There is a challenge that faces the entire scientific community. From the farmland of Northern Wisconsin to the business district of San Francisco, a blanket covering the untapped potential for medical research advocacy needs to be removed. The opportunity to strengthen the call for doubling the United States' commitment to medical research looms larger than ever. It is time for the scientific community to elevate its advocacy, with a unified voice, to a volume not yet heard by local, state, and national media and elected officials.

Research!America recently launched the 435 Project, a name chosen as a reminder that citizens in every congressional district have a voice. At the project's focal point is a commitment to helping stakeholders in medical research work together to take advocacy to a much higher level. The approach is to diagnose the current stage of activity in a community and develop site-specific resources and strategies...

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