Telling Your Lab Story
If your lab is conducting research that may not affect a patient for many years, you can still illustrate the eventual impact your work will have. Some of the most profound changes in biomedical engineering have taken a long time to come to fruition.
The best way to illustrate the impact of your research is to relate your research story to your legislator. How is the patient treated today? How will that patient be treated when your research is completed? How will your research change or even revolutionize the treatment paradigm?
Consider inviting a patient or several patients with the condition or disease you are working to treat or resolve. Patients can be powerful allies in your efforts to tell your research story. They can explain their disease or condition and their current treatment options. You and your staff can then show your legislator the transformative effect of your research on patients’ future treatment options.
The lab tour combined with the patients’ experiences can illustrate the critical nature of your work and the absolute necessity of a reliable funding stream. Throughout your tour, remember to relate every aspect back to the final patient outcomes you plan to achieve.