Created by on 11/19/2012

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization based in Rockville, Maryland. Originally founded as the American Society of Biological Chemists in 1906, the ASBMB counts more than 12,000 basic biomedical researchers among its members. The ASBMB also publishes several scientific journals including the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Molecular & Cellular Proteomics, the Journal of Lipid Research, and our society’s newsletter, ASBMB Today. Nearly 100 ASBMB members have been recipients of the Nobel Prize.
The ASBMB conducted over 160 meetings on Capitol Hill during 2012, and two ASBMB members testified before the House appropriations subcommittee that allocates funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). We also expanded our advocacy efforts outside of Washington by conducting our first August-recess advocacy drive. We trained and set up meetings for more than 50 ASBMB members to visit their congressional representatives in their home states and districts and discuss the important role that federal support for basic research plays in our nation’s health, economy, and international competitiveness.
The ASBMB has also been active in engaging with President Obama’s administration and other organizations important for improving biomedical research. In 2012, ASBMB members conducted 19 meetings on the NIH campus with members of the NIH leadership as well as the directors of many institutes and centers. In addition, the ASBMB was invited to the West Wing of the White House three times to take part in meetings with business and science leaders to discuss the role the administration can play in supporting the nation’s research enterprise. Finally, the ASBMB is part of team led by software giant Microsoft to work on legislation focused on improving science, technology, engineering, and math education in the United States.

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) is one of the leaders in advocating on behalf of biomedical research. The ASBMB looks forward to partnering with our colleagues at FASEB and strengthening our ties with FASEB-member societies as we continue to grow the influence of the biomedical research community into 2013 and beyond. For more information or to join the ASBMB, please visit www.asbmb.org.


Society Spotlight is a new feature that will occasionally appear in the Washington Update to highlight the achievements and public affairs activities of FASEB societies during the Federation’s centennial in 2012. This spotlight was contributed by Chris Pickett, PhD, Science Policy Fellow at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.