2016 Elections

Dear Research Advocate: This week, I joined host Alex Philippidis to discuss the challenges the next President will face on Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News’ Sounds of Science podcast. Not only are there policy decisions to be made, but the President’s transition team must also address more than 4,000 political appointments. Conversations are well underway, but it's not too late to suggest outstanding candidates, including people already in the government, perhaps ready for a new role. I encourage you to toss your own hat in the ring as well if you are hearing a call to public service. (Use this guide to learn more about the transition process and this resource to find out who...
With Election Day a few weeks away, voters still have time to ask presidential and congressional candidates their plans to advance medical and health research. To help ramp up these efforts, Research!America and partners have launched a Campaign for Cures online ad campaign urging voters to ask their candidates for President and Congress their views on medical progress. The ads, which are running during the month of October in key states and in the DC metro area on websites affiliated with CQ Roll Call, are driving visitors to the Campaign for Cures website ( www.campaignforcures.org ). The site features an interactive map with more than 500 candidate quotes on public and private sector...
Dear Research Advocate: With congressional primaries back in full swing -- four states held primaries this week alone, with five more to come this month -- we have fresh opportunities to ask candidates for national office what they would do, if elected, to speed medical progress and incentivize innovation. Check out our interactive map to see what your candidates have to say -- we have been adding quotes daily. This is important: if you don’t see your candidates on the record, please send them a message urging them to register their thoughts. Research!America has joined ScienceDebate.org and other organizations to call on presidential candidates to respond to a questionnaire about...
Dear Research Advocate, Former VP candidate and Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI-01) appears poised to become the next Speaker of the House. This turn of events improves the outlook for a budget deal, potentially including FY16 funding, sequestration relief for one or two years, and a new debt limit. See our letter with United for Medical Research and two major defense industry associations on the negative consequences of sequestration. Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) made news this week reaffirming his willingness to consider mandatory spending for NIH in his Innovation Initiative. To turn “maybe” into “yes,” advocates must be heard. Earlier this week, a...
A strong majority of Americans (81%) say medicines available today have improved their quality of life and even more (91%) say it is important to develop better medicines for conditions we currently treat, according to a national public opinion survey commissioned by Research!America. But many respondents say candidates for President and Congress have done a poor job relating to the health expectations of Americans. Less than a quarter of respondents say candidates running for Congress listen to and understand the health concerns of Americans, and one-third say the same for presidential candidates. A majority of African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians and non-Hispanic whites all agree that...
The race for votes has begun yet candidates have been tight-lipped on what should be done to advance U.S. medical innovation. If elected, what will they do to help find cures for costly and deadly diseases like Alzheimer’s and cancer? Will they assign a higher priority to medical research and ensure policies keep pace with scientific opportunity or will they take medical progress for granted? Voters want to know. With the election season underway, Research!America has launched a new national voter education initiative, Campaign for Cures: Vote for Medical Progress! The initiative aims to engage candidates running for national office and voters on issues relevant to the health and well-being...
Dear Research Advocate, There is still time to join us -- virtually -- at today’s sold-out Health Research Forum. WebMD is livestreaming the event, which will begin a little before noon EST at the Newseum in Washington, DC. Find details on the event HERE , and livestreaming info HERE . Follow and join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #RAForum15. Also today, on the advocacy front, NDD United is sending a letter with 2,500+ signatories, Research!America among them, to members of Congress. The letter calls for an approach to sequestration relief that includes both defense and non-defense discretionary spending. NDD advocates will be on the Hill today handing out baseball...

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Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed.
Abraham Lincoln