Fall will soon be upon us, and with it, the final weeks before the midterm congressional elections. We are so pleased to have the opportunity to work with 10 graduate and post-doc student science policy groups around the nation as they reach out in bipartisan fashion to candidates and others in the community to make the case for science as an issue worthy of attention. Achievement of aspirational goals like health, security and prosperity, calls out for investment in research and innovation. (See more information on this initiative elsewhere in this newsletter.) If you live in an area where these students are engaged, please come out to support their activities! And if not, please follow our social media accounts to be inspired by the students’ engagement to initiate some of your own!
Advocacy has been effective over the summer in helping assure that the Senate passed healthy appropriations for key research agencies, and that policies that stimulate rather than obstruct innovation are receiving positive consideration. When the full Congress convenes this last month of the federal fiscal year, it will be critically important to finalize appropriations, thus avoiding a government shutdown or continuing resolution (CR), both of which actions are time-and-money wasting exercises that slow down research and thus, medical progress. As hundreds of advocates gather in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 12 and 13 for the Rally for Medical Research, this is the time to urge Congress to increase investments in research and thank leadership for putting it at the forefront of national priorities. #RallyMedRes
We held a terrific National Health Research Forum on September 6. You can access the recap, photos and video on our website, all suitable for students and advocates (and students can be advocates, of course!) alike.