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AAI Announces 2017-18 Public Policy Fellows

AAI launched the seventh year of its Public Policy Fellows Program (PPFP) on May 1, which engages early career scientists in public policy activities that impact biomedical research.  The Fellows will have the opportunity to visit Capitol Hill and to delve more deeply into key issues that impact science through the AAI public affairs program.

2017-18 Fellows   |    PPFP Program Description

AAI Issues Statement Strongly Opposing Damaging NIH Cut Proposed in Trump Budget

AAI issued a statement expressing deep disappointment in the proposed 20% cut to the NIH budget included in President Donald Trump’s “skinny budget,” a preliminary document that outlines some of Trump’s budget priorities for fiscal year (FY) 2018. The statement was issued by AAI Committee on Public Affairs Chair Beth A. Garvy, Ph.D., who warns that “[s]uch a cut would be unprecedented and would cause irreparable damage to, and chaos within, both NIH and the nation’s extraordinary and successful biomedical research enterprise.” Garvy also highlights the strong bipartisan support for NIH in Congress which led to a $2 billion budget increase for NIH in FY 2016, enabled the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act that authorized $4.8 billion in new funding for NIH over the next 10 years, and caused important Congressional leaders - on both sides of the aisle - to speak out against this dangerous proposed cut.

Read the full statement here.

AAI Submits Congressional Testimony on FY 2018 NIH Appropriations

AAI recently submitted testimony to the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) Appropriations Subcommittee, recommending an appropriation of at least $35 billion for NIH for fiscal year 2018, in addition to any funding provided to support the 21st Century Cures Act. The testimony was submitted on behalf of AAI by AAI Committee on Public Affairs Chair Beth A. Garvy, Ph.D.

AAI submitted similar testimony to the House Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee in March, prior to the release of President Trump’s full budget request for FY 2018.

Senate Testimony   |   House Testimony

AAI Public Affairs

The AAI Public Affairs program advocates for our members by working with Congress, the Administration, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to address critically important issues in immunology and the biomedical research field.

Committee on Public Affairs

Who we are:

The Committee on Public Affairs (CPA) is a nine-member body, established to stay informed of current public policy issues important to AAI members, develop AAI positions, and to set and achieve public policy goals. The CPA leads all public policy efforts of AAI and interacts with relevant government officials and other professional organizations/societies, always advocating for the best interests of science and working to improve the professional lives of immunologists.

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