We offer many valuable tools for your advocacy needs — a comprehensive guide on how to communicate with US legislators, access to an online legislative software program to make writing letters to Members of Congress easy and efficient, and a variety of white papers, sign-on letters, legislative updates, and educational materials. The ABC’s Advocacy Committee regularly reviews issues and ideas submitted by our members. ABC also retains the services of an experienced Washington, DC-based government relations firm that tracks Washington policy issues and lobbies on behalf of the ABC membership.
Capitol Hill Toolkit
We are excited to offer our ABC members the advocacy tools you need to ensure a successful meeting with your member of Congress or legislative staff. Members of Congress and their staff want to understand the impacts of issues that are important to their constituents. This toolkit will help give guidance on how to conduct a visit and tips for success during and after the meeting, including pertinent information to enhance the content of your message. We have also included a section on Effective Advocacy Outside of Washington, DC. We hope this Toolkit will make advocacy for brain research and healthcare for our members as easy as possible.
Advocacy White Paper
ABC is proud to announce its creation of a White Paper that our members can use both as a handout to Members of Congress and to educate themselves about ABC’s stances on certain issues. The White Paper succinctly lays out the issues at hand and what ABC hopes Congress will do to address the problem. ABC’s key issues are addressed: health research funding, chronic care, stem cell research, and the ethical use of animals in research. We believe that the White Paper is reader-friendly and can be used as an advocacy tool. If you have any questions, please contact us.
The ABC’s policy issues include:
- Increased funding for biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- Improving health care for chronic conditions particular to the brain
- Eliminate restrictions on federally funded stem cell research
- Supporting the ethical use of animals in research
A genetic disorder of the nervous system, neurofibromatosis causes tumors to form on nerves throughout the body, including a type of tumor called an optic nerve glioma that can result in childhood blindness. The image was used to demonstrate the unique imaging capabilities of
one of our newest (at the time) laser scanning microscopes and is of a wildtype (normal) mouse
retina in the optic fiber layer. This layer is responsible for relaying information from the retina to
the brain and was fluorescently stained to reveal the distribution of glial cells (green), DNA and
RNA in the cell bodies of the retinal ganglion neurons (orange) and their optic nerve fibers (red),
and actin in endothelial cells surrounding a prominent branching blood vessel (blue). By studying the microscopic structure of normal and diseased retina and optic nerves, we hope to better understand the altered biology of the tissues in these tumors with the prospects of developing therapeutic interventions. Credit: National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)