Today, Dr. Monica Bertagnolli was confirmed as the Director of the National Institutes of Health. The American Lung Association President and CEO Harold Wimmer issued the following statement regarding this announcement:
“The American Lung Association extends our congratulations to Dr. Bertagnolli. The Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is a critical position to direct lifesaving research on lung disease including lung cancer, and the NIH is a crucial partner of the American Lung Association in our efforts to end lung cancer and improve lung health. Dr. Monica Bertagnolli has dedicated her life to cancer research and improving the lives of people with this disease.
“To achieve the Cancer Moonshot goals and find new treatments and cures for lung disease, NIH needs strong support and sustained funding levels from Congress. We look forward to working with Dr. Bertagnolli as our work continues to advocate for sustained, robust and predictable funding increases for NIH. Investments in research are investments in hope.”
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Platinum-Level GuideStar Member, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org. To support the work of the American Lung Association, find a local event at Lung.org/events.