President Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative could potentially drive medical and health research into exciting, new territory as we advance efforts to develop the right treatments at the right time for individual patients. A laser-focus approach that takes into account a patient's genetic profile, environment and lifestyle is critical to treat diseases such as cancer which afflicts millions of Americans. Only about a quarter of Americans believe the U.S. has the best health care system in the world, according to public opinion polling commissioned by Research!America. This initiative could help reverse both the perception and the reality with targeted treatments that will save lives and...
Dear Research Advocate: The State of the Union (SOTU) message is the annual opportunity for the President to outline his goals. Read my statement on it here . The SOTU historically provides a platform for the executive and legislative branches to identify commonalities, or sharpen differences. Topics in our sights on which Congress and the Administration can work together should they choose (meaning if their constituents demand it!) include innovation, research and development, and 21st century business success. In his speech and in a more detailed proposal , the President calls for a significant increase in funding for antibiotic discovery, Alzheimer’s research, the BRAIN Initiative and...
We NEED CURES, NOT CUTS. Sequestration arbitrarily stifles federal investment in national priorities like medical research and innovation, at the expense of America and Americans. Deficit reduction is important, but there are ways to achieve it that do not set out nation back, threatening our global leadership and shortchanging the health and safety of the American people. Tell Congress: WE NEED CURES, NOT CUTS!
Dear Research Advocate: Research!America yesterday released our recommendations for the top five science priorities the new Congress should address in its first 100 days: end sequestration, increase funding for our nation’€™s research agencies, advance the 21st Century Cures Initiative legislation, repeal the medical device tax, and enact a permanent and enhanced R&D tax credit. See the full press release here . Among these priorities, ending sequestration is the steepest uphill climb – but what a difference it would make for the future of health and the nation’s economy! That’€™s the focus of this editable message to members of Congress. Please weigh in! Securing meaningful increases...
Today, Research!America urged the 114th Congress to take action on five science priorities in the first 100 days of the legislative session in order to elevate research and innovation on the nation’s agenda: Advance the 21st Century Cures Initiative. Spearheaded by Representatives Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Diana DeGette (D-Colo.),the initiative is a promising step in the right direction, focusing on speeding medical progress from bench-to-bedside by integrating patient perspectives into the regulatory process, modernizing clinical trials, and reducing red tape, among other things. Repeal the medical device tax. A provision in the Affordable Care Act, efforts to repeal the medical device tax...
Letter to the editor by Research!America VP of Communications Suzanne Ffolkes published in The Gainesville Sun . In reference to the Dec. 28 editorial ’€œ Funding innovation ,’€ countless medical breakthroughs would not have been possible without the support of federal funding. It is imperative that research and innovation become a higher national priority for the new Congress. Bipartisan proposals to advance medical progress ’€” like the 21st Century Cures Initiative that includes provisions to boost federal funding for research, modernize clinical trials and incentivize the development of new drugs and devices, among others ’€” should be given serious consideration. Stagnant funding over...

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