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Lead Moderator

Lobbying frequently plays a crucial role in guiding funding by our representatives and governmental agencies. To what extent do physician-scientists need to assert themselves in the political arena, serving as advocates or lobbyists for research funding? At what level(s) should this advocacy take place (medical center administration, professional societies, local and national political parties, etc.)? Do you feel that local efforts, such as community outreach and interaction with the media regarding the importance of physician-scientists their discoveries can more broadly impact public perception of research?