Alopecia Areata Mentioned In President’s FY 2016 Budget Request to Congress
During the first week of February, President Obama submitted his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2016 to the newly-installed 114th Congress. It is particularly noteworthy the President’s budget mentions alopecia areata research activities, which indicates that the alopecia areata research portfolio is a priority for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The President requests $31.31 billion for NIH, a recommended increase of $1 billion over FY 2015, with $533 million of that amount allocated towards NIH's National Institute of Arthritis & Musculoskeletal & Skin Diseases (NIAMS), an increase of $12 million over FY 2015. As part of the President's request, the NIAMS Director's Overview, on page 13 of the NIH Budget Proposal, uses recent advances in alopecia areata research as an example of NIAMS-supported efforts deserving of further funding. Alopecia areata's mention is a result of both vibrant NAAF-supported research and NAAF's robust legislative advocacy.