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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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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...
Dear Research Advocate, Budget conversations are back to the fore. President Trump has made it clear that his budget will cut non-defense discretionary (NDD) deeply. NDD makes up only about 16% of the federal budget, but fuels a wide range of crucial American priorities like education, criminal justice, services for veterans, public health, child protection and science. As Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) recently made clear cutting non-defense discretionary (NDD) funding is not a viable strategy for addressing our nation’s fiscal issues. We agree and challenge advocates for research to speak up for the role of science in stabilizing our fiscal future. On The Bio Report podcast today, I...
February is AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month. Join the conversation on social media by sharing this blog post on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtags #AMDAwarenessMonth and #LowVisionMonth. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss among people aged 50 and older in developed countries. In the United States alone, the number of people with advanced AMD, is over 2 million. This number is expected to increase to 5.4 million by 2050. There is currently no cure for AMD, making it a major public health crisis. As with many kinds of vision loss, especially those involving the central visual field, it is easy to think of the disorder as a loss of acuity – reading...
Cardiovascular disease – including stroke – is the top killer of women, said Dr. Maria Duca of Virtua Health System Cardiology Group during a February 6 Women and Heart Health briefing organized by WomenHeart and the American Heart Association . “We are dying less in the last several years but we are still dying more than men,” Duca said. “It’s a women’s disease.” The briefing was one of many events that will take place nationwide in observance of American Heart Month in February. In particular, WomenHeart sought to educate women about their unique cardiovascular disease risk factors and provide them with the appropriate steps to take in addressing those factors. “Our mission is to empower...
Ahead of World Cancer Day on February 4, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) would like to thank the thousands of laboratory researchers, physician-scientists, healthcare professionals and patient advocates around the globe and recognize their commitment to increasing the number of cancer survivors who are alive today. In the U.S., thanks to decades of federally funded cancer research supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), we have seen a steady rise in the number of Americans who survive a cancer diagnosis. Our continued commitment to preventing and curing cancer comes at a time when, despite all the incredible progress...

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