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Government Affairs & Science Policy

ASPET's government affairs staff advances the interests of ASPET's members to elected officials and staff, relevant federal agencies, our coalition partners, and the larger biomedical sciences community. Our policy development comes from the recommendations of our Science Policy Committee, and reflects the issues of importance in the fields of pharmacology and experimental therapeutics.

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Capitol Hill Report

Coming Soon: Read the Society’s semi-weekly update on legislation and policy that impacts pharmacology.

ASPET's Impact

ASPET's advocacy efforts are shaping the science policy conversation on Capitol Hill and beyond. Recent examples include:

  • ASPET opposes the placement of constituents of the kratom tree into Schedule 1 because it will inhibit research. Read ASPET’s letter to the Drug Enforcement Administration. A copy of the letter was sent to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
  • The Maryland legislature, with the support of ASPET and several in-state academic institutions, passed a bill directing research institutions to facilitate the adoption of dogs and cats once they are no longer needed for research. Read our letter and testimony.
  • ASPET provided its expert opinion to the House Committee on Energy & Commerce at the “Combating the Opioid Crisis: Helping Communities Balance Enforcement and Patient Safety” hearing. ASPET member Dr. Patrick Beardsley testified to the challenges faced by researchers who need access to scheduled drugs to conduct research with the potential to combat the opioid crisis. Read Dr. Beardsley’s testimony, and the statements for the record of Dr. Charles France and Dr. Catherine Davis-Takacs.

Become a Science Policy Advocate

ASPET provides many ways for members to get involved in science policy advocacy. Please visit our Toolkit section for more information, or contact Tyler Lamb in our government affairs office at tlamb@aspet.org or (301) 634-7065.

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Washington Fellows Program

The Washington Fellows Program enables developing and early career scientists interested in science policy to learn about and become more engaged in public policy issues.

Meet the 2019 Washington Fellows class

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Last Updated: January 11, 2019

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