This article is the last in a series highlighting the accomplishments of Research!America’s 2017 Advocacy Award honorees who will be saluted at a dinner in Washington, D.C., on March 15. More details can be found here . An estimated 10 million Americans live with lymphedema—that is more than those living with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, ALS (Lou Gherig’s disease), AIDS and Parkinson’s disease combined. Yet, despite its prevalence, lymphedema (LE) does not receive the wide-spread attention and federal support like other diseases. Kathy Bates, award winning actress and Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN) spokesperson, is raising awareness for lymphedema. “You...

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If concerted, long-term investments in research are not made, America will lose an entire generation of young scientists.
Brenda Canine, PhD; McLaughlin Research Institute, Montana