NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology has launched a nationwide campaign to increase Congressional support for the National Institutes of Health, the group said today.
“It is time to reeducate Congress and the public about the critical value of NIH,” said Leo Furcht, FASEB’s president, in a statement. “We just need to make the connection between lifesaving advances and funding of the National Institutes of Health.”
To that end, FASEB said it is working on a slide presentation that demonstrates the impact NIH funding has on basic research and on human health. FASEB expects scientists, department heads, and deans to present the information locally to community groups and Congressional representatives, the group said.
FASEB will create versions of the presentation for every state and will produce additional advocacy material for use by scientists. The materials will be freely available on the FASEB website.