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June 12, 2009

United for Medical Research will be holding its inaugural event on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.  on June 22, 2009.

The advocacy coalition will be hosting a panel discussion on the value of life sciences research conducted by the National Institutes of Health from 1 pm to 2 pm in Room 210 of the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill.

“NIH Research Driving the Life Sciences Century” will include representatives across scientific disciplines and biomedical advocacy communities, and will address the importance of steady increase of federal funding for the National Institutes of Health over the long term.

The panelists are expected to discuss the potential breakthroughs that can come because of a unique moment in the history of science.  The mapping of the human genome and advances in our understanding of the way life works have pushed us into a new phase of biological study.

Today, scientists know exactly where to look to find cures.  The discussion will address the importance of steady increases in federal funding to ensure we reap the full benefits of what could be “The Life Sciences Century.”

Event details follow.

“NIH Research Driving the Life Sciences Century”
Monday, June 22, 2009
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Cannon House Office Building – Room 210


Jeff Lieberman, moderator
Host of Discovery Channel’s Time Warp

J. Leonard Lichtenfeld, MD, MACP
Deputy Chief Medical Officer
American Cancer Society

Michelle McMurry MD, PhD
Health, Biomedical Science, and Society Policy Program Director
Aspen Institute

Kacy Redd, PhD
Research Associate, Science & Mathematics Education Policy
Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

David Valle, MD
Henry J. Knott Professor and Director
McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine