Dear Research Advocate, In his inaugural address President Trump spoke of ushering in a “new millennium” to “unlock the mysteries of space, to free the earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.” We’re all in on those goals, to be sure. The President has been very active on many of his campaign pledges during his first week in office, but science hasn’t been a driving theme as yet. However, some of his administration’s actions this week have alarmed members of the science community. It is a time for gatherings in our nation’s capital -- for the Inauguration, for and against the anniversary of Roe v. Wade and more. It’s our...
January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, and March 12-17 will be World Glaucoma Week (WGW) with events held around the globe, including an Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) Congressional Briefing on March 9 at noon in House Rayburn Office Building 2040 in Washington, D.C. Americans fear vision loss more than most other conditions, as reported in a 2014 Research!America survey conducted for AEVR. 1 So sustained education about glaucoma is vital since it is the second leading cause of preventable vision loss in the United States. A neurological disease affecting the optic nerve, it causes loss of peripheral vision and ultimately blindness. It affects more than 2.7 million Americans over...
This article is the first 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 . Leland H. Hartwell, Ph.D., is the 2017 recipient of Research!America’s Geoffrey Beene Builders of Science Award , which honors distinguished leaders who have demonstrated their commitment to advocacy for scientific research by building or revitalizing a research institution. Hartwell is recognized for his leadership as president and director of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) from 1997-2010. FHCRC is a premier scientific research center in Seattle,...
Dear Research Advocate, Tomorrow, our 45th U.S. President will be inaugurated. The challenge and opportunity that President Trump - and all our elected representatives - face is to ensure that the next four years deliver better health, safety and prosperity. I hope President Trump’s inaugural address signals that his Administration will leverage research and innovation to meet our nation’s normative and strategic objectives. With NIH, CDC, AHRQ and FDA under the purview of the Department of Health and Human Services, the new Secretary will influence the nature and pace of medical progress, the capability of our public health infrastructure, and other critical science-relevant variables in...
Dear Research Advocate, With so much going on in -- and about -- Washington, D.C., it’s easy to overlook the matter of still-unresolved FY17 appropriations. There are members of Congress on both sides of the aisle and in both chambers calling for completion of those bills, and we agree. That’s what our elected representatives should be doing instead of kicking the can down the road with yet another extension of the continuing resolution (CR). Yes, it’s true that if Congress takes up work to complete FY17 spending bills, members will be tasked with developing FY17 and FY18 bills at the same time. Some think this will be difficult for the Senate, with its schedule packed with confirmation...
A new report has found that a one-size fits all approach is not the best strategy to engage and educate non-scientists. The National Academy of Sciences’ report, Communicating Science Effectively: A Research Agenda was the subject of a public discussion hosted by the Academy on January 10 in Washington, D.C. Research!America board member and AAAS CEO emeritus Alan Leshner, Ph.D., moderated the discussion, which included representatives from academia, government and news organizations. He noted that science communication is “an acquired skill, not innate.” The report concludes that it is time to leave the “deficit model” of communication behind. This model suggests that people do not accept...
The January 2017 Research Advocate is now online. Highlights from this month include: As Research!America embarks on its 29th year advocating for medical, health and scientific research, and policies in support of medical innovation, we reflect on our achievements in 2016 and begin the work of advancing priorities for this year. Mary Woolley , president and CEO of Research!America, presented “Your Role in Changing Hearts and Minds for Science" at the University of Connecticut Health Center , discussing the importance of building relationships with the new Administration and Congress. Federal policy update with information on the 115th Congress and priorities for the new Administration...
Dear Research Advocate, Washington is back in full swing. Members of Congress were sworn in on January 3 and started working right away on a budget resolution to facilitate repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While repeal appears inevitable, it’s a fact that the public and policymakers continue to be of two --or more! - minds about what a replacement should look like. The crucial importance of continuity extends beyond insurance coverage to include the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF), the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) ,and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). I don’t want to overwhelm you with advocacy asks: please use this advocacy...

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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