The Physiologist

APS Members Urge Congress to Invest in Research, Regulate Sensibly

In July, members of the APS Animal Care and Experimentation (ACE) went to Capitol Hill to meet with their Senators and Representatives. Members of the Science Policy Committee (SPC) held its Capitol Hill Day in September.

Participants in both Hill Day events used the Twitter hashtag #HillDayAPS to reinforce their messages.

ACE Committee Hill Day: July 23, 2014

The ACE committee participated in 20 meetings with 11 Republican and 9 Democratic offices. They discussed the important role of non-human primates in crucial areas of research and conveyed the Society's concern that Air France is the only commercial airline willing to transport non-human primates for research. (See the APS new position statement on research animal transportation to learn more about this issue: the-aps.org/AnimalTransport.)

SPC Capitol Hill Day: September 9, 2014

The SPC had 21 meetings with 11 Republican and 10 Democratic offices. The SPC reminded legislators of the need to provide federal research agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation stable and predictable funding growth in order to sustain the U.S.'s research enterprise. The SPC also discussed the need to address regulatory burden and the complexities of incorporating sex as a biological variable in preclinical research. To learn more about the APS position on this issue, see the-aps.org/HR4879.

To learn how you can be an advocate for research, see the-aps.org/SciencePolicy.

Richard Nichols, Barbara Hansen, Gaylen Edwards, and Anne Deschamps outside the office of Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) Richard Nichols, Barbara Hansen, Gaylen Edwards, and Anne Deschamps outside the office of Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL)
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), center, with Mike Wyss, Diane McClure, Claire Edwards, and Sonnet Jonker in the Senate Reception Room of the Capitol Building Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), center, with Mike Wyss, Diane McClure, Claire Edwards, and Sonnet Jonker in the Senate Reception Room of the Capitol Building

 

The Animal Care and Experimentation Committee prepares to depart for Capitol Hill The Animal Care and Experimentation Committee prepares to depart for Capitol Hill
Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), second from the right, with Jeff Henegar, Dan Warren, and Mike Ryan Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), second from the right, with Jeff Henegar, Dan Warren, and Mike Ryan

 

Jeff Henegar with Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO 4) Jeff Henegar with Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO 4)
Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA 32), second from left, poses with Sonnet Jonker, Diane McClure, and Mike Wyss Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA 32), second from left, poses with Sonnet Jonker, Diane McClure, and Mike Wyss

 

2014 Early Career Advocacy Fellow Ann Stowe with Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX 32) 2014 Early Career Advocacy Fellow Ann Stowe with Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX 32)
Gaylen Edwards and Pieter de Tombe in the Hart Senate Office Building Gaylen Edwards and Pieter de Tombe in the Hart Senate Office Building

 

FASEB President JR Haywood, Laura McCabe, and Alicia Schiller standing in front of the office of Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) FASEB President JR Haywood, Laura McCabe, and Alicia Schiller standing in front of the office of Senator Carl Levin (D-MI)
APS President David Pollock, Roy Sutliff, 2013 Early Career Advocacy Fellow Mitsi Blount, and APS Executive Director Marty Frank at the Capitol APS President David Pollock, Roy Sutliff, 2013 Early Career Advocacy Fellow Mitsi Blount, and APS Executive Director Marty Frank at the Capitol

 


The Science Policy Committee, accompanied by APS Executive Director Marty Frank, prepares to depart for Capitol Hill The Science Policy Committee, accompanied by APS Executive Director Marty Frank, prepares to depart for Capitol Hill

 

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