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CPF Urges Congress to Increase Funding for IPF Research in 2009 Federal Budget
Date:10/4/2007

e of IPF continues to climb - more than 150 percent increase since 2001- federal funding for much needed research remains unacceptably low," said Mark Shreve, chief executive officer of the CPF. "Researchers have every reason to expect that as the U.S. population ages, and more is known about IPF, that prevalence will continue rising. We're incredibly grateful to Congressmen Castle and Baird for their willingness to endorse our cause, and to step up to the plate to introduce legislation to help fuel new research into IPF."

Members of Congress Affected by IPF

In an editorial published in the Sept. 26th edition of The Hill newspaper, Rep. Castle wrote: "IPF is an ultimately debilitating and fatal disease, and one that is very personal to me. Because so much about IPF is unknown, it is my great hope that we act quickly to accelerate research funding at the National Institutes of Health, and that we work to identify the cause and progression of the disease through a registry system, so that new and better approaches to treat and cure IPF will be found."

IPF claimed the life of Rep. Baird's father, and Rep. Castle's brother and sister. Rep. Deal lost his friend and colleague, Rep. Charlie Norwood, earlier this year, to complications from IPF. Rep. Norwood's widow, Gloria Norwood, accepted the CPF Advocate of the Year award in her husband's name for his efforts to raise awareness of the disease during the IPF reception. The CPF also established the Charles G. Norwood Memorial Research Fund for IPF research.

Advocates Ask for Support of Key IPF Bills

The CPF Advocates asked Members of Congress for support of specific legislation that impacts IPF patients and their families. House Concurrent Resolution 182 (H. Con. Res. 182), introduced by Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA), is currently seeking co-sponsors. To date, 16 Members of the House have signed on to the resolution. The Senate resolution, Senate Concurrent Resolution 42 (S. Con. Res. 42), intro
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