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Rally for Medical Research-April 8, 2013

Cokie Roberts, political analyst for ABC News and senior news analyst for NPR served as the moderator for the event. Guest speakers included Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Ranking Member on the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee; Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Ranking Member on the House Budget Committee; the Honorable John Edward Porter, chair of Research!America’s Board of Directors, and former Member of Congress from Illinois; Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Ph.D., president, The Rockefeller University; Maura Tierney, actress and Stand Up To Cancer ambassador; and several survivors and other advocates. The event also featured messages from Rep. David McKinley (R-WV), Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS), and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL).
 
Congressman Van Hollen noted how the low success rates
for those applying for NIH grants reduces the likelihood that important discoveries will be made. “Now we’re here today because we know, that every time [NIH Director] Dr. [Francis] Collins and his team at NIH get a promising new research proposal from one of you or another scientist around the country, that has great promise and great potential, every time they have to say no to one of those promising proposals, we all lose,” Van Hollen stated. “We lose a little bit of hope, because that proposal may well have led to a new discovery—a new discovery that can help improve health and save lives.” Van Hollen also stated, “Funding medical research is a no-brainer when it comes to our national interests – let’s make sure we have more progress, more hope and more lives.”

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