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Become an advocate for science in your own community!
Over the past several years the U.S. federal deficit and priorities on national security, defense spending and other national needs have resulted in dramatic cuts in U.S. medical research funding. Now more than ever, it's imperative that all of us become effective research advocates in our communities. Advocating for more research funding starts locally. Let your local leaders know the significant role scientific research plays in your community - the importance of research, possibilities of discovery, economic value to the region or country, etc. Your chosen profession and livelihood depend on effective advocacy!
You don't have to visit Washington, D.C., to have your voice heard! Plan a visit to your representative's home office Speak at a meeting of your Rotary Club or other local business and professional leadership organizations. Invite them to visit your lab or institution to lean first hand about the importance of the research carried out in their own backyard. A large majority of the public supports increased research funding. It's our responsibility as scientists to remind them why scientific research is important and should be a priority.
The ASBMR staff can support you with your visits and presentations. Contact ASBMR at +1 (202) 367-1161 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how you can become an advocate for science in your community.