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Research!America is dedicated to ensuring a strong public and private sector investment in research to improve health at a level warranted by scientific opportunity and supported by public opinion. Each blog post aims to inform readers about the health and economic benefits of research.  

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​During a dedication ceremony for the new Paul G. Rogers conference room at Research!America’s new office on December 8, many fellow research advocates, friends and family members paid tribute to the former Research!America chair, describing his tremendous support and unshakeable dedication to health research. “He made a difference in my life in a way that few people have,” said Research!America president and CEO Mary Woolley. “I treasure his memory every day.” Rogers was elected to Congress in 1955 and served until 1979. During his time as a Florida representative, he rose through the ranks to chair the House Subcommittee on Health and the Environment. His long list of legislative...
Six science-savvy teams comprised of researchers from around the globe are currently in the running for a grand prize of $230,000 to develop new big data methods for advancing biomedical research. The two-phased Open Science Prize contest was made possible through a collaboration between the National Institutes of Health (NIH) , the Wellcome Trust and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute . During the first phase, the teams received prize money to help create tools or services that could be used to tackle important issues in biomedicine and improve health. They designed prototypes to address subjects such as neuroimaging, rare diseases, mental and neurological diseases, pathogen surveillance...
Dear Research Advocate, Research advocates played a critically important role in shaping and ultimately assuring passage of the 21st Century Cures (21st CC) legislation this week. It was a long road: advocacy is labor intensive, but it works. Read our full statement released after the Senate vote. Here is information on the bill and on the vote counts in the House and Senate . I hope you’ll use this editable email to thank your Senators and Representatives for voting yes (an overwhelming majority in both chambers of Congress did!). The end of the 114th Congress is nigh; we expect that tomorrow the Senate will pass the House-approved Continuing Resolution (CR) to flat fund most government...
Good health begins with people understanding the importance of prevention and lifestyle. In order to advocate for prevention in their communities, schools and cities, it is important for individuals to know how to keep themselves and others healthy through adequate diet and physical activity, by avoiding smoking, by drinking only in moderation, and by getting regular medical checkups. The idea that avoiding and preventing disease is a lot better than suffering with disease usually resonates well with the general public. However, prevention must connect behaviors now with what may be avoided later, and often needs to occur in the absence of illness or any similar motivation. For example,...
Shopping, parties and travel are occupying the time of many Americans this holiday season, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging people to add one more important item to their holiday to do list: get vaccinated for the flu. This message is part of National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) , December 4-10, led by the CDC to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination throughout the holiday season and beyond. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. The illness can cause hospitalizations, even death. Flu vaccination, according to the CDC, is the best way to protect against this...
The December 2016 Research Advocate is now online . Highlights from this month include: Research!America convened an esteemed panel of policymakers and scientists for the 2016 Post-Election Briefing on November 15 to discuss expectations for science and medical progress with a new president and the next Congress. The briefing was hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and supported in part by Zogby Analytics. Post-election overview of Research!America's voter-education initiative Campaign for Cures . Federal policy update outlining the latest appropriations process in Congress, and the progress of the 21st Century Cures Act , which passed the House this week and...
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) affect over one billion of the world’s poorest people, impairing families’ health, nutrition, cognition, and even productivity at work. These parasitic and bacterial infectious diseases broadly threaten education as well as social, emotional, and physical health. The NTDs include lymphatic filariasis, trachoma, river blindness, schistosomiasis, hookworm and other intestinal worms, Chagas disease and African sleeping sickness, among others. According to the CDC, over 500,000 people die from NTDs across the globe each year, and all low-income countries suffer from at least five of these diseases simultaneously. Dr. Peter Hotez, Dean of Baylor College of...
Dear Research Advocate, Last Friday, while many of us were still savoring a relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving, the House released their revamped version of the 21st Century Cures Act. Check out our most recent letter of support and our full statement for more details. Last night, it passed the House by an extraordinary bipartisan majority of 392-26, exceeding even the majority it achieved in its original passage in July 2015. The new Cures package unleashed an avalanche of activity: Mark McClellan, director of the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, former FDA commissioner and Research!America board member, and Ellen Sigal, chair and founder of Friends of Cancer Research, and former...
The House bipartisan passage of the 21 st Century Cures Act is a triumph for patients and a true testament to what can be accomplished when patients and other research stakeholders engage with policymakers and commit to finding solutions to our most pressing health threats. We are pleased that the bill includes support for national priorities like the Cancer Moonshot, Precision Medicine and BRAIN Initiatives. Importantly, the bill helps empower the Food and Drug Administration to recruit the best and the brightest scientific minds, paves the way for more patient involvement in the discovery, development and delivery pipeline, and fosters young researchers to help secure our nation’s global...
Today, Research!America sent a letter to House and Senate leadership in support of the 21 st Century Cures Act, legislation that encourages the discovery, development and delivery of new treatments and cures for patients. A new version of the 21st Century Cures bill (21stCC) has been introduced, with a strong chance that this bipartisan legislation will pass both Houses of Congress, and that President Obama will sign it into law shortly thereafter. Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI-06) has requested that organizations and individuals send letters by Wednesday, November 30 at 1:00 p.m. ET . We encourage advocates to send a letter and voice support for this important legislation. Click here for a...

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