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WASHINGTON -- Autoimmune disease research is likely to benefit significantly from greater coordination across specialties under a new federally mandated plan.
Members of the National Institutes of Health Autoimmune Disease Coordinating Committee and representatives of numerous autoimmune disease organizations gathered last month to lobby Congress for $450 million to fund the NIH Autoimmune Diseases Research Plan. The Children's Health Act of 2000 required NIH to devise the plan.
"For the first time we will see a united effort on the part of governmental agencies; on the part of individual investigators; and, most notably the coordinated efforts of patient …