BiomediGirls firmly believes that in order to achieve greater equity and access in the biomedical research field, there needs to be greater engagement of scientists in public policy. Especially in today's political climate, it is our responsibility as scientists to ensure that legislationis passed based on scientific fact and knowledge. Voicing our opinions to policy makers and other influential leaders is the only way that our cause will be heard and transformed into legislative action. Student advocacy is critical in furthering our movement; learn here how you can become a student advocate.
What We Advocate For
Increased Federal Funding for Biomedical Research
While Congress in 2016 through 2019 implemented $2 billion boosts for NIH, funding levels over the previous decade failed to keep up with the rising costs of medical research. Despite recent increases in funding through the federal appropriations process and 21st Century Cures legislation, NIH continues to have significantly less purchasing power than it did more than adecade ago. This lack of funding has resulted in a lower grant application success rate--which means that promising science goes unexplored.
Making Biotechnology and Educational Services More Accessible in Low-Income Areas
While there are many programs that expose students to coding and robotics, there are very few that expose students to applied technologies in biological systems. In order to generate greater interest in the biomedical sciences, there must be a deliberate effort to expose high school students to the principle concepts and techniques behind biomedical research. Therefore, funding must be allocated, especially in low-income areas, to incorporate biotechnology education so that all students have the opportunity to explore this emerging field of innovation.
Ending Discrimination Against Women in Scientific Research
Biomedical programs and research labs in particular have long been cited as breeding grounds for toxic gender discrimination and harassment. When lab supervisors have all the power to grant vacation days, choose which projects get funding, and decide which projects will be published, they can single-handedly make or break a young scientists career. This power dynamic creates a pathway for potential abuse and retaliation to go unchecked. We need to dismantle the power structure and shift the culture of this field
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How to be an Effective Advocate
Research!America has provided comprehensive presentations to help new advocates learn how to effectively lobby for scientific research support.