A Weekly Advocacy Message from Mary Woolley: It’s time to question the candidates

Mary Woolley

Dear Research Advocate:

We celebrated steadfast advocates for research to improve health at last week’s Advocacy Awards Dinner; pictures are now available. Champions like Whitehead awardees Chairmen Blunt and Cole keep us energized in the fight for medical research, even in the face of its virtual absence on the presidential campaign trail. Indeed, Research!America Chairman, Hon. John Porter, urged everyone present to take it upon themselves, as advocates, to make it clear how vital this election is to the future of science, research, and health. Since this is the mission of Campaign for Cures and related Research!America election-year activities, we can help you in your advocacy! Our partnership with ScienceDebate.org, for example, encourages candidates to address how science can help find solutions to a wide range of challenges. Join in by submitting a question and, if you are not doing so already, please follow the Campaign for Cures on Facebook and Twitter!

The due dates for appropriations requests from each Member of Congress are now upon us. “Dear Colleague” letters for NIH and NSF in the House, and AHRQ in the House and Senate, have been submitted to committee leadership with significant support. If you see that your representatives has signed onto one or all of these letters, please take a moment to say thank you. We must never forget to show our appreciation, as advocates, constituents, and voters, to the champions that work so hard to help realize the goals we all share. Here is contact information for members of the House and Senate.

Late last week, Vice President Joe Biden announced his choice for the Cancer Moonshot Task Force executive director, Greg Simon, an attorney and consultant with experience in genomics, biomedical ethics, chronic disease management, and immunotherapeutics. Greg’s experience in policy and research, in addition to his deep understanding of the importance of both private and public players, as well as the patient community, adds significant value as this initiative realizes its potential to speed medical progress.

Lastly, I hope you’ll take a minute to check out our recently published annual report and survey data summary. Did you know that nearly 90% of Americans believe it is important for candidates to have a basic understanding of science? See America Speaks, Volume 16, an annual publication that is made possible by support from the AMA, for much more. Research!America alliance members will receive hard copies of both these publications shortly. Meanwhile, we are sending America Speaks to all Members of Congress, to keep them updated on the latest information on public attitudes on a broad range of issues related to research and innovation. 

Sincerely,

Mary Woolley

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