In order for life-saving research to continue, it is important that supporters keep Congress, and the general public, aware of the issues at stake and the impact decisions will have. APS’
s Advocacy Center helps you to stay informed and become a science advocate.
To increase support in Congress, the APS Office of Science Policy has prepared a model letter about the importance of biomedical research.
There are many ways to get started advocating for science issues. Here are some ideas.
Scientists are at the forefront of biomedical advances, so who better to explain the importance of research, the need for animal models, and the care that the animals receive?
Six points to keep in mind whenever talking to your legislators or their staff.
Before meeting with Members of Congress or their staff, it is helpful to know a few basic facts about the legislator and the district to give you some idea about how to approach your conversation.
Personal meetings in either Washington, DC or home district offices are effective ways to communicate your views and establish relationships with your elected representatives.
If you don’t have the time or opportunity to set up a personal meeting, a phone call to the legislator’s office is another option.
The definition of lobbying is generally considered to be communications intended to influence specific legislation.
An explanation from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences on role played by basic research in medical discovery.
Breakthroughs in Bioscience is an excellent series of articles telling the stories behind various medical advancements, like the discovery of insulin or how snake venom improved treatment options for hypertension. (Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology)
This report from Families USA illustrates the economic benefits of funding medical research.
A series of fact sheets developed by NIH to outline advances made on a wide array of medical concerns.
In this brochure PDF the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology explains why it is not so easy to predict from where the next breakthrough will come.