Campaign for Cures

The future of science and research for health under a Trump Administration and a Republican majority in Congress was the focus of Research!America’s 2016 Post-Election Briefing at the American Association of the Advancement of Science (AAAS) on November 15. Kicking off the program was John Zogby, founder of the “Zogby Poll” and senior partner of John Zogby Strategies. He noted that it’s too soon to know how research will fare under a new Administration but he said people understand that medical research is vital. Following his remarks, a panel comprised of Research!America Chair Hon. John Porter; Vice Chair Gov. Mike Castle; American Association for the Advancement of Science CEO and board...
If you had an opportunity to include public health priorities in the next president’s inaugural or State of the Union address, what would they be? Building more healthier communities and increasing investments in public health research to understand the root causes of health challenges were among the recommendations of panelists at a town hall moderated by Research!America president and CEO Mary Woolley at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting on Monday, October 31. The presidential candidates are interested in improving our nation’s infrastructure but they’re not thinking about the health infrastructure, noted Julie Gerberding, M.D., MPH , executive vice president for...
The recent presidential town hall debate didn’t even touch on the critical role science and research play in our nation’s health, security and prosperity. There is one more debate, October 19th, and with the topics already announced , now is the time to suggest questions to moderator Chris Wallace and his Fox producers by tweeting to @FoxNews and @FoxNewsSunday. The list of topics for the debate doesn’t include science in a direct way; however, the economy is on the list, presenting a clear opportunity to ask what each candidate would do to fuel research and innovation in the interest of creating good jobs and driving the economy. In a recent opinion piece , Bill Gates lays out how...
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: While Senate leadership had originally planned to pass a continuing resolution (CR) this week and leave town, negotiations are ongoing. Odds still are that a short-term CR providing $1.1 billion in emergency Zika funding will be signed into law before the 9/30/16 deadline. We’ll keep you posted. The 21st Century Cures Initiative (Cures) is on hold once again. Earlier today, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton’s (R-MI-06) staff reported progress on a compromise bill crafted to pass both houses of Congress this year, but said it will not be considered until after the elections. Cures advocacy may have a “rock of Sisyphus” feel to it, but there’s...
Dear Research Advocate: First, it is not too late to sign up for our webinar, The Microbiome Initiative: A Closer Look , which will take place tomorrow , September 16, from 1:00 to 1:30 ET. I am not surprised that interest is strong in this program, which features Dr. Stefano Bertuzzi, CEO of the American Society for Microbiology. Please join us! I was in New York following the birth of my grandson (Ferdinand, 8 pounds, 14 ounces!) and missed our National Health Research Forum last week; however, I watched the video and the panel discussions were absolutely terrific! From the need for a standing public health emergency fund that grounds threat response in pragmatism rather than politics, to...
Dear Research Advocate: I am sending my letter out early this week to ensure you can tune into our National Health Research Forum, Straight Talk: New Thinking on Tough Challenges , which will take place tomorrow at 11:45 a.m. ET at the Newseum in Washington, DC. Our expert moderators will press panelists -- top federal officials and other key leaders from across the research ecosystem -- on critical, complex and in some cases, controversial topics in health, research and innovation. It is sure to be a riveting discussion not to be missed. While the Forum is sold out, you can watch virtually with our event live-stream hosted by WebMD. With Congress returning from recess and the end of fiscal...
Dear Research Advocate: The number of Zika cases continues to rise and mosquito season won’t be over anytime soon. Yet Congress hasn’t acted -- a good reason to maintain a permanent public health emergency fund. We have such funds for weather-related emergencies like hurricanes and floods, enabling immediate action whether or not Congress is in session, and we have a similar funding mechanism for public health emergencies...the problem is, there are no dollars in it. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) introduced legislation earlier this year, the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Act (H.R. 4525), to provide $5 billion for such a fund. “Labor-H” Subcommittee Chairman Tom Cole (R-OK-04) has also...
Dear Research Advocate: The party conventions mark the official start to the general election. In Cleveland we heard rousing daily themes of “Make America (aspirational word) Again”. I kept hoping for “healthy” or “innovative,” aspirations we know rank high with Americans, but that was not to be. Nor -- at least as of this writing -- have any speakers addressed medical progress. Even so, the official Republican platform recognizes the importance of medical research and innovation for our economy and for patients. The Democratic platform , which will be adopted at the DNC convention next week, in fact makes similar points. We’ll see if research and innovation make it into the convention...
Dear Research Advocate: Not surprisingly since it is the last week before an extended recess, Congress has been quite busy. There have been highs, lows and a lot that’s in between. Congress passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), but without a dedicated funding stream to jump start progress. The House Appropriations Committee passed an FY17 Labor-H appropriations bill with a robust $1.25 billion increase for NIH and a pledge from Chairman Tom Cole (R-OK) to make this number even higher. However, there was bitter partisan disagreement on restricting CDC gun violence prevention research and how to address the Zika crisis, leading to passage along party lines of a bill that...

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