The Association of Independent Research Institutes (AIRI), in collaboration with its member institutes the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, the Van Andel Research Institute and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, presents the AIRI Legislative Champion Awards in recognition of Members of Congress who have demonstrated leadership in enhancing the biomedical research enterprise and supporting priorities important to biomedical researchers.
This year, the awards honor Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Representative Tom Cole (R-OK) for their efforts to increase funding at the National Institutes of Health; Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Senator James Lankford (R-OK), and Representative Steve Russell (R-OK) for their efforts to raise the micro-purchase threshold; and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Fred Upton (R-MI) for leading passage of the 21st Century Cures Act, which includes additional funds for NIH.
“With the support of the AIRI Legislative Champions, we were able to achieve significant advances for biomedical research. Significant progress has included increased NIH funding coupled with decreased regulatory burden, advances that are necessary for our scientists to continue their important work,” said Cary Thomas, AIRI president and CIO, The Scripps Research Institute. For more information, visit www.airi.org.