We each have the right, indeed the obligation, to speak up as private citizens for what we believe should be of high priority for our government. An example is advocating for biomedical research grants. It is important to point out that advocating to government should be done as a private citizen. Any advocacy done as a governmental employee or in the name of an institution – in my case the University of Iowa – should be done in coordination with the institution as a whole.
Recently, I had an opinion piece published in “Oncology Times” that describes my personal perspective on the importance of having researchers and clinicians advocate for biomedical research. In other words, I was advocating for advocating. Instead of writing a new blog this week, I am providing a link to this article entitled “Advocating for Biomedical Research – Debunking the Top 5 Excuses for Not Getting Involved” which can be found at http://journals.lww.com/oncology-times/Fulltext/2014/05100/VOICES__Advocating_for_Biomedical.24.aspx .