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Dear Research Advocate: World-class athletes are getting ready to go for the gold in Rio. No one is going for copper, but researchers have found that in healthcare settings, this mineral is a champion when it comes to reducing the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria (one of several public health threats that has received attention in the run-up to the Games). If you are looking for an example of the return on research, this article about the role of copper in reducing hospital associated infections provides an excellent one. Years of investment in research, from discovery science through to trials, can and will pay off for the public with every expectation of many more lives saved in...
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...
The July/August 2016 of The Research Advocate is now online . Highlights from this month include: Announcing a new interactive map and blog as part of the national voter education initiative Campaign for Cures . The user-friendly map of the U.S. features hundreds of quotes on medical progress from candidates across the political spectrum. The Campaign for Cures blog is packed with information related to the election, patient stories, events, and commentary on science, research, and innovation. Registration is now open for the 2016 National Health Research Forum . The event, titled Straight Talk: New Thinking on Tough Challenges , will feature thought-provoking panel discussions on complex...
The October 2015 issue of The Research Advocate is now online . Highlights from this month's issue include: Recap of events in Washington, DC, such as Research!America's National Health Research Forum and the Rally for Medical Research. A federal policy update with details on the budget and appropriations agenda in Congress. A member spotlight featuring the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy. Information on Research!America's new voter education initiative, Campaign for Cures. Download the entire October 2015 Research Advocate as a PDF .
Dear Research Advocate, It was down to the wire, but Congress passed and the President signed a continuing resolution (CR) yesterday evening to keep the government operating, at least through December 11, 2015. Speaker Boehner’s sudden resignation last Friday came as a shock. But since he has made it clear there is still a lot he’d like to accomplish before he leaves Congress on October 30, hopes have soared in many quarters! He is reportedly working with Leader Pelosi (D-CA-12), Senate leadership and the White House on a longer term budget deal, one that we hope will jettison sequestration. Now is a good time to thank members of Congress for taking action to prevent a shutdown, and urge...
Dear Research Advocate, It was a privilege to address the terrific crowd at last night’s kick off reception for the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Rally for Medical Research. Forceful champions including Senators Durbin (D-IL), Moran (R-KS), Murray (D-WA) and Klobuchar (D-MN) joined NIH Director Francis Collins to thank and encourage the more than 300 advocates who are blanketing both Houses of Congress today. Adding in social media attention, the Rally is likely to reach every member of Congress. During remarks at a Rally breakfast this morning, House “Labor-H” Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Tom Cole (R-OK-04) revved up the crowd when he said that “the stars are...
Where is science taking us and how do we leverage the opportunities before us to advance medical progress? Leaders representing various sectors of the research community expressed their views on legislative and regulatory issues, and our nation's research infrastructure at Research!America’s 2015 National Health Forum Thursday, September 10 at the Newseum in Washington, DC. Jeffrey Bloss, M.D., senior vice president of scientific and medical affairs, Astellas Pharmaceuticals U.S., lead sponsor of the event, discussed the importance of collecting, analyzing and disseminating real-world evidence, and engaging in value-based decision making. “Patient care will benefit from modernized...
The September 2015 issue of The Research Advocate is now online . Highlights from this month's issue include: A federal policy update with details on the budget and appropriations agenda in Congress. A member spotlight featuring the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance. Details on September's events in Washington, DC, such as Research!America's National Health Research Forum and the Rally for Medical Research. Download the entire September 2015 Research Advocate as a PDF.
Dear Research Advocate, A refreshing number of members of Congress have allocated time during this recess to champion medical research, among them Senators Capito (R-WV), Franken (D-MN), and Kirk (R-IL), and Representatives Burgess (R-TX-26), Dold (R-IL-10), Israel (D-NY-03), Lance (R-NJ-07) and Walden (R-OR-02). Rep. Dold, for example, visited Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine as well as private industries in his district, like Marathon, to discuss ways to speed up medical innovation. Visiting the genetics lab at Northwestern, Rep. Dold commented: “We spent a little over 330 billion dollars this year in treating diabetes alone. Can we get some [additional] research...

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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