One month before elections… have you Asked Your Candidates if medical research is a priority? @ResearchAmerica

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Today I received a nice email from Research!America, promoting their Ask Your Candidates campaign! Is Medical Research a Priority? Below is the reminder to get involved before the elections next month. The message includes two super easy ways to participate in the campaign.

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I have asked my candidates… have you asked yours? Make medical research a priority!


Ask Your Candidates! Is Medical Progress a Priority?

With less than a month remaining before Election Day, now is the time to get involved in the Ask Your Candidates! initiative. Through this effort, voters can ask congressional candidates to share their views on accelerating medical progress in America. Every voice makes a difference as we look to find treatments and cures for deadly and disabling diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s, and other threats like Ebola.

There are two easy ways to participate:

  1. Send an email to your candidates using the pre-drafted message, or a message of your own, and by filling in your contact information and clicking “Send Message.”
  2. Create awareness about the importance of medical research by taking a selfie. Just follow these steps: 1) Personalize an AYC! sign (or create your own sign), sharing why you support medical progress; and 2) Post your signs on Facebook or Twitter, using the hashtag #AYCresearch, or send it to us at askyourcandidates@researchamerica.org. If you’d like to see examples of selfies, see the AYC! selfies Facebook album.

Are we doing enough to accelerate medical progress?

Short answer: NO!!!

Long answer: this lovely blog post on The Hill by former reps John Porter (R-Ill.) and Kweisi Mfume (D-Md.)

Big points from the article: 

To accelerate innovation, protect health and save lives, policymakers must close the massive gap between the level of funding necessary to advance medical progress and the token funding levels allocated to research over the last several years.

“A majority of Americans agree that basic scientific research that advances the frontiers of knowledge is necessary and should be supported by the federal government, according to polling commissioned by Research!America. And Americans understand that research is important to job creation and economic recovery.  Why doesn’t the federal budget reflect those truths?”

In conclusion, scientists want more funding, Americans AGREE that science is important (my previous post), and that scientists should get more funding, but for some reason… we aren’t getting more funding and the budget doesn’t reflect what the scientists and the people want.  I think we can all see where the holdup is: congress.  

The solution?  From the blog post: It’s time for champions of science to engage the public and their elected representatives, and demand a stronger investment in the research that fuels discovery and innovation.