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As an advocate for aging research, the Alliance strongly supports funding for the National Institutes on Health (NIH), in particular, its National Institute on Aging (NIA). So, we wanted to share news about an important event taking place on Capitol Hill on September 18, 2014.

The Rally for Medical Research will bring together more than 200 national organizations to the capitol to call on U.S. policymakers to make funding for NIH a national priority and to raise awareness about the importance of continued investment in scientific research.

For instance, the NIA is funded at about $1.1 billion a year, out of the approximate $32 billion a year the National Institutes of Health (NIH) receives overall. In real-world terms, for every dollar appropriated to NIH, only about 3.6 cents goes to the NIA. We view this rally as an opportunity to show Congress just how important aging research is to the future of our country.

We encourage you to learn more about this rally by going here. You can also follow the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #RallyMedRes.