UNC Lineberger members go to Washington to highlight importance of research funding

Chad Ellis, PhD, Ben Major, PhD, and Anne-Marie Meyer, PhD, traveled to the U.S. Capitol to meet with members of the North Carolina congressional delegation and explain the impact of National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute funding on the lives and well-being of people in North Carolina and the country.

UNC Lineberger members go to Washington to highlight importance of research funding click to enlarge Chad Ellis, PhD, Ben Major, PhD, and Anne-Marie Meyer, PhD, met with members of with members of the North Carolina congressional delegation in Washington, D.C., May 12

Several UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center members were in Washington, D.C., Thursday, May 12, to speak with members of the North Carolina congressional delegation about how cancer research saves lives and transforms patient care.

Chad Ellis, PhD, Ben Major, PhD, and Anne-Marie Meyer, PhD, met with Sen. Richard Burr, Rep. Virginia Foxx and Rep. David Price as well as with Matt Flynn, a legislative aide to Sen. Thom Tillis, and Preston Bell, a legislative assistant to Rep. Richard Hudson.

“Biomedical research plays such a critical role in the lives and well-being of people in North Carolina and our country,” said Ellis. “While we are fortunate that the North Carolina delegation shares our perspective, it is important we demonstrate to Congress why National Institutes of Health funding, and specifically for the National Cancer Institute, is a wise investment in the health of our citizens and our economy.”

The meeting was part of Hill Day, an annual event organized by the American Association for Cancer Research, Association of American Cancer Institutes and the American Society of Clinical Oncology to communicate the need for increased funding for the NIH and the NCI.