Last updated on: 10/7/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Biography

Position:
None Found to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“The NIAID is the NIH component that conducts and supports basic and applied research to better understand, treat, and ultimately prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases. As such, NIAID does not have a position on the issue of medical marijuana.”

E-mail to ProCon.org on Sep. 30, 2009

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Description:

“The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) conducts and supports basic and applied research to better understand, treat, and ultimately prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases. For more than 60 years, NIAID research has led to new therapies, vaccines, diagnostic tests, and other technologies that have improved the health of millions of people in the United States and around the world.”

“Who We Are and What We Do,” NIAID website (accessed Oct. 7, 2009)

Mission:

“As NIAID continues to pursue progress in understanding, treating and preventing infectious and immunologic diseases, it recognizes that new challenges to public health continue to emerge. NIAID will continue its tradition of supporting innovative scientific approaches to address the causes of these diseases and find better ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat them.”

“History,” NIAID website (accessed Oct. 7, 2009)

Other:
Government agency