Bridging the Sciences

by Erin L. Cadwalader, PhD; Phoebe S. Leboy Public Policy Fellow Association for Women in Science

Dear Research Advocate,

The 2012 State Technology and Science Index from the Milken Institute provides a state-by-state breakdown of technology and science capabilities and how well states have converted those assets into companies and high-paying jobs. Where does your state rank? Massachusetts ranked number one for the past 5 indices’€”released every two years’€”topped by an all-time high score in 2012.

How much financial benefit do we reap from biomedical research? What are the economic gains that result from introduction of new medications, changes to personal health behavior or reworking the Medicare and Medicaid health systems? These and other questions were discussed at a recent Capitol Hill briefing on health economics research co-sponsored by Academy Health, Research!America and other organizations.

Dear Research Advocate,

The president’s FY14 budget proposal offers a lifeline for medical research to replace sequestration’s damaging footprints.

Dear Research Advocate,

President Barack Obama unveiled the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative on Tuesday. Described in a White House press release as one of the administration’€™s ’€œGrand Challenges,’€ the goal of the initiative is to bring private and public sector research together to accelerate the development and application of technology and research into the function of complex neural networks.

Dear Research Advocate,

Dear Research Advocate,

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