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September 23, 2021

Endocrine Society Advocates for NIH Funding & Rallies for Endocrine Research; Join Our Campaign

As the clock ticks down to the September 30 deadline when federal appropriations bills must be finalized and passed or the federal government has to shut down, the Endocrine Society pulled out all the stops this week to urge Congress to pass a final appropriations bill with an increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  We joined the broad research community for the Rally for Medical Research Virtual Hill Day; we launched an online advocacy campaign (see below); and we implemented an “I Rally For…” social media campaign, which even Endocrine Society staff got in on the action!

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Taking action in this campaign will only take a minute of your time, but it will have a significant impact. All Members of Congress need to hear from their constituents that NIH is a top priority. This online advocacy campaign is the easiest, quickest, and most effective way our members can have impact and, the more Endocrine Society members who participate, the greater impact we will have. Please take action today!

New Research Agency (ARPA-H) Gains Momentum in Congress

This week, Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Chairwoman of the Health Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce (E&C) Committee, released draft legislative text to establish the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H).  Creation of this agency will likely be included in the large reconciliation package under consideration currently in the House of Representatives and the draft is intended to stimulate discussion on the goals and objectives of the new agency. Importantly, the draft creates a structure where the Director of ARPA-H would report directly to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, establishing some independence from NIH. The draft bill also includes details on how ARPA-H should partner with stakeholders, and considerations that should be made when hiring program managers, including particular attention to individuals from diverse backgrounds. The Endocrine Society has submitted detailed comments and information to Congress[see our statements here and here and the NIH regarding the establishment of ARPA-H, and we will continue to monitor developments and reinforce our priorities as ARPA-H takes shape.

European Commission Continues to Examine How to Regulate Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals   

This week the European Commission conducted a third annual forum on endocrine disruptors. The agenda featured presentations from European and global regulatory and policy experts, as well as scientific presentations. Scientific experts presented updates on large EU projects, and regulators described how their policies may need to change as a result of legislative proposals being considered by the EU. Commission representatives described how new legislation considered as part of the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability would address EDC exposures and encouraged participants to participate in ongoing and upcoming public consultations to help guide new legislative activity. The Endocrine Society is currently preparing responses to public consultations on the regulation on Classification, labeling and packaging (CLP) as well as the revision of the regulation on registration, evaluation and authorization of chemicals (REACH) to include standard information requirements for endocrine disruption.

Join the Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health Campaign on Actions Needed to Protect Human Health from the Harmful Effects of Climate Change

The Endocrine Society is a member of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health and recently joined an effort to urge Congress to take action to protect the health of Americans from the harmful effects of climate change. The Consortium is encouraging its member organizations’ members to join its online advocacy campaign to amplify the health community’s message that investment is needed to protect and promote health in response to the climate crises as the Congress deliberates its reconciliation package. To participate, please visit the campaign.

Latest Policy Communications

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  • OCAN Letter to House of Representatives – OCAN (Obesity Care Advocacy Network) sent a letter to leaders in the House of Representative urging them to pass the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act as soon as possible.
  • OCAN Letter to Senate OCAN (Obesity Care Advocacy Network) sent a letter to leaders in the Senate urging them to pass the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act as soon as possible.
  • OCAN Letter to the AdministrationOCAN (Obesity Care Advocacy Network) sent a letter to the Biden Administration asking them to change the outdated Medicare rules, which would provide access to lifesaving obesity medication and intensive behavioral therapy for the many seniors living with obesity.
  • Endocrine Society Response to RFI: Women's Health Consensus Conference - The Endocrine Society responded to an RFI on the Women's Health Consensus Conference by urging the conference to consider how gaps in our understanding of endocrine science and hormonal signaling contribute to the issues under discussion at the conference.
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We rely on your voice to advocate for our policy priorities. Join us to show our strength as a community that cares about endocrinology. Contact your U.S representatives or European Members of Parliament through our online platform. Take action and make a difference today.

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The Best of Endocrine Society Journals 2020

Explore a collection of top articles published in the Endocrine Society journals in 2020, selected on the basis of citations, downloads, and Altmetric score.

Explore a collection of top articles published in the Endocrine Society journals in 2020, selected on the basis of citations, downloads, and Altmetric score.

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