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Nominations for the 2015 Advocacy Awards are now closed.

 

2014 Advocacy Awards

Research!America's 2014 Advocacy Awards Dinner was held March 12, 2014, at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC. 

We Thank Our Corporate Host

Merck & Co., Inc.  

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The annual Research!America Advocacy Awards program was established in 1996 by the board of directors to honor outstanding advocates for medical, health and scientific research. Recognized individuals and organizations are those whose leadership efforts have been notably effective in advancing our nation's commitment to research.

Learn more about Research!America's Advocacy Awards on our fact sheet. To learn more about supporting the Advocacy Awards, contact Carol Kennedy, senior director, development and membership.

Honorary Chairs

Click here to see our honorary chairs for the 2014 Advocacy Awards.

2014 Advocacy Award Winners and Benefactors

Edwin C. Whitehead Award for Medical Research Advocacy

Co-Benefactors: Whitehead Charitable Foundation and Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
Pictured: Edwin C. Whitehead

2014 Recipients:

Reps. Frank Wolf (R-VA) and Chaka Fattah (D-PA), will be honored with the 2014 Edwin C. Whitehead Award for Medical Research Advocacy for their leadership and unwavering commitment to supporting policies that promote federal and private sector medical research and innovation. Reps. Wolf and Fattah have spearheaded efforts to create a legislative and regulatory climate conducive to medical innovation. Wolf is currently a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, presides as chairman of the Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee, and is a member of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and State and Foreign Operations subcommittees. Throughout his distinguished tenure in Congress, Wolf has worked to advance the state of science and R&D, and he recognizes the role innovation plays in our nation's economy, health and international competitiveness. Notably, he was a founder of the "Rising Above the Gathering Storm" Commission which sparked a national effort to bolster federal science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and R&D programs. Fattah is a strong advocate for research and innovation, his commitment exemplified by his role as the ranking member of the Appropriation Committee's Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies subcommittee. He spearheads the Fattah Neuroscience Initiative, a collaborative interagency approach to advancing the future of neuroscience research. The FNI intends to significantly increase federal investment in neuroscience research. In partnership with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Fattah Neuroscience Initiative also works to educate other Members of Congress and their staffs about current and potential areas of neuroscience research.

Isadore Rosenfeld Award for Impact on Public Opinion

Benefactor: Rosenfeld Heart Foundation
Pictured: Isadore Rosenfeld, MD

2014 Recipient:

Close family

Glenn Close, the award-winning actress of Damages and Fatal Attraction, will be honored with the 2014 Isadore Rosenfeld Award for Impact on Public Opinion. Urged by her sister and nephew living with mental illness, Close co-founded Bring Change 2 Mind, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to ending the stigmas and misunderstandings surrounding mental illness. Together, the Close family shares an inspiring message of recovery, managing illness and leading a productive life. Glenn's sister, Jessie, lived with undiagnosed bipolar disorder until the age of 50. She blogs about her personal experiences on the BC2M website and has written two books, The Warping of Al and the soon-to-be-released memoir, Resilience. Jessie's son Calen Pick, a speaker and ambassador for BC2M, lives with schizophrenia. An artist living in Montana, he promotes artistic expression as a tool to help harness the creative powers commonly found among individuals with various forms of mental illness. After 11 years of undaunting courage, Calen now articulates the challenges of living life with a thought disorder. As an observer to her sister's and nephew's struggles, Glenn found the best way to help was to start the conversation. She shares her story of support for her sister and nephew, emphasizing the need for more conversation, empathy and understanding. Through the contributions of Bring Change 2 Mind, Glenn, Jessie and Calen prove that help begins with family.

Raymond and Beverly Sackler Award for Sustained National Leadership

Benefactors: Raymond R. Sackler, MD, and Beverly Sackler 

2014 Recipient:

Reed Tuckson, MDReed Tuckson, MD, managing director of Tuckson Health Connections, will be honored with Research!America's 2014 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Award for Sustained National Leadership for his lifelong commitment to advocating the benefits of evidence-based medicine to the public and policy makers and for adoption of supporting policies that maintain a strong and sustained investment in research, including health services research. He regularly speaks to the media about the need for a strong and sustained U.S. investment in research and programmatic funding — firmly believing that the goal of a healthier America is in everyone's best interests, from everyday Americans to members of Congress and to the business community. As executive vice president and chief of medical affairs at UnitedHealth Group, he embraced data analysis and mobile technologies, pioneering new digital delivery systems for evaluating care and collecting data. With "America's Health Rankings," a comprehensive annual perspective on our nation's health issues state by state, Dr. Tuckson and UnitedHealth Foundation issued an evidence-based call to action for individuals and their communities to improve their health. His book, The Doctor in the Mirror, focuses on patient empowerment to overcome everyday health issues.

