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Researchers Travel to Capitol Hill

Tuesday, April 19, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Whitney Lingafelter
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On Wednesday, April 13th, over 100 clinical and translational researchers traveled to Capitol Hill as part of Translational Science 2016 for the community’s annual Advocacy Day. Both established and young investigators were well-represented at the event. During the Hill Day, advocates met with dozens of Senate and House offices to educate their legislators about the value and importance of the full spectrum of medical research. 

Consistent with years past, the community’s advocates were well received and congressional staff had many good questions about the status of key federal programs. Participants used their personal experiences and anecdotes to articulate challenges created for the training and career development pipeline as a result of inadequate funding. They also used their perspective to explain the importance of clinical and translational research to the health of the nations’ biomedical research enterprise. 

Congress is currently considering Fiscal Year 2017 funding for medical research and public health programs. Following meaningful funding increases in FY 2016, the community is hopeful that Congress will once again provided for a significant investment in medical research. Advocates were asking their members of Congress to support a funding level of $34.5 billion for NIH along with a restoration of funding for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Advocates also asked legislators to provide meaningful FY 2017 funding increases for the CTSA program, the IDeA program, and Research Centers in Minority Institutions.