A Weekly Advocacy Message from Mary Woolley: New thinking on tough challenges

Mary Woolley

Dear Research Advocate:

I am sending my letter out early this week to ensure you can tune into our National Health Research Forum, Straight Talk: New Thinking on Tough Challenges, which will take place tomorrow at 11:45 a.m. ET at the Newseum in Washington, DC. Our expert moderators will press panelists -- top federal officials and other key leaders from across the research ecosystem -- on critical, complex and in some cases, controversial topics in health, research and innovation. It is sure to be a riveting discussion not to be missed. While the Forum is sold out, you can watch virtually with our event live-stream hosted by WebMD.

With Congress returning from recess and the end of fiscal year 2016 (FY16) looming, we need all hands on deck to fight counter-strategic budget stasis. This week, we sent a joint letter with the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) to congressional leaders urging them to avoid a long-term continuing resolution (CR) that would flat-fund the government until March of next year. With so much at stake -- both in the defense and nondefense arenas -- now is not the time to become complacent and put our government on autopilot. Using this editable message, urge the 114th Congress to complete the FY17 appropriations process. Also read our latest blog post about the ongoing debates regarding Zika funding and the spending bills.

This evening's Commander-in-Chief forum is the first joint event for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, a prelude to the three presidential debates. As part of our Campaign for Cures voter education initiative, we will be pushing for debate questions that help voters understand how Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton view medical progress (is it an imperative, an afterthought, something in between?). Have you checked out our interactive map revealing what congressional candidates have to say on that topic? If your candidates have not yet weighed in, ask them to do so now.

There is still time to register for our upcoming webinar, The Microbiome Initiative: A Closer Look, on Friday, September 16 at 1:00 p.m. ET. With innovative breakthroughs in health, technology, environmental science and biofuels right on the horizon, now is the time to explore and better understand this emerging field. We are excited to virtually host Dr. Stefano Bertuzzi, executive director and CEO of the American Society for Microbiology, who will provide an overview of the initiative and offer insights into the implications and opportunities that arise from this massive national undertaking.


Mary Woolley


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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