AAI Public Affairs

The AAI public affairs program advocates on behalf of AAI members by identifying critically important issues in immunology and biomedical research, providing recommendations to relevant federal officials [including those at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)], and urging Congress and the Administration to increase funding for NIH and other key agencies/programs.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS NEWS
  • House and Senate Committees Advance FY 2019 Spending Bills with NIH Funding Increases
    The Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee (Labor-HHS) recently approved a Labor-HHS appropriations bill that includes a $2 billion...
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  • AAI Cosponsors Life Sciences Fair on Capitol Hill
    On July 18, AAI cosponsored, and participated in, the inaugural Celebrate Life Sciences Fair and reception on Capitol Hill. The event, which was hosted by The Coalition for the Life Sciences...
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  • Dr. Flynn’s Message to Membership Regarding Trump Administration Travel Ban
    AAI President JoAnne L. Flynn, Ph.D., recently issued a statement to the AAI membership regarding the Trump Administration policy that largely prohibits foreign nationals from seven countries from traveling to the U.S. In the statement, Flynn reaffirms the AAI belief “that all scientists of good will who are working to advance the field and benefit humankind should be permitted to travel freely, share ideas, and collaborate.”
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  • NIH ACD Working Group Releases Interim Recommendations on Next Generation Researchers Initiative
    During the June meeting of the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD), the ACD Working Group on the NGRI presented its interim report. The Working Group, which is charged with providing...
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  • AAI Submits Comments to NIH on Reducing Regulatory Burden in Animal Research
    AAI recently submitted comments in response to a Request for Information (RFI) by NIH entitled “Animal Care and Use in Research” (Notice NOT-OD-18-152). The RFI was issued because...
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  • National Academies Report Finds Sexual Harassment “Common” in Science; NIH Discusses Own Policies at ACD Meeting
    A new report from The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) has found sexual harassment of women to be “common” in science, engineering, and medicine....
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AAI Public Affairs Activities

AAI Launches the 2018-19 AAI Public Policy Fellows Program

AAI is proud to welcome the eighth group of early career scientists to participate in the AAI Public Policy Fellows Program (PPFP). The PPFP engages participants in public policy activities that impact biomedical research. The program culminates in a visit to Capitol Hill next spring, during which the Fellows visit their Congressional delegations and those of the other Fellows.

AAI Submits Congressional Testimony on FY 2019 NIH Appropriations

AAI recently submitted testimony to the House and Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) Appropriations Subcommittees, recommending an appropriation of at least $39.3 billion for NIH for fiscal year 2019. The testimony was submitted on behalf of AAI by AAI Committee on Public Affairs Chair Beth A. Garvy, Ph.D.

CPA Chair Garvy Issues Statement on Influenza

Statement of AAI Committee on Public Affairs (CPA) Chair Beth Garvy, Ph.D., regarding the threat of influenza, the importance of receiving an annual flu vaccine, and the need to invest in research to develop a universal flu vaccine.

AAI Strongly Opposes President Trump’s FY 2019 Budget Proposal for NIH

AAI Committee on Public Affairs Chair Beth Garvy issued a statement on behalf of AAI on February 12 expressing deep concern about President Trump’s budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2019. The President’s initial budget proposal would have cut the NIH budget by more than 27 percent, but following passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act, the Trump Administration decided to revise its proposal through an Addendum which calls for a small budget increase for NIH in FY 2019.

89 AAI Members Visit Congress to Advocate for Biomedical Research

Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI, 6th; pictured right) with AAI members Thomas Rothstein and Nichol Holodick
In conjunction with IMMUNOLOGY 2017™, AAI held its largest-ever Capitol Hill Day on May 16. Eighty-nine AAI members from 21 states met with Members of Congress or staff from 85 Congressional offices.

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