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Ross A. Frommer
Vice President and Associate Dean
CUMC Part of the Rally for Medical Research Hill Day Which Brings Together 300 Advocates to Urge Congress to Increase the Investment in the NIH
“Ross Frommer, Consuelo McLaughlin, and Ethan Edwin meet outside Senator Schumer’s office before going in to discuss NIH funding with his staff.”
On Thursday, September 18th, more than three hundred organizations reunited under the banner of the “Rally for Medical Research” to urge Congress to increase our nation’s investment in medical research and specifically, increase funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Columbia University Medical Center is a partner and sponsor of the Rally.
Approximately three hundred advocates, including Ethan Edwin, Ross Frommer and Consuelo McLaughlin from CUMC, representing thirty three states and all areas of the medical research community —researchers, patients, survivors, advocates, health care providers, and representatives from industry--held more than two hundred meetings with House and Senate offices, many with the Members of Congress themselves, and called for a stronger investment in medical research. The Rally events were kicked off by a reception the evening before, during which attendees heard from Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), NIH Director Francis Collins, actress Laura Bell Bundy and Miss USA Nia Sanchez, to name a few. The morning of the Hill Day, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) rallied advocates with an inspiring speech.
The efforts of the partnering organizations to inform and encourage their respective members to get involved in the “Rally Hill Day” was extraordinary, and the events in Washington were complemented by a nationwide Day of Action to amplify the overall message. Some organizations scheduled congressional briefings around the Rally Hill Day and folks across the country sent emails and made phone calls to their legislators, as well as engaged through social media.
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