In this study, doctors from England and the United States evaluated trends in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for endoscopic research, between 1972 and 2002.
They searched the NIH database of funded biomedical projects for the years 1972 through 2002.
The team included grants were included if a start date, title, and/or specific aims were available.
|There was a 2325% increase in funding between 1993 and 2002.|
They compared endoscopy funding with other nonendoscopic funding for the same period.
The doctors found that 133 endoscopy-related grant applications were funded during the 1972 to 2002 period. Of these, 98 met inclusion criteria.
The team determined that funding for endoscopic research increased from 1 grant between 1972 and 1982, to 4 grants between 1983 and 1992.
They found that there were 93 grants between 1993 and 2002. This was a 2325% increase.
However, the team found that, despite this increase, there were substantially fewer funded endoscopy-related applications compared with liver disease, Helicobacter pylori, and cardiac catheterization.
Among endoscopic grants, they determined that colorectal cancer projects accounted for 34%, advanced optical technologies for 18%, and Barrett's esophagus for 17%.
Drs Michael Wallace and Paul Hurlstone concluded, "Funding for endoscopic research by the NIH has increased dramatically over the past 30 years, but it still lags behind funding in other fields".
"Projects focused on colorectal cancer, Barrett's esophagus, and optical technologies were most common among those funded, and the National Cancer Institute was the primary source of funding".