October 2017: The Research Advocate

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The October 2017 Research Advocate is now online

Highlights from this month's issue: 

A former congressional leader who was instrumental in doubling the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget, the head of a global research center aimed at reducing the burden of disease, two long-time mental health advocates dedicated to accelerating research, a rare disease organization committed to biotech innovation, and a world-renowned vaccine researcher are among those who will be honored at Research!America’s 22nd annual Advocacy Awards on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, in Washington, D.C. 

Research and education are key to addressing the complexities of the opioid epidemic. “On the research side, it goes everywhere from understanding pain better as a neurological phenomenon to finding some non-addictive strategies for addressing pain more effectively,” said Lucinda Maine Ph.D., executive vice president and CEO, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. “Across the board there’s just a real lack of sufficient education for clinicians and patients and everybody else in the ecosystem at this point in time.” Maine joined experts for moderated panel discussions at Research!America’s National Health Research Forum on September 7 in Washington, D.C.

As the opioid epidemic continues to intensify, innovative research provides much needed hope to alleviate the suffering of the tens of thousands of Americans coping with this addiction. About 60% of Americans support increased funding for research to better understand and combat opioid addiction, according to a public opinion survey commissioned by Research!America. The webinar, “Innovating Research and the Opioid Epidemic: Are We Closer to Finding Solutions?,” will be hosted by Research!America on Friday, October 13, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET.

Medical and health research has enormous potential for addressing community health threats such as the opioid addiction and building a strong science and technology hub. Leaders from government, industry, academia, and scientific societies will discuss the role of public and private sector research in supporting the local economy and improving the health of citizens in West Virginia at a forum on Monday, October 16 on the campus of Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

A member spotlight featuring the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), a private nonprofit organization authorized by Congress to fund research that helps people make informed healthcare decisions and improves healthcare delivery and outcomes.

Download the entire October 2017 Research Advocate as a PDF.

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You can change the image of things to come. But you can’t do it sitting on your hands … The science community should reach out to Congress and build bridges.
The Honorable John E. Porter