Volunteer Leadership

Government and Public Affairs Committee

The Government and Public Affairs Committee guides and evaluates SfN advocacy activities and strategies that promote neuroscience research. Initiatives include educating policymakers about advances in research, their implications for public policy, their societal benefit, and continued scientific progress.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Recommend strategies to achieve increased funding for the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.
  • Build and deploy a grassroots network to engage SfN members in advocacy at both state and federal levels. Alert members to contact Congress on key legislative issues.
  • Develop SfN policy positions on stem cell research, evolution, and mental health parity, among other issues.
  • Visit members of Congress to advocate for biomedical research funding and other priority legislative issues.
  • Collaborate with other international societies and partners in Mexico and Canada to support advocacy initiatives.
  • Participate in a variety of health and science advocacy coalitions.
  • Collaborate with patients, professional groups, political leaders, corporate partners, and other interested parties to advocate for the value of robust science funding.
  • Provide training at the local level about advocating for science funding.

The Government and Public Affairs Committee is part of the Public Outreach Committee Cluster, which also includes the Committee on Animals in Research and the Public Education and Communication Committee.

Committee Charter

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Government and Public Affairs Committee

ChairpersonTerm Ends
William J Martin, PhD
Blackthorn Therapeutics
11/7/2018
Incoming Chairperson 
Moses V Chao, PhD, BA
New York University Langone Medical Center
11/7/2018
Members 
Alison L Barth, PhD
Carnegie Mellon U.
10/23/2019
Charlotte A Boettiger, PhD
University of North Carolina
11/7/2018
Elizabeth A Buffalo, PhD
University of Washington
10/28/2020
John H Byrne, PhD
McGovern Medical School of UTHSC at Houston
10/28/2020
Michael A Fox, PhD
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
11/7/2018
Peter W Kalivas, PhD
Med Univ S Carolina
11/7/2018
Laura Martin
University of Kansas Medical Center
10/28/2020
Lori L McMahon, PhD
UAB
10/28/2020
Douglas P Munoz, PhD
Queens University
10/23/2019
Roger L Redondo, MS, PhD
F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd
10/23/2019
Jose V Segovia-Vila, PhD
Cinvestav-IPN
10/28/2020
Hermes H Yeh, PhD
Dartmouth College Geisel School of Medicine
11/7/2018
Haung (Ho) Yu, PhD
Columbia Univ
11/7/2018
Liaisons 
Huda Akil, PhD
University of Michigan
11/15/2018
Moses V Chao, PhD, BA
New York University Langone Medical Center
11/7/2018
Helen S Mayberg, MD
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
10/23/2019

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