On Wednesday, April 19th, over 200 established and young investigators from across the country participated in Translational Science 2017’s Capitol Hill Advocacy Day. Volunteers received comprehensive advocacy training and a review of contemporary legislative and policy issues before traveling to Capitol Hill and visiting with the offices of their Senators and Representatives. In total, advocates representing 32 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia met with the staff of 52 Senators and 12 key members of the House of Representatives.
Advocates educated members of Congress about the value and importance of the full spectrum of medical research. They also used their personal stories to discuss how federal resources for clinical and translational science, make an impact in local communities, advance health and patient care, and bolster the training and career development pipeline.