This week, student and faculty members of ASBMB convened in Washington, D.C., to advocate on behalf of biomedical research.
On Monday, six members of ASBMB’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee traveled to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., for a series of meetings with various institute directors and deputy directors. In their meetings, the PAAC members stressed the importance of investigator-initiated research and discussed strategies for getting the most out of NIH funds.
On Tuesday, the PAAC joined 10 student members descending on Capitol Hill. The students described to lawmakers the importance of NIH funding for their individual research projects and stressed both the societal and economic benefits resulting from investment in biomedical research.