The 2019 members of the Academy’s CECI2s represented 21 academic radiology departments. 8 of the CECI2s represented 6 member societies in addition to their home institution. I would like to formally thank AAPM, ACR, ISMRM, RSNA, SNMMI and SPR for their sponsorship which enabled these 8 CECI2s to participate in the program.
This year’s CECI2s met with 8 institutes and centers at NIH and participated in over 70 meetings with members of Congress or their staff. Additionally, they participated in 3 networking receptions and had a chance to practice speaking about their unique research with other researchers, departmental chairs, Congressional representatives, and NIH scientists. In looking at the feedback received, and outlined for you below, the Academy leadership and staff is pleased to see that this program continues to serve its purpose in expanding early career investigators’ awareness of the importance of advocacy for imaging research funding and provide them with an ever-expanding network that they can tap into throughout their long careers.