Advocacy 2017-04-26T20:05:09+00:00


April, 2017
Advocate to Preserve NIH Funding!

Congress is currently out on a 2 week recess. When they return, they have one chance to pass the FY2017 spending bills and avoid government shutdown. In 2016 Congress almost unanimously supported an increase to NIH funding with the 21st Century Cures bill. We risk losing that funding in the upcoming budget negotiations. Learn more.

Write your representative and ask them to pass a spending bill that funds the NIH at the 2017 level previously agreed upon using this form.

For maximum benefit, include a link to this one page printable flyer which communicates the importance and value of orthopaedic research.

2017 Advocacy Committee

Chelsea Bahney, PhD, Chair

Jarrett Cain, DPM, MSc, FACFAS
Ben Freedman, PhD
Joyce Keyak, PhD
Karin Payne, PhD
Yi-Xian Qin, PhD
Irving Shapiro, PhD
Staff Liaison: Amber Blake

Advocacy is defined as any action that supports or argues for a cause, bringing increased awareness of an issue to the attention of others including the public, organizations, and law makers (local and national).

You can get involved in advocacy efforts by using these tools:

Advocacy Tool Box

Pioneers of Innovation

Pioneers of Innovation is a program that recognizes scientists whose sustained research in biological, engineering, or clinical sciences have translated into novel therapies and improved patient care. Scientists in the Pioneers of Innovation program are examples for our advocacy efforts that highlight the importance of musculoskeletal research and the need for increased research funding.

Pioneers of Innovation

Impact of Orthopaedic Research

NIH-funded research reaches every American for less than $100 in taxes per person. 91% of Americans support medical research, and 78% indicate supporting medical discoveries should be a priority of Congress. This one page printable flyer communicates the importance and value of orthopaedic research.

Impact of Orthopaedic Research

Use this website to reach out to your member of congress and encourage them to support sustainable funding for otheropaedic Research:

Locate Members of Congress

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ Research Capitol Hill Days, an annual event promoting federal funding for musculoskeletal research, gives physicians, researchers, and patients the opportunity to meet with targeted Senators and Representatives to personally advocate for the future of musculoskeletal care, and specifically, increased research funding for the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

In 2017, ORS representatives Chelsea Bahney, Irving Shapiro and Yi-Xian Qin traveled to Washington, DC to meet with representatives and highlight the importance of sustained funding for orthopaadic research funding.

Learn more about Research Capitol Hill Days.

Pictured: (at left) Chelsea Bahney, PhD, Chair of the ORS Advocacy Committee attends Research Capitol Hill Days.

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