Rep. Mark Pocan announces bill to support research funding during Waisman Center visit

U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) visited the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison on September 3 to discuss the Next Generation Research Act and federal funding to support early career researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

During his visit, Pocan toured the Waisman Center with Interim Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education Marsha Mailick, PhD, and Interim Waisman Center Director Albee Messing, VMD, PhD.

Pocan met with early career researchers and graduate students from across campus to discuss NIH funding. Roundtable participants described their research area and the impact of NIH funding on their program.

“We were excited to welcome Representative Pocan to the Waisman Center. He is a strong advocate for federally funded research and we appreciate his efforts to increase funding for the next generation of scientists who will continue to make important contributions and innovations,” said Messing.

At the conclusion of the roundtable, Pocan answered questions from members of the media who were in attendance.

Roundtable participants included investigators Randolph Ashton, PhD; Qiang Chang, PhD; Sam Gubbels, MD; Sigan Hartley, PhD; Kris Saha, PhD; Leann Smith, PhD; Audra Sterling, PhD; Brittany Travers, PhD; and graduate students Eileen Haebig and Ty Harkness.

Read more on how the Next Generation Research Act will impact young scientists.

Watch Rep. Pocan, Marsha Mailick and Audra Sterling discuss the importance of this legislation.