Sponsor Quotes

Sponsor Quotes

“Thanks to the transformative research that is funded by NIH, there is real hope on the horizon for improving outcomes and even curing some forms of cancer and other devastating medical conditions. Innovative new treatments are emerging every day. NIH supports research that improves the health of our entire nation, creates jobs, boosts the economy and ensures that America remains a global leader in health innovation.”

John L. Cleveland, PhD
Center Director and Executive Vice President
Moffitt Cancer Center

“Federal funding for cancer research helps save lives and leads to an improved quality of life for patients and their loved ones. Thanks to a bipartisan commitment to supporting this research over the past several years, the cancer community has made monumental progress towards conquering cancer. However, robust and sustained federal research funding must continue to ensure that our vision of preventing and curing cancer comes to fruition, and every patient has equitable access to high-quality care. We call on Congress to maintain its investment in the National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute to ensure continued progress against cancer.”

Everett E. Vokes, MD, FASCO
Chair of the Board
Association for Clinical Oncology

Look in your medicine cabinet. Do you see a medication for treating a chronic illness or preventing disease? Chances are you can thank the NIH for that. Think about someone who has survived cancer. If not for the NIH, that person might not be with us. Or consider the future of a friend or family member with Alzheimer’s disease, a heart condition, or mental illness. Where will we find the treatments to alleviate their suffering? The answer almost certainly involves the NIH.

Katrina Armstrong, MD
Chief Executive Officer and Dean, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Thanks to longstanding bipartisan support in Congress, the NIH has been able to empower scientists to explore new pathways in Alzheimer’s and dementia research. This year, we saw the first FDA traditional approval of an Alzheimer’s treatment that changes the underlying course of the disease for those living with early Alzheimer’s. With continued support for medical research, our nation will drive scientific advances that could one day yield promising discoveries that benefit all those with dementia at any stage.

Rachel Conant
Vice President of Federal Affairs, Alzheimer’s Association

AACI represents over 100 leading academic cancer centers that are working to accelerate progress against cancer. To drive this progress, AACI members require stable, predictable increases in funding for the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute.

Jennifer W. Pegher
Executive Director, Association of American Cancer Institutes

Congress’ consistent investment in NIH and biomedical research has helped make cutting-edge treatments like CAR-T and gene therapies a reality. The research community is on the verge of more landmark treatments for life-threatening hematologic diseases, including blood cancers and sickle cell disease, and NIH funding is critical to that mission.

Robert A. Brodsky, MD
President, American Society of Hematology (ASH)

Biomedical research is how we uncover scientific knowledge that has led to and leads to discoveries that are essential for the understanding of diseases, their prevention, treatment and overall improving the health of all people. A robust and well-resourced biomedical research enterprise is foundational and essential to advancing public health.

Namandjé Bumpus, PhD
President, American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET)

Critical investments in cancer research through the National Institutes of Health drive innovation toward incredible discoveries. At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Washington state, NIH-funded research led to bone marrow transplantation and immunotherapy, illustrating the direct and tangible lifesaving benefits of how supporting research translates into cures for cancer patients. Fred Hutch and similar institutions across the U.S. are at the vanguard of the fight against cancer and related diseases. With robust and sustained funding for the NIH, life beyond cancer will become a reality for patients and their families.

Tom Lynch
President and Director, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center

Federal research funding provided by the NIH is critical to advancing the science and innovation needed to solve our biggest healthcare challenges. Weill Cornell Medicine is proud to support the 2023 Annual Rally for Medical Research Hill Day and stand with our colleagues as we seek continued Congressional support for research that enhances life, reduces suffering and drives discovery.

Robert A. Harrington, MD
Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean, Weill Cornell Medicine
Provost for Medical Affairs, Cornell University

The American Psychological Association Services is grateful for Congress’ steadfast support of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and psychological science. The association encourages Congress to continue to provide consistent, steady, sustainable support so that the nation can respond to the challenges and growing demands surrounding our youth’s mental health. The current youth mental health crisis is bigger than we have ever experienced, requiring new knowledge and solutions.

Long before COVID-19, suicide was the second most common cause of death among adolescents. Since the pandemic, the emotional and behavioral symptoms of millions of young people have grown more serious, given the widespread disruption of routines, grief and loss, and shortages of treatment.

