-term strategy to support and promote headache research and develop Headache Disorder Research Benchmarks".
This is a big deal. The NIH is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research. The NIH has helped lead the way toward important medical discoveries. Their scientists investigate ways to prevent disease as well as the causes, treatments and even cures.
Many important health and medical discoveries of the last century resulted from research supported by the National Institutes of Health. As a Federal agency, the NIH considers many different perspectives in establishing research priorities. The NIH makes medical breakthroughs happen to improve people's health and save lives.
Now is our time to get the proper funding for headache disorder research. We must act now!
Senator Patrick Leahy (VT) and Representative Peter Welch (VT) have drafted a letter to the Director of the NIH and would like as many other Members of Congress as possible to co-sign the letter to give our initiative a high research priority in the NIH. This is very important to all of us too. The AHDA has made it very easy for each of us to contact our individual elected officials - your two Senators and Representative.
You can help by sending an email to your Members of Congress as soon as possible urging them to co-sign this letter. The easiest way to accomplish this is to use the Action Alert Center on the AHDA website and then click on the Take Action button in the Featured Alert box.
It took me less than 10 minutes to send mine out and I added a few personal words of my own to my letter. Honestly, it doesn't take long and is so easy.
Please email your Senators and Representative to co-sign this vital letter now.