Research!America’s 10 Most Popular Guest Blog Posts of 2017

Izzy Okparanta

As 2017 comes to a close, we’d like to highlight the year’s 10 most popular guest blog posts (based on page views), which provided compelling insights and information on a variety of topics including public health, oral health, clinical research and advocacy. We extend a big thank you to this year’s many outstanding contributors – students, researchers, industry experts, public health professionals, patient advocates – who are committed to combating our nation’s most pressing health challenges.

1) Dental Hygienists: Connectors of Oral Health to General Health

October 27: In our most-read guest post of the year, the American Dental Education Association’s Kim T. Isringhausen discussed the intersection of oral and general health, highlighting the critical role of dental hygienists within the public health infrastructure. Isringhausen explained that in addition to providing vital prevention services and education to help patients keep their teeth and gums clean and healthy, dental hygienists are sometimes the first to alert patients about viruses like HPV, which can manifest with symptoms in the oral cavity and lead to serious oral and pharyngeal cancers. Click here to read more.

2) We Are All Public Health

October 24: Our second-most-read blog post was written by Research!America board member Georges C. Benjamin, M.D., executive director of the American Public Health Association, as part of a series focusing on different aspects of public health in recognition of Public Health Thank You Day (November 20, 2017). Dr. Benjamin defined public health as a combination of many disciplines including maternal health, school health education, mental health, ethics, public health statistics and environmental health. Read the full post here.

3) From Lab to Senate, How a Young Scientist Came To Work on the Hill

December 7: Ramon Misla David, an intern for Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), described the important role STEM research and advocacy played in shaping his journey from college to Capitol Hill. Misla stressed the importance of having more scientists in government and encouraged other students and young researchers to intern on the Hill. Read more here.

4) Collaborating For Lupus and For Patients

March 30: As part of National Autoimmune Disease Awareness month, Sue Dillon, Ph.D., global therapeutic area head, Immunology Research & Development at Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, discussed Janssen’s commitment to speeding discoveries to help treat – and one day cure – people living with immunologic diseases. She mentioned the importance of the patient voice and strong research collaborations in tackling complex diseases and improving health both in the U.S. and abroad. Read more here.

5) Suicide Prevention Research Can Be a Lifesaver

September 11: Jill Harkavy-Friedman, Ph.D., vice president of research at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, wrote a blog post about the important role research plays in effectively addressing the suicide epidemic. Thanks to research, scientists now know that biological, psychological, social and environmental forces all play a role in suicide deaths and suicide prevention. Read more here.

6) Strengthening the Postdoctoral Training Experience

August 11: What can be done to improve the postdoctoral (postdoc) research training process? That’s the question Nivedita Sengupta, Ph.D., sought to answer in her guest blog post. Dr. Sengupta highlighted different factors that can impact the postdoc experience, such as differences in funding sources, different work styles among principal investigators and different institutional cultures. Read more here.

7) It’s Time to Start Treating Eating Disorders like the Public Health Crisis They Are

October 26: Claire Mysko, M.A., CEO of the National Eating Disorders Association, called for more awareness of eating disorders, which affect 10 million men and 20 million women. Mysko urged advocates to help get rid of stigmas associated with conditions like bulimia, binge eating disorder and anorexia and draw attention to the biological, genetic, behavioral and psychological factors that contribute to eating disorders. Read more here.

8) Raising Awareness about Cardiovascular Disease in Women

February 10: Research funding, clinical trial participation and access to health care can all significantly impact women’s cardiovascular health, said WomenHeart CEO Mary McGowan, in her guest blog post during American Heart Month. McGowan urged Congress to increase support for research and access to high-quality, affordable health care for all women, 43 million of whom are living with or at risk for heart disease. Read more here.  

9) In Wisconsin, Students Not Content To Sit On the Sidelines

December 1: Samantha Anderson, a biochemistry graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, wrote about her efforts to provide professional development opportunities for early-career scientists interested in science policy, communicate the importance of science to the general public, and educate her campus community about state- and national-level policy issues related to scientific research. Read more here.

10) Steps in the Right Direction – The Changing Face of Lung Cancer

November 15: For a long time, lung cancer has been regarded as a smoker’s disease. Jennifer C. King, Ph.D., director of science and research at the Lung Cancer Alliance, sought to dispel that myth in her guest blog post. Lung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer, claiming an estimated 160,000 lives each year in the U.S. King said the key to curbing lung cancer deaths is research. Read more here.

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