Stop by ARR Booth to Support NIH Imaging Research

Attendees can help preserve the future of National Institutes of Health (NIH) research by visiting the Academy of Radiology Research (ARR) booth throughout RSNA 2014 to send critical emails to members of Congress.

NIH has long supported the basic science foundations of imaging science, including the physics, chemistry and engineering advances that have unlocked the power of imaging diagnostics. Over the past decade, translational imaging has built upon these efforts to deliver meaningful clinical solutions that are saving lives and improving healthcare. However, Congressional budget cuts to NIH threaten the institutes' record of scientific progress and innovation—in radiology and in all other areas of medicine.

"The NIH is the world's premier medical research institution, but its record of scientific progress and innovation is currently threatened by unprecedented funding cuts," said Renee Cruea, M.P.A., executive director of ARR, which serves as the imaging community's voice in Washington. "At RSNA 2014, imaging scientists can help reverse this deeply troubling trend."

Emails from constituents are an important part of the ARR's virtual grassroots advocacy campaign to support medical research as Congress debates a plan to end sequestration. "Attendees can simply scan their badge and our system will determine their representatives in Congress and send a letter to each of their three legislators here in Washington," Cruea said. "A large number of letters from RSNA attendees would have a large impact on Capitol Hill."

Attendees are invited to stop by ARR booth and scan their badge, or use a laptop, iPad or their own mobile device to email members of Congress in support of NIH imaging research. Attendees can also contact Congress via the Academy's grassroots advocacy website, action.imagingcoalition.org.

The ARR booth is located in McCormick Place's Grand Concourse, near the Starbucks and help desk.

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