On Sept. 18, 2014, the AACR and more than 300 institutions and advocacy organizations representing a broad spectrum of medical research stakeholders once again partnered to host the Rally for Medical Research Hill Day. The Rally Hill Day came at a critical point in the congressional calendar as Congress continues to wrangle and posture over fiscal year (FY) 2015 funding levels for federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Hundreds of researchers, clinicians, patients, survivors, and other advocates came to Washington to meet with over 200 House and Senate office staffers, including nearly 100 member-level meetings, to discuss the importance of increased funding for medical research. The message from the medical research and advocacy community to members of Congress was resoundingly clear: Now is the time to invest in the NIH.
The Rally for Medical Research partnering organizations kicked off the activities with a reception on Capitol Hill to celebrate medical research. President Barack Obama expressed his support for the Rally in a brief statement that was read by AACR CEO Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc). In his statement, the president noted that to "meet the challenges of the 21st century, we must commit to a serious, sustained effort to advance medical research."
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