Funding Basic Science to Revolutionize Medicine: The Winning Video

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) announced the winners of its second annual Stand Up for Science Video Competition, in which contestants were asked to submit a short video demonstrating the importance of the federal government’s investment in biomedical and biological science. The winning video, “Funding Basic Science to Revolutionize Medicine,” was created by six graduate students (Florie Charles, Nir Oksenberg, Marta Wegorzewska, Osama Ahmed, Argenta Price, and Christin Chong) from the University of California, San Francisco. The video illustrated the impact funding basic science has had on improving health and spurring subsequent medical discoveries.

About the concept behind the video, Osama Ahmed said “We wanted the public to know that basic scientific findings, which are spurred by curiosity, sometimes lead to a large number of unexpected human health improvements and the development of new technologies,” he said. “We also wanted to teach people that the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health are government institutions that use taxpayer dollars to fund basic research, and that these institutions need strong public support to continue to do so.”