On Thursday, September 22, scientists, patients, advocates, young investigators, and research leaders representing more than 100 organizations will travel from across the country to Washington, D.C. to elevate the importance of medical research investments to policymakers. Research!America is one of the many supporters of the Fourth Annual Rally for Medical Research. The goal of the Rally is to underscore the urgent need for robust and sustained resources for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Last year, the NIH received an additional $2 billion for FY16, the largest increase the agency has received in over a decade. Rally advocates will meet with members of Congress to not only thank them for the boost, but also convey the critical need to continue the momentum by providing another funding increase of $2 billion for the NIH in FY17.
Rally participants will attend an afternoon training session the day before the event, followed by a reception to celebrate medical research at the Cannon House Office Building in the Cannon Caucus Room. The next day, participants will be invited to a kick-off breakfast at the Mayflower Hotel before starting a full day of meetings with House and Senate offices.
Research!America and many other groups will create “buzz” leading up to the event by posting messages about the Rally on Facebook and Twitter using #RallyMedRes. The Rally for Medical Research website is filled with resources and information about the event and advocates are also encouraged to take photos with the “I Rally For…” card available for download.
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