Headache on the Hill 2009 – Invitation

Colleagues

We’re delighted to announce that the second Headache on the Hill (HOH) advocacy event will be held in Washington, DC on Monday, February 23rd and Tuesday, February 24th 2009. We hope that you can make this event.

The long-term goal of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy is to provide equitable NIH funding for research on headache disorders. You might ask, why bother going to Congress now, when the prospects for increased discretionary spending appear to be so dim? First of all, we intend to make specific programmatic requests of Congress during HOH that should have lasting benefits but that will require relatively modest short-term increases in NIH expenditures. Secondly, this spring is a unique advocacy opportunity: the “honeymoon” of a new Democratic President and a Democratic Congress promises action on a broad legislative agenda. Furthermore, a new NIH Director will be chosen next year and, even in the leanest of times, NIH initiates some new programs and adjusts its priorities. Finally, successful advocacy is often a slow iterative process requiring continuous engagement. We are building on the legislative progress that began with the first HOH in September 2007 and resulted in language in the recent US Senate Appropriations Committee Report strongly urging increased NIH attention to headache disorders. If we are to realize these necessary changes in NIH funding, we must continue to make our issue heard before Congress.

We truly hope that you will be able to be join us at HOH. Your participation can make a difference. Please apply and reserve your hotel room as soon as you can.

Thanks,
Bob Shapiro
Bill Young
Teri Robert
Brad Klein

Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy

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