Advocates Prepare for Rally for Medical Research

Caitlin Grzeskowiak

On September 13-14, advocates from across the country will gather in Washington D.C. to connect with policymakers for discussions on the life-saving research funded by federal investments. The Rally for Medical Research was founded in 2013 as a result of budget sequestration, the automatic spending cuts enacted across all federal government agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The Rally brings researchers and advocates to Capitol Hill to discuss the economic and health impact of research supported by the NIH. Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), chair of the House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee, will speak to advocates September 14 just before they head to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and staff.

The event is coordinated by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), in partnership with Research!America and over 200 other organizations to send a message to Congress with a unified voice: investing in medical research is investing in our future.

As the world’s leader of medical research, funded at $32.3 billion in 2016, the NIH has made significant advances in our understanding of diseases, and groundbreaking discoveries. NIH-funded research has led to a decrease in mortality rates for heart disease and the development of new therapies to combat HIV and pediatric cancers, among many other milestones.

Participants and supporters of the Rally are encouraged to increase awareness through social media by using the hashtag #RallyMedRes and posting photos with #IRallyFor cards. To learn more about the rally or to sign up, click here.

Caitlin Grzeksowiak is a Research!America Communications Intern.

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If concerted, long-term investments in research are not made, America will lose an entire generation of young scientists.
Brenda Canine, PhD; McLaughlin Research Institute, Montana