Increased investment in psychological and behavioral research supported by the NIH is required to create a significant research initiative for youth to ensure that efforts to prevent, treat, and recover from mental health problems are built on the best science.

Mitch Prinstein, PhD, ABPP
Chief Science Officer, American Psychological Association

Physiologists working in labs across the country are actively engaged in cutting-edge research to advance scientific discovery, understand life and improve health. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) plays a critical role in supporting not only physiological research, but also the training of the next generation of physiologists. For the United States to meet current and future public health needs and remain globally competitive, NIH funding must continue to grow.

Willis Samson, PhD, DSc, FAPS, FAHA
President, American Physiological Society

By any measure, NIH is the world’s greatest discovery engine for biomedical knowledge. For example: of the 230 Nobel prizes ever awarded for fundamental discoveries in chemistry, physiology or medicine, 99 have gone to 163 NIH-supported scientists. And that knowledge is the starting point for treatments and cures. One study found that of the 210 new drugs approved by FDA over a recent seven-year period, development of every single one of them originated from new knowledge uncovered by NIH-funded research. Extending and sustaining federal support for NIH research is a wise investment in our economy, an essential investment in combatting disease, and a visionary investment in public health and well-being.

Keith R. Yamamoto
Chair, Coalition for the Life Sciences
President, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Vice Chancellor for Science Policy & Strategy, University of California, San Francisco

“The National Institutes of Health stands as a beacon of scientific excellence and innovation, driving transformative discoveries that revolutionize human health and improve the lives of people worldwide. Through its unwavering commitment to research, collaboration, and cutting-edge advancements, the NIH offers critical support and programs to unravel the complexities of disease, develop groundbreaking treatments, and empower communities. As a vital cornerstone of progress, the NIH paves the way for a brighter, healthier future for all.”

Mary-Ann Bjornsti, PhD
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

“NIH is an essential partner to California’s life sciences ecosystem, supporting the basic research that enables new therapeutic and technological development. CLS members, including the University of California and Stanford University, were among the research institutions that brought $5.5 billion in NIH funding to our state in 2022, which not only drives advancements in care and cures, but also generates over $15 billion in economic activity and supports more than 86,000 jobs in California. CLS is proud to advocate for NIH investment and to bring hope to patients and their families.”

Mike Guerra
President & CEO
California Life Sciences

“Sustained and elevated funding for biomedical and behavioral research is critical, including at the National Institute of Nursing Research, as we support scientific discoveries that promote better health and wellness throughout our nation. We are grateful to our nurse scientists who are advancing these evidence-based interventions and leading translational research that addresses health equity, social determinants of health, population health, and health promotion.”

Deborah Trautman, PhD, RN, FAAN
President and Chief Executive Officer
American Association of Colleges of Nursing

“NIH funding for human genetics and genomics research has unleashed the power of precision medicine to improve the health and well-being of all Americans. The transformative impact of these advances is helping countless families with increasing numbers of diagnosed genetic conditions from cystic fibrosis to sickle cell disease. To fully realize these benefits for all Americans, it is imperative for participation in genetics and genomics research to reflect humanity’s diversity. Strong support for NIH-funded research must continue if we are to fuel further scientific progress and maintain our world leadership in biomedicine that has been built on nearly a decade of robust federal investment. It is a vital piece of the health puzzle to save and improve lives.”

Brendan Lee, MD, PhD
American Society of Human Genetics

The NIH is a major driver of the biomedical research enterprise and has led to great leaps in our knowledge of cancer. For tomorrow’s breakthroughs to happen, we must ensure that the NIH continues to receive consistent and reliable funding.

Roy A. Jensen, MD
Vice Chancellor and Director
The University of Kansas Cancer Center

Support for research from the NIH fuels discoveries in oncology that have made cancer less deadly by improving cancer diagnostics, prevention and treatments. The result is that people are living longer.Sustained NIH funding for basic, translational, and clinical research enables us to focus our cancer research on what’s important to the unique populations of New Mexico, which include Native American, Hispanic, rural and underserved communities. The UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center is grateful to Congress for its commitment to helping all the people in New Mexico fight cancer.

Yolanda Sanchez, PhD
Director and Chief Executive Officer
The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center