 

Paul G. Rogers Distinguished Organization Advocacy Award

Benefactor: Hogan Lovells US LLP

2014 Recipient: 

Progeria Research Foundation

The Progeria Research Foundation (PRF) will receive Research!America's 2014 Paul G. Rogers Distinguished Organization Advocacy Award for its role for bringing progeria, a rare and fatal pediatric disease of premature aging, from obscurity to the forefront of successful translational research and giving hope to patients and families. PRF secured language in the Children's Health Act of 2000 in support of rare disease research, including progeria. The organization also led the discovery of the progeria gene, the identification of a potential drug treatment and, eventually, the first progeria clinical trial which resulted in the first treatment of the disease. In addition to the achievements in progeria research, PRF has also contributed significantly to a brand new field of rare-disease-related research, which will have a broad impact on millions of people.

 

Gordon and Llura Gund Leadership Award

Benefactors: Gordon and Llura Gund Foundation

2014 Recipient:

Kathy GiustiKathy Giusti, founder and CEO of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), will receive Research!America's 2014 Gordon and Llura Gund Leadership Award for advancing the research and treatment of myeloma, a hematologic cancer which is the second most common blood cancer after non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The American Cancer Society estimates that 22,350 new cases of multiple myeloma will be diagnosed in 2013. A myeloma survivor, Giusti co-founded MMRF with her twin sister. The organization plays a vital role in launching treatments that have helped double the life expectancy of many patients; established the first myeloma tissue bank; and launched an initiative that resulted in the complete mapping of the myeloma genome, which was made publicly available to advance myeloma research. Giusti and MMRF were featured in profiles in The New Yorker and Parade magazines about multiple myeloma research. 

Geoffrey Beene Builders of Science Award

Benefactor: The Geoffrey Beene Foundation

2014 Recipient:

Leroy Hood, MD, PhDLeroy Hood, MD, PhD, will be honored with Research!America's 2014 Geoffrey Beene Builders of Science Award for pioneering the development of instruments that paved the way for the successful mapping of the human genome. He was one of a small number of early and persistent advocates for the Human Genome Project. Prior to Dr. Hood's invention of the automated DNA sequencer, it took 30 years to sequence the genome of the cold virus, and the first gene cost $180 million to sequence. With Dr. Hood's remarkable achievement, it took less than a day to sequence the genome of the SARS virus and the cost of sequencing a gene is now just $6. A true scientific pioneer, Dr. Hood is credited with the development of the discipline of systems biology, which introduced the revolutionary concept to understand not only each biological network but also how the networks function together. This idea is now taught in many college and high school programs. Dr. Hood received the National Medal of Science from President Barack Obama at the White House in 2013, one of the highest scientific achievements.

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2014 Advocacy Award Sponsors

Corporate Host

Merck & Co., Inc.

 

Dinner Host

Johnson & Johnson  

 

Presenting Partner

Celgene  

Genentech  

 

Program Partner

AbbVie

 

American Medical Association

 

Lilly  

Elsevier  

Novartis Oncology  

 

Sanofi

 

Staglin Family Vineyard  

Patron

CQ Roll Call  

Johns Hopkins University
  

Contributor

Duke Medicine  

Northeast Ohio Medical University

 

Politico

 

The Hill  

 

Sponsor

AcademyHealth

Alzheimer's Association

American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Battelle

Brigham and Women's Hospital | Partners HealthCare

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Pfizer

TEVA Pharmaceuticals

University of California, Los Angeles | University of California, San Francisco

Mary Woolley

 

Friend

American Association for Cancer Research

American Cancer Society  

American Heart Association

Baylor College of Medicine Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Cell Therapeutics, Inc.

FaegreBD Consulting

Howard University Health Sciences

March of Dimes Foundation

Mary Hendrix and Chuck Craft

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Spectrum Science Communications

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

 

Award Benefactors

The Geoffrey Beene Foundation
Gordon and Llura Gund Foundation
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Rosenfeld Heart Foundation
Dr. Raymond R. and Beverly Sackler
Whitehead Charitable Foundation
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research