Throughout the month of August, Research!America engaged in the advocacy initiative, Save Lives. Support Cures., aimed at encouraging the Senate to pass Cures legislation in September. The measure would help speed the development of new treatments and medical devices for patients. Through a number of channels including social media, blog posts, letters to Congress and other actions, Research!America, members and advocates showed strong support for finding cures and modernizing our nation’s research and innovation ecosystem.
Each week featured a different theme of the research continuum—discovery, development and delivery. Guest blog posts from Representative Fred Upton (R-MI-06), the Society for Neuroscience, the Hydrocephalus Association, Purdue University and the Infectious Diseases Society of America explored each week’s theme, from basic research to drug discovery to highlighting patient stories.
A major part of the month long initiative was to make sure advocates connected with their representatives in Congress to share their personal stories and explain why it’s important to take action on Cures legislation. More than 600 letters were sent through Research!America’s advocacy platform to Congress. Thousands of patients and advocates joined in on social media, voicing their support using the hashtag #CuresNOW.