Baldwin Wong, chief of the Science Policy and Planning Branch of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) in Bethesda, Md., believes the act supports the NIDCD’s mission and will benefit the field of otolaryngology in many ways. The NIDCD is one of 27 NIH institutes and centers within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Here’s a closer look at each of the four initiatives.
Funding to the NIH has been one of the most critical drivers of improved health in the world. Virtually every disorder that an otolaryngologist comes into contact with has been altered, with improved patient outcomes because of NIH-funded research. —Joseph E. Kerschner, MD