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Investing in biomedical research is important.

El-Deiry WS - Cancer Biol. Ther. (2013)

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Affiliation: Department of Medicine; Division of Hematology/Oncology; Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute; Hershey, PA USA.

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On September 18, 2013, I participated in the Rally for Medical Research Hill Day where representatives of over 170 organizations, including my own institution, the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute, came to speak with our legislators about the current crisis in biomedical research... Our delegation included Dr Margaret Foti, CEO of the American Association for Cancer Research (Fig.  1), Barbara Duffy Stewart, Executive Director for the Association of American Cancer Institutes, a patient with metastatic breast cancer, an 8-year-old child who benefited from cell therapy at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Yair Argon, a Professor and Division Head at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Mariell Jessup, President of the American Heart Association and Professor of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania, and several graduate and combined degree students from the University of Pennsylvania... We explained that the sequester, with a 5%, $1.6 billion cut to the NIH budget in 2013, threatens the funding of 700 research grants as well as cuts in clinical trials... The young patient who is currently free of disease benefited from a clinical trial of cell therapy at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia... The sequester has also introduced more instability for dedicated researchers whose positions have been threatened or eliminated... Our patients deserve better and we have to be careful because some of the impact will be felt 5–10 years from now... Barbara Duffy Stewart made the case that when there were long lines at airports due to the sequester the problem was solved in a week... Surely we can do better for biomedical research... We were told that we should work within our communities to raise awareness at a grass roots effort to get the message back to congress where it counts, through the vote of the people... We believe the general public would be outraged to learn what damage has been ongoing and is very likely to continue as a result of funding shortages... Great progress is being made but without the support for NIH, the ability to continue to unravel the mysteries of cancer and to bring new treatments to patients will continue to erode... The advice to scientists and clinicians is that the crisis in biomedical research needs to be part of our national dialog, at our dinner table, at town hall meetings, in our newspapers and magazines... We as a community need to be very active and much more than ever because as we were told, congress needs to hear this message every day.

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Figure 2. Photo with Senator Bob Casey (center). To his immediate right are Margaret Foti, Mariell Jessup, and Barbara Duffy Stewart between two cancer survivors. To the Senator’s left are Charles Sawyers, Carlos Arteaga, Yair Argon, and students. Photo taken by Wafik El-Deiry.
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Figure 2: Figure 2. Photo with Senator Bob Casey (center). To his immediate right are Margaret Foti, Mariell Jessup, and Barbara Duffy Stewart between two cancer survivors. To the Senator’s left are Charles Sawyers, Carlos Arteaga, Yair Argon, and students. Photo taken by Wafik El-Deiry.

Mentions: For some of our visits we were joined by Charles Sawyers (Fig. 2), President of the AACR, Carlos Arteaga, President Elect of the AACR, and George Weiner, Director of the Cancer Center at the University of Iowa.


Investing in biomedical research is important.

El-Deiry WS - Cancer Biol. Ther. (2013)

Figure 2. Photo with Senator Bob Casey (center). To his immediate right are Margaret Foti, Mariell Jessup, and Barbara Duffy Stewart between two cancer survivors. To the Senator’s left are Charles Sawyers, Carlos Arteaga, Yair Argon, and students. Photo taken by Wafik El-Deiry.
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Figure 2: Figure 2. Photo with Senator Bob Casey (center). To his immediate right are Margaret Foti, Mariell Jessup, and Barbara Duffy Stewart between two cancer survivors. To the Senator’s left are Charles Sawyers, Carlos Arteaga, Yair Argon, and students. Photo taken by Wafik El-Deiry.
Mentions: For some of our visits we were joined by Charles Sawyers (Fig. 2), President of the AACR, Carlos Arteaga, President Elect of the AACR, and George Weiner, Director of the Cancer Center at the University of Iowa.

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Affiliation: Department of Medicine; Division of Hematology/Oncology; Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute; Hershey, PA USA.

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On September 18, 2013, I participated in the Rally for Medical Research Hill Day where representatives of over 170 organizations, including my own institution, the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute, came to speak with our legislators about the current crisis in biomedical research... Our delegation included Dr Margaret Foti, CEO of the American Association for Cancer Research (Fig.  1), Barbara Duffy Stewart, Executive Director for the Association of American Cancer Institutes, a patient with metastatic breast cancer, an 8-year-old child who benefited from cell therapy at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Yair Argon, a Professor and Division Head at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Mariell Jessup, President of the American Heart Association and Professor of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania, and several graduate and combined degree students from the University of Pennsylvania... We explained that the sequester, with a 5%, $1.6 billion cut to the NIH budget in 2013, threatens the funding of 700 research grants as well as cuts in clinical trials... The young patient who is currently free of disease benefited from a clinical trial of cell therapy at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia... The sequester has also introduced more instability for dedicated researchers whose positions have been threatened or eliminated... Our patients deserve better and we have to be careful because some of the impact will be felt 5–10 years from now... Barbara Duffy Stewart made the case that when there were long lines at airports due to the sequester the problem was solved in a week... Surely we can do better for biomedical research... We were told that we should work within our communities to raise awareness at a grass roots effort to get the message back to congress where it counts, through the vote of the people... We believe the general public would be outraged to learn what damage has been ongoing and is very likely to continue as a result of funding shortages... Great progress is being made but without the support for NIH, the ability to continue to unravel the mysteries of cancer and to bring new treatments to patients will continue to erode... The advice to scientists and clinicians is that the crisis in biomedical research needs to be part of our national dialog, at our dinner table, at town hall meetings, in our newspapers and magazines... We as a community need to be very active and much more than ever because as we were told, congress needs to hear this message every day.

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