Washington Update

FASEB Supports the Rally for Medical Research

By: Ellen Kuo
Thursday, October 1, 2020

As part of FASEB’s advocacy efforts, on September 17 FASEB President Louis B. Justement, PhD, and fellow board members Hannah Carey, PhD, and Patricia Morris, PhD, participated in the Rally for Medical Research virtual meetings with lawmakers from Alabama, New York, and Wisconsin. Their meetings amplified the need for continuing communications to Congress to support $15.5 billion in emergency funding for National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the next coronavirus package.

Lead sponsors of the rally were the American Association for Cancer Research, Bristol Myers Squibb, Lilly Oncology, and Merck & Co. The 350+ Rally for Medical Research Hill Day partners brought together nearly 500 people, including young researchers, university professors, patients, and government affairs advocates for disease and life sciences groups. Participants were trained and provided with advocacy tools, including FASEB’s state-by-state documents that summarize the impact of NIH funding in all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico.

To learn more about the rally, view prerecorded videos from a diverse group of NIH leaders, including Gary H. Gibbons, MD, Director, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; Joshua A. Gordon, MD, PhD, National Institute of Mental Health; Walter J. Koroshetz, MD, Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke; Griffin P. Rodgers, MD, MACP, Director, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases; and Ned E. Sharpless, MD, Director, National Cancer Institute.