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"If you think research is expensive, try disease."
— Philanthropist Mary Lasker (1901-1994)

The cost of disease . . .

Annual direct and indirect costs for just a few diseases, as estimated by the National Institutes of Health

Mental Disorders
$148 billion

Heart Disease
$128 billion

Alzheimer's Disease
$100 billion

. . . and of the search for cures

Annual funding for biomedical research in 2002

Extramural funding nationwide from the National Institutes of Health
$19 billion

External grants and contracts income to DMS
$111 million

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