Capitol Hill Day: Advocating for Neuroscience Research
Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) highlighted the importance of advocating for neuroscience research to the SfN members participating in the 10th Annual Capitol Hill Day on March 17. Groups of neuroscientists met with members of Congress throughout the day to tell them about advances in the field and made the case for strong national investment in scientific research. Congressman Blumenauer reminded everyone to think about the big picture —bringing awareness to Capitol Hill and encouraging the representatives to join the Neuroscience Caucus.
Congressman Blumenauer established the Congressional Neuroscience Caucus in 2010 to build awareness of the intrinsic role brain research plays in understanding ourselves and our society, to help communicate the progress and the benefits of brain research, and to help inform federal policy.
“Research and work being done in the field of neuroscience is the next frontier and needs to be front and center in Congress,” Blumenauer said. “Public engagement can change policy. That’s why it’s incredibly important lawmakers hear firsthand from neuroscientists, clinicians, advocates, and researchers about their work. It makes a difference.”
Congressman Blumenauer spoke about the need for further research in the neuroscience world. He noted that adequate funding of neuroscience research is the only way to stem the impact of growing epidemics like autism and Alzheimer's.
The congressman thanked Hill Day attendees for bringing neuroscience issues to the forefront. He also urged SfN members present to engage their local representatives at home as well. While the BRAIN Initiative is a great foundation to build upon, he reiterated that the need for more awareness is greater than ever.
Check out the hashtag #SfNHillDay to learn what SfN representatives were up to today on Capitol Hill.