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...
Thousands of scientists, patients and research advocates gathered on the grounds of the Carnegie Library in Washington, DC, on April 8 to unite behind a call for increased funding for medical research. The Rally for Medical Research was organized by the American Association for Cancer Research in conjunction with their annual meeting and was supported by more than 200 partnering organizations ’€” including Research!America. The program featured statements from patients and their families, scientists, policy makers, and research advocates. Cokie Roberts of ABC News and NPR, cancer survivor and research advocate, was the master of ceremonies. Survivors of heart disease, stroke, HIV, Type 1...
Just because you’re not in Washington, DC doesn’t mean you can’t still watch the Rally for Medical Research! Cokie Roberts of National Public Radio will emcee the event featuring members of Congress, cancer survivors like actress Maura Tierney ( ER, NewsRadio), leaders from the scientific community including NIH Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD, and Research!America Chair, Hon. John Edward Porter. Here’s the video: Take a moment and contact your Congressperson and Senators today, tell them to make medical research a higher national priority! Follow updates from the Rally on Twitter via @ResearchAmerica or #RallyMedRes .

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You can change the image of things to come. But you can’t do it sitting on your hands … The science community should reach out to Congress and build bridges.
The Honorable John E. Porter