Friday, October 30, 2015

A visit to Congress for two emerging scientists

CONGRESSIONAL CHATS: Comander, above at right with Rep. Kennedy III, and Kim, below at right, with a congressional staffer.

On Oct. 7 and 8, Jason Comander, MD, PhD, and Leo Kim, MD, PhD, of the MGH and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, participated in the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) Emerging Vision Scientists Program. This initiative enables scientists to meet with members of Congress to discuss the importance of vision research in the continuing fight to prevent blindness. 

Comander met with Rep. Joe Kennedy III, and Kim met with a congressional staffer for Rep. Michael E. Capuano, and
both met with staff for Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey. In their discussions, they reaffirmed the importance of funding for National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Eye Institute.

“It was a special moment to meet Rep. Joe Kennedy,” says Comander. “In our conversation, he was thoughtful and practical, suggesting ways we could work together to achieve our common goal of robust, sustainable and predictable funding for the NIH. The congressional office was very welcoming to our ideas.”

This program also allowed them to make invaluable connections with AEVR staff and with other emerging scientists from across the country. 

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