MSCTI Program Co-Director Rallies for Medical Research at DC March
U.S. Representatives Illiana Ros-Lehtinen and Dr. Barry Hudson
Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the NIH
U.S. Representatives Daniel Webster (center)
Participants Rally for Medical Research at the Watergate Hotel
Barry I. Hudson, Ph.D., co-director of the CTSI’s Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Investigation (MSCTI) program and assistant professor of cell biology and medicine, attended the Rally for Medical Research held this fall in the District of Colombia.
The event included more than 300 national organizations coming together to call on policymakers to provide more funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and raise awareness about the importance of continued investment in medical research.
“I was fortunate to attend and represent the University of Miami research community,” said Dr. Hudson, whose participation in the rally was sponsored by the Susan G. Komen Foundation. “As a research grantee of the Susan G. Komen foundation, they encourage our engagement in advocacy for breast cancer research.”
In addition to participating in the rally, Dr. Hudson attended a reception on Capitol Hill and met with policymakers, including U.S. Representatives Illiana Ros-Lehtinen and Daniel Webster, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson and NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Hudson said the aim of the meetings was to urge all members of Congress to complete work on the FY2019 appropriations bill that covers the NIH budget, which included a Senate passed funding level of 39.1 billion (a $2 billion increase) for the NIH in FY 2019.
“As a scientist, we always talk about issues with the level of NIH funding, so this was an opportunity to do something about this,” said Dr. Hudson. “As an advocate for breast cancer survivors, this was a chance to personally tell our representatives the importance of funding scientific and healthcare research.”