The National Mesothelioma Virtual Bank’s (NMVB) $2.2 million grant was restored last month, thanks to a decision made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
NMVB is a resource bank and patient registry that uses its vast database to help researchers, doctors, scientists, and other experts understand more about and perform research on mesothelioma. As with all research however, funding is needed, and in June, the CDC restored $2.2 million to the organization, which is expected to carry the research throughout 2016. Currently, NMVB is the only federally-funded organization that researches mesothelioma exclusively.
In addition, NMVB believes that in order to help people with mesothelioma, open sharing of current cases and records is important. As a result, researchers everywhere are encouraged to apply for tissue specimens for research. So far, NMVB’s open-minded goals have been successful. For example, several physicians have had success in extending many patients’ survival rates by focusing on clinical trials and new medication.
In 2013, however, NMVB’s funding was stopped after the federal government placed a stop on $85 million in funding that was intended for non-profit agencies, health care research, and more. The CDC had no choice but to stop NMVB’s funding and inform the organization that after September of 2014, tissue samples provided by NMVB would more than likely no longer be free. Fortunately, last month’s reversal on the funding sequester means that the research can now continue.
Efforts have been made since 2013’s sequester to get the funding reinstated, according to Michael Feldman, M.D., Ph.D, of the University of Pennsylvania’s Pathology and Laboratory Medicine department.
“Without this [funding], research of mesothelioma could have stagnated. It [NMVB] is like the cornerstone of a building: A foundation on which to build upon and so important for any advancement. We’re very pleased right now. This was not a good time to be scaling back. We’re at a crossroads [with mesothelioma]. We’re better understanding this disease and seeing real progress. It would have been the worst time to cutting back the research,” Feldman said.
However, even though the funding has been reinstated, mesothelioma researchers are still not yet in the clear. Although NMVB is the only organization that specifically specializes in mesothelioma research, they still have to apply for the funding via Procurement and Grants Office of the Department of Health and Human Services. They have to have their application in by the end of the month in order to qualify.
In the meantime, however, Feldman, along with other experts, are hopeful that the funding will help them explore more treatment options and better understand mesothelioma.
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