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Congressman David Young

Representing the 3rd District of Iowa


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60 Second Survey - Improving diversity in NIH clinical trials - Would you support my bill?

October 23, 2016

Our doctors and researchers in the United States have made remarkable breakthroughs in medicine which offer hope to individuals and families in Iowa and across the nation suffering from illnesses, disease and other medical conditions.

Important to research and development are clinical trials, necessary to advance vital treatments for human use. The National Institutes of Health (NIH), the medical research agency of the federal government, has carried out clinical trials for decades.

Unfortunately, while the NIH is required by law to include participation by women and minorities in clinical trial research, diversity in trials is lacking. A recent study found that in the over 10,000 cancer clinical trials funded by the National Cancer Institute during the last 13 years, less than 2 percent included enough minority participants to meet the NIH’s own mandates. Additionally, a recent Government Accountability Office report found “By not examining more detailed data on enrollment…NIH cannot know whether it is adequately including women in all of the research it supports.”

Would you support legislation to ensure women and minorities are represented in clinical trials at NIH? 

Click here to answer the survey question.

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