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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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Scientists go through rigorous training to learn skills necessary to perform quality research. We learn to properly create an experiment, analyze the data, and prepare it to be presented. Those data are often presented to other researchers who possess a similar knowledge base and technical lexicon. Unfortunately, little time and effort is devoted to teaching budding scientists how to deliver scientific messages to other audiences: a population larger than those within the academy. I was fortunate to attend a two-day workshop hosted by Research!America and George Washington University titled “Connecting the Dots: Effectively Communicating Science to Non-Scientists” on April 13 and 14. I...
Dear Research Advocate: The first 100 days of the 114th Congress have come and gone. In a national poll Research!America commissioned in January, we asked how important it was for the new Congress to take action in the first 100 days to assure more rapid discovery, development, and delivery of treatments and cures for diseases. More than a “super-majority” of Americans - 67% to be exact - said congressional action was important. Now that those 100 days have elapsed, the question is: what happened? Plenty. The 21st Century Cures initiative, a bipartisan effort to strengthen and speed the discovery, development, delivery feedback loop that drives medical progress, transitioned from discussion...
Do you know of an individual or organization whose advocacy for research has led to extraordinary advances in the prevention and treatment of disease and disabling conditions, and strengthened our nation’s leadership in science and technology? They may be ideal candidates for Research!America’s 2016 Advocacy Awards. The nomination process is underway for awards that recognize exceptional advocates including scientists, entrepreneurs, business leaders, patient advocates and other leaders in the research ecosystem. Deadline for nominations is Friday, May 22, 2015. To submit a nomination, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2016awardnominations . The five award categories are Geoffrey Beene...
I had the opportunity to attend Connecting the Dots: Effectively Communicating Science to Non-Scientists, which was a two-day conference at George Washington University hosted by Research!America. The Connecting the Dots workshop happened to coincide with a scheduled trip to Washington D.C. where I would be visiting the National Institutes of Health. I was keen to learn more about what Research!America is doing and hopefully hone some of my skills for interacting with non-scientists, particularly in light of the current state of funding, and the sometimes tenuous perceptions of science held by the public. The workshop pulled together a number of necessary competencies for having impactful...
Louisiana State University (LSU), a land-, sea-, and space-grant institution, is the only public Carnegie designated Research Extensive University in Louisiana. With more than 2,000 funded research projects underway at any given time, LSU has developed a research strategy centered on enhancing, expanding and positively impacting the intellectual enterprise, cultural resources, and economic activities in Louisiana, the nation and the world. LSU’s research focus areas include materials science and engineering, coastal sustainability and environment, conventional and renewable energy, high performance computing, biotechnology and biomedical research, communication and expression, and...
Research!America and the Executive and Professional Education program at George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) co-hosted the two-day workshop, “Connecting the Dots: Effectively Communicating Science to non-scientists,” on April 13-14 at the Milken School of Public Health on the campus of George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Read the summary here and view the photos here .
Dear Research Advocate: Yesterday, as most Americans paid their 2014 taxes, Congress faced and missed a different deadline: finding common ground between the House and Senate’s budgets to create conference agreement on the budget resolution which informs the top-line numbers for the appropriations process. While the budget resolution is largely symbolic, it absolutely sets the tone for the political and policy machinations that fund federal agencies and programs. One of Research!America’s priorities is to assure that Senate Amendment No. 1099, offered by Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) and passed on a bipartisan basis in the Senate budget, is included in the conference budget. The amendment,...
April is National Minority Health Month. This year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are highlighting efforts to eliminate health disparities with the theme 30 Years of Advancing Health Equity, The Heckler Report: A force for Ending Disparities in America . Health disparity refers to a systematic difference in the health status of populations, often measured by mortality, disability, or morbidity, and caused by various personal, social, and environmental factors. The existence and challenges of health disparities among racial and ethnic groups in the United States were first acknowledged in the Heckler Report in 1985...
Dear Research Advocate: The short answer to what defense and public health have in common is that they are critical long-term investments for the nation. We have been hearing a lot of talk about funding increased investment in defense by taking it "off budget," and now former House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor, is calling for the same approach for investment in research. Cantor made the case today in the Huffington Post for increasing non-defense discretionary spending, specifically by increasing scientific and medical research, citing the “stimulative” economic power of innovation and basic research. Former Majority Leader Cantor’s call may resonate particularly strongly in the current...
This week, communities across the country are celebrating National Public Health Week . This annual observance recognizes the invaluable work public health professionals contribute to keeping our communities healthy and safe. It also reminds us of the importance of prevention in ensuring the health of our nation. We face a growing burden of chronic disease that is clearly unsustainable. Largely preventable conditions like heart disease, diabetes and stroke are taking too great a toll in lives and investments lost. We must reduce rates of disease and disability if we hope to create a healthier nation. Conducting research that promotes health and prevents disease is an important step in the...

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