Gastroparesis is one of over two-dozen functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders (FGIMDs). For some their condition can be relatively mild. For others these conditions can be debilitating, disabling, and sometimes life threatening. Individually, their prevalence varies, but taken as a whole they impact millions. In fact, together FGIMDs are the most common gastrointestinal disorders experienced in society and are present in at least 1 out of 4 people in the US population. These diseases place a burden on those who have the conditions, families, employers, and the healthcare system. Better understanding is needed about causes and how to prevent, diagnose, and treat these conditions.
Finding answers takes dedication and effort. These innovations are going to come from researchers. Research findings are the basis for medical treatments and the search for cures. Continued research is critical to our community affected by digestive health conditions.
Funding allows researchers to purchase state-of-the-art equipment, pay staff members and investigators, and purchase the supplies they need to conduct innovative research.
Researchers can get funding from several sources:
- One major source is federal funding. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the largest source of funding for biomedical research in the world. NIH support goes to more than 300,000 research personnel in universities and research institutions in every state and around the globe.
- The Department of Defense (DOD), through the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP), is also a recipient of federal funding for medical research. Their peer-review research program provides millions of dollars in research funding every year to individuals and organizations throughout the world.
- IFFGD also funds researchers, providing the seed funding needed to develop increasingly ambitious and meaningful research projects. There are many competing demands for research dollars. In order for the digestive diseases community to be heard, we need to help ourselves. IFFGD's Research Awards and Grants support the work of clinicians and scientists searching to find answers for those who suffer from digestive diseases. Our goal is to raise the funds to expand research efforts to benefit our FGIMDs community. As more research is done it builds interest, attracts investigators, and moves us closer to the answers we all need.
As an individual with a voice, you can help researchers get the funding they need to better understand and treat functional GI and motility disorders:
- Federal funding for research is allocated through legislation by Congress, the elected governing body of the people. As a constituent your voice matters! IFFGD and grassroots advocates have been working with legislators on the first ever federal research bill focused on FGIMDs. The Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act (HR 2311) seeks to advance our scientific understanding of FGIMDs and improve treatment options for patients by encouraging and bolstering research. In order to become law, the bill needs more support in Congress. Your Representative can support The Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act (HR 2311) by becoming a cosponsor. However, this will only happen if YOU – their constituent – ask your Representative to become a cosponsor.
- You can also help by giving to fund research. IFFGD relies largely on donations to create research grants and awards. Your support can help of unlock the mysteries behind functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders.