Created by on 5/29/2012 12:00:00 AM

On May 16th, 43 researchers representing a wide variety of scientific disciplines came to Washington to advocate for sustained funding for science during the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology’s (FASEB’s) annual Capitol Hill Day. Turnout was nearly twice as high as in previous years, reflecting the added excitement of celebrating FASEB’s centennial. Led by FASEB President Joseph C. LaManna, PhD members of FASEB’s Board of Directors and Science Policy Committee, as well as several presidents of member societies, visited a total of 70 congressional offices representing 22 states and Puerto Rico. Discussions with the offices of 11 members of the Senate Appropriations Committee and four members of the House spending panel were a highlight of the day.
In the meetings, FASEB researchers expressed thanks for the current allocations for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and emphasized that a sustainable investment in science is the foundation for improvements in health, economic prosperity, and technological innovation. FASEB’s FY 2013 budget recommendations of $32 billion dollars for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and $7.3 billion dollars for NSF were presented. In addition, researchers shared with congressional staffers NIH state factsheets demonstrating the local benefits of NIH-funded research and a document detailing the alarming impact sequestration (as mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011) would have on the capacity to fund such research in the future. “With looming risk of sequestration devastating our country’s capacity to support biomedical research, it is more important than ever that scientists advocate for the sustained funding of research. I am proud of the many researchers who came together today to share this important message with their elected officials” said Dr. LaManna.

Participants reported that their concerns were well received and that at nearly all of the meetings staffers expressed an appreciation for the value of biomedical research. Although the Capitol Hill Day was success, FASEB’s work is not over. President-Elect Judith Bond, PhD stated, “FASEB will continue its advocacy with our champions in Congress and the Obama Administration over the remainder of the year to achieve our goal of stable and predictable funding for biomedical research.”


FASEB Consultant Joel Widder, FASEB President Dr. Joseph LaManna, and FASEB Treasurer Dr. Fred
Finkelman, (from left to right) advocate for scientific research at the annual FASEB Capitol Hill Day.


Former FASEB President Dr. Robert Wells, FASEB Board members Dr. James Musser, Dr. Ellen Kraig, and Dr. Carole Mendelson, FASEB Board Advisor Dr. Bettie Sue Masters, and FASEB Science Policy Committee member Dr. Sharma Prabhakar (from left to right) pause for a picture in between meetings during FASEB’s Capitol Hill Day. Photo courtesy of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.