Inside Internal Medicine - Volume 3 Article 2
Internal Medicine Resident selected to participate in AACR Early-Career Hill Day
Brandon Leonard, Assistant Director, AACR Government Relations and Advocacy; Grace Coggins, PhD Candidate at University of Pennsylvania; Trevan Locke, PhD, AACR Scientific Program Administrator, Regulatory Science and Policy; Christine Moore, DO, Quillen College of Medicine, Internal Medicine, PGYll; Andrew Vogt, HELP Committee Staff Member, Tennessee Senator, Lamar Alexander
Dr. Christine Moore, Quillen College of Medicine, PGYII Internal Medicine was selected among 15 AACR associate members to participate in the AACR Early-career Hill Day to meet with legislators and inform them of the importance of cancer research funding, especially in the lives of young cancer researchers.
The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) conducted their third annual AACR Early-career Hill Day March 6-7, 2018 in Washington, DC. This event brings AACR Associate members (graduate students, medical students and residents, and clinical and postdoctoral fellows) to Capitol Hill each year to directly address legislators and their staff regarding the needs and concerns of early-career cancer researchers. The event is sponsored and co-organized by the AACR’s Associate Member Council (AMC) and Office of Science Policy and Government Affairs. The 2018 event included 15 scientists who conducted a total of 38 meetings throughout the day between the House and Senate, reaching legislators/staff from 17 different states.
Meetings included appointments with legislators/staff representing Congressional leadership offices, key Committees, and new offices (including, but not limited to, Members/staff from the Senate Labor HHS Appropriations Subcommittee, Senate HELP Committee, Senate FDA/Agriculture Appropriations, House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health, and the House Cancer Caucus).
Participants additionally had a chance to interact with Remy Brim, PhD, and FDA Policy Advisor for the Senate HELP Committee (Minority) and former health staffer for Senator Elizabeth Warren; as well as, Holly Gibbons, MPP, Deputy Director of the NCI Office of Government and Congressional Affairs, on March 6.
A virtual National Day of Action was held in conjunction with the Hill visits on March 7 to engage scientists and others who could not attend in-person, and encourage them to reach out that same day to their own Congressional Offices to share their own stories and help reinforce the messages being shared by onsite participants. @AACR #AACRontheHill #AACRECR18 #AACRAMC
The AACR and participants will be continuing to follow-up with Offices and particular Members/staff visited, in the coming weeks/months.
The AACR Early-career Hill Day is one of several events that the AACR holds/participates in throughout the year to engage with Members of Congress and to advocate for the robust, sustained, and predictable funding which will ultimately impact our long-term ability to advance the entire biomedical research enterprise. The AACR also releases an annual Cancer Progress Report each fall that is shared with Members of Congress.
The AACR is the oldest and largest scientific organization in the world, focused on every aspect of high quality, innovative cancer research. With a reputation for scientific breadth and research excellence, the AACR currently represents over 40,000 cancer researchers from more than 120 countries around the world, including almost 14,000 Associate members who are enrolled in educational or training programs that could lead to careers in cancer research. The AACR is dedicated to fostering the exchange of knowledge and new ideas among scientists, providing training programs and opportunities for the next generation of cancer researchers, and overall, increasing the public’s understanding of cancer. To find out more, please visit our website at www.aacr.org/