Federal News Roundup
- U.S. Senate approves $2 billion increase for NIH for FY19.
- NIH grantees urged to ensure accurate reporting of foreign ties.
- NIH seeks public comments regarding behavioral and social clinical trials.
- Submit feedback to NIH regarding reporting for studies involving human participants.
Policymakers See Science-in-Action
U.S. policymakers joined SfN members from around the country to see science-in-action during August recess. Tours included Rep. John Culberson (R-TX-7), Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL-18), Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA-12), and Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX-14). Advocates highlighted how federal investment enables neuroscience discoveries. Learn how to host a policymaker in your lab by reviewing our best practice.
ECPA Empowers Scientists to Communicate Research
In her Neuronline feature, SfN member and Early Career Policy Ambassador, Jennifer Tribble, PhD candidate and president of the Science Policy Group at UCLA, encourages fellow scientists to communicate the value of research to policymakers and the public. Tribble recommends starting with why your research is so valuable as well as a personal story that connects you to your work.
Share the Value of Animal Research with Your Network
This Houston Chronicle op-ed discusses a Colorado State University scientist who is testing a groundbreaking vaccine that could prevent cancer in dogs. Researchers are optimistic that the vaccine will lead to treatments for cancer in humans. You can help to garner public support for responsible animal research by showcasing the benefits for both human and animal health.
Present Your Advocacy Achievements at Neuroscience 2018
Share your neuroscience advocacy ideas, projects, and successes at the 2018 Advocacy Reception in San Diego. The reception will feature posters from the 2018 class of Early Career Policy Ambassadors and neuroscience advocates from around the world. SfN leadership and advocacy partners will be available for questions. For more information and to indicate your interest, email firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, October 12.
Cast Your Vote Before Neuroscience 2018
Ensure your voice is heard in the U.S. election on Tuesday, November 6, by voting early or submitting an absentee ballot ahead of Neuroscience 2018. Visit vote.org to learn about your state’s requirements and deadlines. The Society for Neuroscience's annual meetings have been scheduled through 2035 with no further conflicts. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
SfN Advocacy Resources
- Contact your legislator about research funding via the Advocacy Action Center.
- Learn how to engage your members of Congress and persuasively advocate for science.
- Engage your lawmakers directly by calling them to schedule an in-person meeting or a lab tour.
- Get involved in global advocacy.
- Talk to the public about the importance of animal research.