This presentation will highlight innovations and achievements made possible from past federal investments in basic research; such as the internet, cell phones, vaccines, and mapping the human genome. Today, Congress seems less interested in past accomplishments as they assume new priorities to balance the budget, reduce government, and free the private sector to assume long-standing government responsibilities for innovation and discovery. How did Congress make spending decisions to permit federal R&D spending to be flat for over a decade? Why isn’t the public concerned about declining investments for medical research? Discover practical steps for making a winning case for federal funding for medical and biological research. Learn how engineers can successfully discuss their research with a Member of Congress. Find out how to brand your research and
the cure it supports in providing the pixie dust for returning the spark for America’s passion for research.


Milan Yager
Executive Director
American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering