Magness, Jalazo Rally for Research on Capitol Hill

Scott Magness, PhD, and Liz Jalazo, MD, were part of a large contingent of researchers from across the country who met with Congressional leaders to stress the importance of biomedical research and continued funding.

Magness, Jalazo Rally for Research on Capitol Hill click to enlarge Scott Magness, PhD, Liz Jalazo, MD

September 30, 2019

Two UNC School of Medicine researchers headed to Capitol Hill this week to take part in the Rally for Medical Research September 19 to bring awareness to the need for more federally-funded medical research. They were among hundreds of researchers from around the country who met with various Congressional leaders to urge them to ensure that funding for the National Institutes of Health is a national priority and to support continued investment in medical research.

Scott Magness, PhD, associate professor of biomedical engineering and cell biology and physiology, and Liz Jalazo, MD, a pediatrics fellow, met with Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, and Representative David Price, as well as other Congressional leaders from around the nation.

Magness, who is a member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UNC Center for Gastrointestinal Biology and Disease, focuses in research on the basic biology of intestinal stem cells, the genes that control their behavior, and translational approaches to stem cell based therapies for human disease and injury of the intestine.

Jalazo, who is also the director of clinical integration at the Angelman Syndrome Foundation, was an undergraduate at UNC-Chapel Hill before attending medical school at Wake Forest University and completing her residency as chief at Johns Hopkins.

The Rally for Research was established in 2013 and held every September since on Capitol Hill to inform policymakers about their own work and the research of colleagues working to create better treatments for disease, as well as developing new knowledge to help us prevent disease. On Capitol Hill, the researchers stress the importance of continued investment in medical research that helps save and improve lives.

The Office of Research in the UNC School of Medicine sponsored this trip.