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Eradicating disease seems like an elusive pipe dream but not if you ask Donna Cryer , president and CEO of the Global Liver Institute. “9,000 days ago, doctors told me I had seven days to live,” said Cryer. “I believe in our ability to continually adapt and innovate and conquer disease”. Cryer was joined by Research!America board member Dr. William Hait, global head, Janssen Research and Development, and fellow board member Dr. Mark McClellan, director, Duke-Robert J. Margolis Center for Health Policy, Duke University for an interactive panel discussion titled, A World Without Disease: Can We Get There? , at the BIO International Conference in San Diego, California on June 20. Research!...
An award-winning journalist, a renowned expert in digital medicine and an internationally acclaimed jazz musician: What do they have in common? They each have a personal interest in research and innovation, and are the Keynote Speakers at the 2015 BIO International Convention in Philadelphia, June 15 -18. On Tuesday, June 16, renowned journalist Tom Brokaw will join Jim Greenwood, the president and CEO of BIO, and share his observations on the state of the U.S. and the world. Brokaw served as the anchor of NBC Nightly News for more than two decades and is the only person to have hosted all three major NBC News programs, The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and Meet the Press . In 2014, Brokaw...
New National Poll Reveals Many Respondents Predict China will Surpass U.S. in Science and Innovation by 2020 ALEXANDRIA, Va.’€”December 3, 2013’€”Nearly two-thirds (65%) of Americans say it’€™s likely there will be another government shutdown in the months ahead as Congress continues to debate deficit and budget issues, according to a new national public opinion poll commissioned by Research!America and the American Society of Hematology. This sentiment is shared across party affiliations: Democrats (66%), Republicans (65%) and Independents (65%). There is also consensus across party lines that government dysfunction has consequences. A majority of Americans (57%) say the shutdown in...
Karen Elkins, PhD By Karen Elkins, PhD, a biomedical scientist and science writer currently working in the field of microbiology and immunology. How does the physiology of the human body respond to severe injuries and septic shock? Funded by NIH, over 50 researchers have been working on a decade-long set of large projects to analyze human tissues taken directly from seriously ill patients. The goal of this ambitious effort is to understand the body-wide inflammation that accompanies major injuries like trauma with blood loss, major burns, and septic shock from invasive bacterial infections. In a recent study from this program, researchers analyzed a series of blood samples obtained from...
Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley joins James ’€œJ.P.’€ Paluskiewicz, deputy chief of staff to Rep. Michael Burgess, MD (R-TX); Cynthia Rice, vice president for government relations, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; Israel Robledo, Parkinson’€™s Action Network Texas state director; and Lisa Shulman, MD, professor of neurology, University of Maryland in a panel discussion about the power of research advocacy. The panel, hosted by Parkinson’€™s Action Network and moderated by PAN CEO and Research!America Board member Amy Comstock Rick, JD, discusses how to be an effective advocate and communicate effectively with congressional staff to achieve your advocacy goal. When...
On March 4, NIH-supported investigators reported the first ever "€œfunctional cure"€ of HIV in a toddler in Mississippi. The child received antiretroviral drugs within hours of birth and continued on the drugs for 18 months, when treatment was stopped. Despite discontinued treatment, the toddler no longer had detectable levels of HIV when seen by medical professionals 6 months later. Subsequent tests confirmed that the child had indeed been "€œfunctionally cured"€ of HIV. Although more research is necessary to see if these results can be duplicated, scientists believe this provides hope for the hundreds of thousands of children born with HIV each year. NIH funding not only supported...
Most Say Federally Funded Basic Research is Important to Private Sector Innovation Alexandria, Va.’€”February 26, 2013 ’€” More than two-thirds (67%) of small business leaders say basic research funded by the federal government is important to private sector innovation, according to a new nationwide survey of small business owners/operators commissioned by Research!America. In addition, nearly half (45%) say medical research funding to universities and other non-governmental research institutions should not be cut as part of sequestration, and a plurality (40%) say that such across-the-board cuts are not a smart strategy for reducing the deficit. The survey findings also reveal that small...

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