Why Advocate for Biomedical Research?

While scientists carry out research in labs across the country, important decisions are being made in Washington, DC that will affect how they do their jobs, such as future funding levels for the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

Most members of Congress do not have a scientific background; therefore lawmakers need to hear from YOU about why these issues are important. As a scientist and a constituent, you have a unique opportunity to have input in the decision making process.

Biomedical Research Benefits

Exceptional Returns: The Economic Value of America's Investment in Medical Research

PDF from The Medical Journal of Australia examining the economic benefits of investing in medical research.

Live Long and Prosper: Examining the Economic Value of Medical Research

A summary of research by Kevin Murphy and Robert Topel on the economic benefits of medical advancement.

In Your Own Backyard: How NIH Funding Helps Your State's Economy

This report from Families USA illustrates the economic benefits of funding medical research.

Beyond Discovery: The Path from Research to Human Benefit

The National Academies offers articles outlining how basic science has contributed to technological and medical advances.

Breakthroughs in Bioscience

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. It is produces by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

Fulfilling the Promise

The Association of American Medical Colleges reports on the progress academic medicine is making in research efforts to improve the nation's health.

Serendipity of Science

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.

NIGMS's "Why Do Basic Research?"

An explanation from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences on role played by basic research in medical discovery.

NIH Research Results Fact Sheets

A series of fact sheets developed by NIH to outline advances made on a wide array of medical concerns.