Science Advocacy Committee Oregon Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience.
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Science Advocacy Committee
Oregon Chapter of the
Society for Neuroscience
People Value Science
People Don’t Understand Science
Americans believe they should know more.
Role of Government in the Role of Science in Society
Federal agencies for promoting scientific research and science-based policies:
Environmental Protection Agency
Food & Drug Administration
Dr. Donald Kennedy, past-President of Stanford, Editor-in-Chief of Science
Federal Advisory Committee Act
Advisory committees are to be “fairly balanced in terms of the points of view represented” and advice should “not be inappropriately influenced by the appointing authority or by any special interest.”
Prohibits use of federal funds to ask candidates for appointment to scientific advisory committees to disclose their voting history, political affiliation, or opinions on unrelated political topics.
Restore Scientific Integrity to Federal Research & Policy Making Act (HR 839) 2/16/05
Increased from 1.4-2.4% of budget in 2 years – Road Map Initiatives
Large decrease in non-competing grants
Modest increase in competing grants (+ applications from people with terminating grants in 2007)
Net decrease of 642 grants
Biomedical inflation rate = 3.7%/year
NIMH will pay up to the 10th percentile & half of grants between 11th and 20th percentile
“To keep America competitive, one commitment is necessary above all: We must continue to lead the world in human talent and creativity… Tonight I announce an American Competitiveness Initiative, to encourage innovation throughout our economy, and to give our nation's children a firm grounding in math and science…I propose to double the federal commitment to the most critical basic research programs in the physical sciences over the next 10 years.”
American Competitiveness Initiative from White House – calls for 7.8% increase in FY2007 for NSF & 14% increase for DOE
AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program:
Overall federal investment in research and development (R&D) would increase to $137 billion in FY 2007 (1.9 % above this year’s funding level; 2.2 % needed to keep pace with projected inflation).
NIH budget would be flat for the second year in a row—with spending power losing ground to inflation—and would fund less than 1 out of every 5 grant applications.
On Monday, February 7th, President Bush submitted to Congress his budget recommendations for the Fiscal Year 2007 (FY 07). In it, he proposes to fund NIH at $28.587 billion, the same funding level as the FY 06 budget. The new budget continues to erode the gains made from the doubling period (1998-2003).
Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA)
March 17 2006 – passed in Senate (73-27) – to increase NIH funding by $7 billion (Smith & Wyden voted in favor)
Will it pass in the House? Call your rep!
Acknowledges the importance of neuroscience research and Brain Awareness Week (3/17/06)
Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-RI)
After doubling the NIH budget, did we get what we paid for? Let’s not step backwards.
See Brain Research Success Stories (www.sfn.org)
Scientists have authority
Their work has the potential to positively affect public health
The authority of science may be abused for ideological purposes
Scientists should participate in presenting their knowledge
In this fiscally-competitive environment, we must speak up for neuroscience research
Bobby Heagerty, Paul Cordo, Anthony Oliva, Samantha Chirillo, Rebecca Hammond, Judy Cameron, Lillian Pubols, Jim Newman, Bryan Boehringer, Christa Helms, Ted Benice, Helen Kamens, Tina Gremel, Philippa Bayley, Skyla Herod, Elinor Sullivan, Shane Durrant, Mike Kaplan, Ethan Beckley, James Brady, Lauren Milner, Larry Sherman, Lee Robertson, David Morton, Alex Stevens, Trish Pruis, Kyle Ambert, Ellen Walker, Kristin McCarthy, Matthew McGinley, Adam Miller, Kim Cronise, Raphael Pinaud
Informlegislators and other policy makers about new scientific knowledge and recent developments in neuroscience research and their implications for public policy, societal benefit and continued scientific progress.
EducateOregon neuroscientists about the value, relevance, and techniques involved in communicating with elected officials.
Collaboratewith other Oregon organizations, universities, colleges, institutes, and companies to provide a unified and effective voice for promoting neuroscience.
Demonstratethe benefit of neuroscience research to the public through science outreach activities, communication strategies, and other educational opportunities to engage and mobilize their support.
Capitol Hill Advocacy
Christa Helms, Bobby Heagerty, Helen Kamens, Ethan Beckley, Philippa Bayley, Ted Benice, Tina Gremel, Alex Stevens, Lee Robertson, Elinor Sullivan, Brenda McKee, David Morton, James Brady, Lauren Milner
Capitol Hill Day
April 26, June 7, July 26 and September 13
The Capitol Hill Day program seeks to strengthen the communication between scientists and their Representatives in Congress. Participants will also attend a briefing of the Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus. (travel awards!)
Join the Science Advocacy Committee
JSCPP Capitol Hill Day
Call your representative
SfN OR Chapter - Salishan
Samantha Chirillo, Rebecca Hammond, Bobby Heagerty,
Paul Cordo, Anthony Oliva
Public Advocacy Panel
Neuroscience Town Hall
Bobby Heagerty, Anthony Oliva, Christa Helms
Neuroscience Town Hall
Bobby Heagerty, Samantha Chirillo
Stem Cells – Oregon Stem Cell Center
Photo by Anne Ryback
Neuroscience Town Hall
Bobby Heagerty, Christa Helms, Trish Pruis
From Bench to Bedside
“First Steps to Translating Your Research”
Judy Cameron – Vollum (2004)
Christa Helms, Rebecca Hammond, Bobby Heagerty, Skyla Herod, Judy Cameron, Jim Newman
Primate Center Advocacy Presentation (2005)
Bobby Heagerty, Ted Benice, Tina Gremel, Skyla Herod, Christa Helms
Neuroscience Graduate Program Advocacy Presentation – Seaside (2005)
Helen Kamens, Philippa Bayley
Pro-active – animal research
Poll Shows Majority of Americans Support Animal Research
Increase in number and severity of attacks by eco and animal extremists in the last 25 years (2.2.06)
11 indicted on charges including arson, allegedly participating in a campaign of domestic terrorism in five Western states for Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front