Moffitt Cancer Center Converges on Capitol Hill for Rally for Medical Research Hill Day

September 17, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. — Moffitt Cancer Center will be one of more than 300 organizations participating in today’s Rally for Medical Research Hill Day, uniting millions of Americans across the country to call on our nation’s policymakers to make life-saving medical research funding a national priority.

The Rally for Medical Research Hill Day includes a broad coalition of groups from the medical research advocacy community who come together annually to speak with one voice to Congress about the importance of increased funding to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The Rally for Medical Research was launched in April 2013 by the American Association for Cancer Research recognizing the importance for collaboration among the entire medical research community. Through the annual Hill Day, it continues to raise awareness about the critical need for an increased investment in the NIH to improve health, spur more progress, inspire more hope and save more lives.

Since 2004, the NIH budget has failed to keep up with the rate of biomedical inflation.  As a result, fewer competitive research grants have been awarded, slowing the pace of progress in America’s fight against cancer. Reduced funding also discourages early-career scientists to remain in the field, stifling our nation’s ability to sustain our global leadership with a strong research workforce. Moreover, NIH-funded research improves the health of this nation’s economy. NIH funding returns $2.21 in local economic growth for every $1 invested and supports more than 400,000 jobs across all 50 states. 

About Moffitt Cancer Center
Located in Tampa, Moffitt is one of only 45 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, its contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the top-ranked cancer hospital in Florida and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. With more than 4,600 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $1.9 billion. For more information, visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the Moffitt momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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