On Saturday, April 22, hundreds of members of the Mass General community—along with their families, colleagues and friends—gathered on the Bulfinch Lawn to join the “Stand Up for Science” rally.
Following remarks by Regina Larocque, MD, of the Physicians for Policy Action, Peter L. Slavin, MD, Mass General president, and Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (D-Boston), participants walked together to the Boston Common to join the Boston March for Science, which attracted thousands of supporters.
The goal of the Boston march was to unite a diverse and nonpartisan group to celebrate the city as an exceptional place for scientists and scientific research. Mass General joined this important effort as a visible sign of solidarity and support for the crucial role that science plays in improving the lives and health for our patients.
“Science is healing our patients, relieving pain, restoring lives, and offering health and hope. The MGH is science,” said Dr. Slavin.
He went on to say “the proposed drastic budget cuts to the NIH would have a devastating effect on our institution and our patients – present and future. We believe that the federal budget should reflect the powerful and vital role that science plays in supporting our democracy. This march is a way to reaffirm that belief.”