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July 12, 2011--
The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has released a position statement calling for passage of federal legislation to establish a uniform regulatory landscape for the derivation and use of human embryonic stem cells.  Read the position statement.       


Capitol HillJan. 21, 2011 -- 
ASBMB is providing a unique, all-expenses paid opportunity for students to get involved in science advocacy!  We are hosting our annual Student Hill Day on Tuesday March 15, 2011. Selected participants will arrive in Washington D.C. on Monday March 14 for a reception and evening training session, before converging on Capitol Hill the next day.

Exclaimation PointJan. 21, 2011 -- ASBMB's Science Policy Fellowship offers recently graduated Ph.D.s exposure to a range of activities related to science policy and congressional and government relations by working in the public affairs office at ASBMB’s headquarters just outside of Washington, D.C.  The deadline for this year's applications is March 18.  For more information, please visit the ASBMB Science Policy Fellowship page. 




 ASBMB writes to Congress about 2011 NIH * NSF Budgets

Letters-iconAs appropriations bills for FY11 are finalized, ASBMB has joined with other scientific societies in co-signing letters to Congressional leaders that promote increased budgets for both the NIH and NSF. Letters posted below to each of the listed organizations:

Coalition for National Science Funding, House of Representatives
Coalition for National Science Funding, Senate
Ad-Hoc Group for Medical Research 
Coalition for Health Funding

ASBMB expresses supreme disappointment in stem cell ruling

CapitolSept. 2, 2010 -- The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology released a statement expressing its supreme disappointment with the decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to grant a preliminary injunction that will effectively put a halt to research on human embryonic stem cells in this country. More... 

Stem cell ruling “a setback” for biomedical research, says ASBMB president

NIHBethesda, MD – On Aug. 24, Suzanne Pfeffer, President of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, expressed her extreme disappointment with the District of Columbia Federal District Court’s injunction preventing federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research.

"Judge Lamberth’s decision is a huge setback to biomedical research.  As researchers begin to explore the full potential of embryonic stem cells, this injunction threatens scientific discovery vital to the search for new understanding and therapies for many diseases.  ASBMB supports responsible human embryonic stem cell research that will contribute to the discovery of new treatments for disease."

Find out more about the court’s ruling on ASBMB’s Policy Blotter.

ASBMB writes to Congress about 2011 NIH budget 

Letters-iconOn May 12, ASBMB wrote members of the U.S. House and Senate appropriations committees in support of a robust budget increase for the NIH.  Highlighting the importance of NIH funding for advancing human health and supporting local economies, ASBMB's letter supports a $37 billion budget for the NIH in 2011.  Read the letter to learn more.

Now you can help emphasize this important message! Call, write or visit your member of Congress using ASBMB's Congressional visits guide.  It has all the tools you need to make your voice heard. 

Have questions?  Don't hesitate to contact Geoff Hunt ( or Benjamin Corb (

Representing you: ASBMB members on Capitol Hill 

/uploadedImages/Advocacy/WhiteHouse.jpgOn April 13 and 14, members of ASBMB's Public Affairs Advisory Committee visited with nearly 30 members of Congress and their staffs.  In each meeting, ASBMB members asked their representatives and senators to sustain the current biomedical research capacity by funding the NIH at $37 billion in 2011.  Read more about the meetings on the ASBMB Policy Blotter and in May's issue of ASBMB Today.

ASBMB Policy Blotter

policy blotter thumbnail ASBMB has a new blog dedicated to the ins and outs of science policy. The society's science policy fellow, Kyle Brown, writes weekly updates on ASBMB's policy initiatives, happenings on the hill and poses policy questions for ASBMB members to weigh in on. Join the conversation! 


ASBMB students and postdocs visit Capitol Hill

CapitolThis fall, students and postdocs from around the country  joined Public Affairs Advisory Committee members for ASBMB's student/postdoc Hill day.  Students and postdocs met with congressmen, senators and staff in 26 different offices including 10 whose congressman or senator is a part of the Labor-HHS appropriations subcommittee, the body who oversees the yearly NIH appropriation.

You can read more details about the visits as well as the student and postdoc participants in the November edition of ASBMB Today.

Update on Appropriations 


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