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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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Investing in basic science helps fuel the U.S. economy and society in general. However, as science investments stagnate, there’s a growing concern that other countries will outpace the U.S. in research and development. The American Association for the Advancement of Science hosted a panel discussion February 22 highlighting the benefits of basic research in a new report, “ The Future Postponed 2.0: Why Declining Investment in Basic Research Threatens a U.S. Innovation Deficit . ” The report is a collection of scientific advances written by researchers that highlight the role basic science plays in innovation. “If we don’t make the investments [in research], we short ourselves and even more...
Six major epidemics have emerged since the beginning of the 21 st century, and with ever increasing global travel and trade, a threat to one part of the world is a threat to every part. With future epidemics not just possible, but inevitable, the United States can take a step now that will pay off profoundly over time: we can join the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI). In March 2015, a G7 panel convened by Chancellor Angela Merkel and chaired by Bill Gates reached a straightforward and profoundly important conclusion: as a global community, we are dangerously ill-prepared for major disease outbreaks. The panel reported that the 2014 Ebola epidemic had exposed...
Dear Research Advocate, It’s official! We have joined AAAS and other prominent scientific societies to partner with the April 22, 2017 March for Science , #ScienceServes . We are excited about the heightened attention on science we have already seen. It’s also terrific to see the outpouring of commitment to making the events of the day an awakening of more civic engagement by scientists and a celebration of what science has and will accomplish. Please see our statement , read more about the event and related activities, and consider having your organization become a partner. Plan to attend in Washington, D.C. or at one of 300 sites around the nation and worldwide, with more to be announced...
“Though we’ve been gloried in success, we still have unfinished business” when it comes to tackling cardiovascular disease, said NHLBI Director Dr. Gary Gibbons, highlighting the findings of a new American Heart Association-commissioned analysis at an event in Washington, D.C. last week. The report presented data on what lies ahead in cardiovascular disease prevalence and costs over the next few decades. Projections found more than 131 million people – or about 45 percent of the U.S. population – could suffer from cardiovascular disease by 2035, and annual costs related to this – both direct medical costs and lost productivity – could surpass $1 trillion; that’s more than all other chronic...
This article is the fourth 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 . Nobel laureate Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., is Research!America’s recipient of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Award for Sustained National Leadership , which honors medical and health research advocacy leaders who have been instrumental in developing and implementing a sustained advocacy program for medical and health research. Prof. Sharp is an Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and serves as Chair of Stand Up To Cancer’s (SU2C) Scientific...
Dear Research Advocate, I have exciting news! Joe Biden, the 47th Vice President of the United States, will join us at our 21st Annual Advocacy Awards Dinner on March 15 to receive the Gordon and Llura Gund Leadership Award . As he has demonstrated through his leadership of the Cancer Moonshot Initiative, his work in Congress, and in so many other ways, the former Vice President is a true advocate for research. Join us for a remarkable evening. A foundational goal for this annual event is to spotlight advocates for science -- often those who both practice and champion it -- as embodying the “secret sauce” that empowers science by driving public and policymaker support. More scientists are...
Research!America invites our member organizations to join the Board of Directors and distinguished guests for the 2017 annual meeting and luncheon on March 15, 2017, 12:00-2:00 p.m. ET in the Willard Room of the Willard InterContinental Hotel. The annual meeting will include election of directors, reports from leadership, and other member responsibilities. The program will feature remarks from award-winning actress and Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN) spokesperson Kathy Bates . Ms. Bates has brought lymphedema and lymphatic diseases into the spotlight in the media, including the first-ever profile of a patient receiving lymphedema treatment, which aired on CBS Sunday...
This article is the third 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 . “It started off fairly minor with just the classic butterfly rash,” Maurissa Tancharone Whedon explained in a public service announcement for the Lupus Foundation of America. “Over the years as I neared my twenties [lupus] started to attack more major organs. I’ve had a lung flare, central nervous system flare, two kidney flares.” The central nervous flare was the most debilitating for Whedon, who could not see, talk or walk for six months. Whedon is one of an estimated 1.5...
Research and development involves collaboration, investments and risk to ensure new treatments benefit patients, according to panelists at a Capitol Hill briefing on February 14 hosted by Research!America and the Congressional R&D Caucus. The briefing “Medical Innovation 101” highlighted various aspects of the research continuum from basic to post-market research. Eleanor Perfetto, Ph.D., MS, of the National Health Council moderated the discussion, which included panelists representing different areas of the medical research continuum: basic science, clinical and translational research, health services research and health economics and the patient community. Keith Yamamoto, Ph.D., Vice...
February is American Heart Month, a time dedicated to increasing awareness about ways to prevent, diagnose, treat and thrive with heart disease. On behalf of the 43 million women living with or at risk for heart disease, WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease urges Congress to increase support for research and access to high quality, affordable health care for all women. Research and access to care are critically important in the fight against heart disease, the leading cause of death for women. Evidence-based diagnostic techniques, treatments and rehabilitation services make it possible for patients to maintain a healthy and productive lifestyle, even after a heart...

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Without continued support for health research, many of the most promising young scientists, their ideas and a myriad of potentially life-changing scientific breakthroughs will vanish into oblivion.
Paul Marinec, PhD; University of California San Francisco