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Pediatrics. 2010 Jun;125(6):1259-65. doi: 10.1542/peds.2009-2635. Epub 2010 May 10.

Child health research funding and policy: imperatives and investments for a healthier world.

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, Colorado, USA.


Although pediatric research enjoyed significant benefits during the National Institutes of Health (NIH) doubling era, the proportion of the NIH budget devoted to the pediatric-research portfolio has declined overall. In light of this declining support for pediatric biomedical research, the Federation of Pediatric Organizations held a topic symposium at the 2009 Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting as a forum for discussion of the past and future states of funding, the rationale for directing public funds toward the understanding of child health and disease, and new programs and paradigms for promoting child health research. This report of the symposium is intended to disseminate more broadly the information presented and conclusions discussed to encourage those in the child health research community to exert influence with policy makers to increase the allocation of national funding for this underfunded area.

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