GSA member Denise Montell (University of California, Santa Barbara) spoke on Capitol Hill this summer, presenting her research on anastasis, the process of by which cells can return from the brink of death:


Montell, a former President of the North American Drosophila Board, spoke as part of the Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus (CBRC) 2015 briefing series.

CBRC is a bipartisan, bicameral Caucus that seeks to broaden the support and knowledge of basic and clinical biomedical research issues throughout Congress. Seventy five Members of the House of Representatives and eight Members of the Senate comprise the Caucus membership with Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH), Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), and Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) serving as co-chairs (CBRC membership in 114th Congress).

The Caucus holds monthly briefings on Capitol Hill that feature leading researchers explaining their research—and stressing the importance of federal support. CBRC is facilitated by the Coalition for the Life Sciences, of which GSA is a member. The current scientific advisors to the Caucus are former GSA Secretary James Haber and Mary Beckerle.


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Adam Fagen was formerly Executive Director of the Genetics Society of America.

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