Copied from an email I received from the National CSA:
The public is invited to make comments on Draft of Opportunities and Challenges in Digestive Diseases Research: Recommendations of the National Commission on Digestive Diseases
The Commission was chartered in July 2005 by Dr. Elias A. Zerhouni, Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH), and formed through public nominations. The Commission’s mission was to conduct an overview of the state-of-the-science in the field and to develop a digestive diseases research plan consistent with the research mission of NIH for submission to the NIH Director and to Congress.The research plan has been under development by the Commission since its initial meeting on June 12, 2006. Public Comment period ends March 8, 2008.
You can easily access the Draft report, the comments in support of the committee submitted by CSA and a sample letter for members to submit http://www.csaceliacs.org/DigestiveDiseasesResearchANNOUNCEMENT.php
This NIH committee report and public comments will influence research directions and funding.
CSA supports increased funding for NIH and encourages researchers to submit quality research proposals. A decreasing number of celiac disease research proposals have been submitted to the NIH since the NIH Consensus Development Conference on Celiac Disease in June of 2004.