“Profiles of Promise”

“Profiles of Promise” is a new website from United for Medical Research that relays stories from Members of Congress who are strong proponents of scientific research.

The profiles reach across the aisle with both major parties represented, and they reach across chambers with four senators and five representatives.

Each has a personal experience to share. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) went through a health scare when his wife, Annette Shelby, PhD, was diagnosed with lupus. Fearing she was near death, Richard Shelby contacted doctors at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Those doctors helped reverse Annette Shelby’s kidney failure; today, she’s still going strong — 23 years later.

“I think [research] puts us at the cutting edge of biomedical technology and spawns so many jobs, industries and companies that we can’t even list them,” Richard Shelby told the website. “And I think we’re just scratching the surface. We’ve learned so much in the last 10 years, even 5 years, even 2 years. Where are we going to be in 10 years, or 15 years? And a lot will be because of biomedical research.”

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) writes the foreword to the series. Other members featured include Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-CA), Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA), Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA).

Research!America is a partner of United for Medical Research. The University of Alabama-Birmingham (as well as several of UAB’s schools) is a member of Research!America.

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