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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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Dear Research Advocate, Last Friday, I joined ASM CEO Stefano Bertuzzi and Georgetown McDonough School of Business professor and social marketing guru Bill Novelli in a lively session on advocacy for science. Bill emphasized the pivotal role strong leaders play in securing paradigm shifts such as a cultural shift in the value Americans assign to science and innovation. I thought of this when the welcome news broke that President Trump reappointed Dr. Francis Collins as NIH Director. Dr. Collins is second to none in his ability to connect the dots for the public and policymakers on the wide-ranging impact of research and innovation. More good news: the House E&C Committee passed the FDA...
Dear Research Advocate, Word of a plan to pass an FY18 omnibus bill in the House by the end of July has surfaced . The plan would require the House to rapidly draft, mark up and stitch together 12 appropriations bills. If House leadership takes this route, it is unclear what overall budget numbers they would work from; rumor has it they may adhere relatively closely to the “sequestration” budget caps established in 2011. Ironically, that would be significantly better than the president’s budget but, as I discussed last week , far worse than what is needed: an agreement to raise the caps and permit more budget flexibility. Call your members of Congress to make the case ; and follow up with a...
Dear Research Advocate, The news is concerning. President Trump’s proposed FY18 budget , released on Tuesday, fails to embrace national priorities including research and innovation that directly impact health, economic prosperity and national security. Steep cuts for federal research and health agencies run counter to American values and public expectations that research be put to work at the level of scientific opportunity, in order to advance health and quality of life and to drive the economy. The president’s proposed budget cuts $1.7 trillion over 10 years, almost all of it from non-defense discretionary programs. The FY18 budget proposes cuts of $7.2 billion or 21% for NIH; $1.2...
Diseases know no borders, as we’ve seen with Ebola, Zika, bird flu, SARS and other infectious disease outbreaks. The Fogarty Center is on the front-lines, creating local capacity to detect and address pandemics where they occur and forging partnerships that keep U.S. scientists on the cutting-edge of research globally. On May 25, Research!America, Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), and American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) hosted a webinar on the vital role the FIC plays in global health outbreaks and more. To view the webinar, click here .
Dear Research Advocate, During a visit today to Augusta University, which is home to the former Medical College of Georgia, I heard grad students distill their multiple-hour thesis presentations into 3 minutes. You may be familiar with the “ 3MT ” concept, but this was my first experience of it. What a terrific grounding for researchers who want to engage in public outreach and advocacy! I also heard-- not for the first time-- that grad students in science want communications training, but rarely receive it. More widespread adoption of 3MT would undoubtedly help bridge that gap. During a House Labor-H Subcommittee hearing this week focused on NIH, champions from both sides of the aisle...
The Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group (PCRC) conducts high-impact palliative care research to help improve quality of life for patients with life-threatening conditions. One example of the PCRC’s research is a recent randomized controlled trial which found that discontinuing statins among patients in the last three months of life did not significantly change survival rates. In fact, patients whose statins were discontinued reported higher quality of life and lower costs than those who continued taking the drugs. This study directly impacted care by guiding clinicians on how to develop statin regimens for patients near the end of life. "Most of the studies focus on when to start a...
Dear Research Advocate, I hope you had an opportunity to read America’s ‘Miracle Machine’ is in desperate need of, well, a miracle in last Friday’s Washington Post. The authors, Eric S. Lander and Eric E. Schmidt, build a case for “investing in curiosity about the natural world” that exemplifies advocacy at its most compelling. The term “aha moment” may be overused, but it applies to this commentary as surely as it does to President Franklin Roosevelt’s remarks on the dedication of the NIH’s then-new campus in 1940, when he proclaimed: “We cannot be a strong nation unless we are a healthy nation. And so we must recruit not only men and materials, but also knowledge and science in the...
The College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University is honored to celebrate National Nurses Week from May 6–12. With over 10,000 of our BSN, MSN, PhD and DNP graduates serving throughout the workforce, the education and expertise we provide is experienced by patients across the country. And while our faculty are nationally-renowned for these efforts, they also understand the vital importance of nursing research. In 2013, CONHI recorded $5 million in research expenditures. By 2017 that number climbed to $12 million and by 2020, we expect to have as much as $20 million in research expenditures. That’s the sort of culture we want to cultivate here, where faculty pass on...
The May/June 2017 Research Advocate is now online . Highlights from this month include: Hundreds of thousands of scientists and science enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds participated in the March for Science on April 22 in more than 600 cities worldwide. As a partner in the global grassroots movement, Research!America staff participated in marches in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, CA, Oklahoma City, OK, and Salt Lake City, UT. A video featuring Research!America president and CEO Mary Woolley and science policy fellow Anna Hatch, Ph.D., was shown during the event Research!America is hosting an interactive panel discussion, A World Without Disease: Can We Get There? , on June 20 at the...
“Research led by nurses plays a vital role in integrating patient, provider, and system level interventions that improve care and outcomes for vulnerable and underserved populations,” said Martha N. Hill, RN, Ph.D. , Dean Emerita and Professor of Nursing, Medicine, and Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University and Research!America board member. “They are on the frontlines of cutting-edge research aimed at tackling chronic health conditions and psycho-sociodemographic threats to improve quality of life for all Americans.” "Now more than ever, the world needs confident, competent and credentialed nurses to improve patient outcomes," said Patricia Davidson, Ph.D., MEd., RN, FAAN , dean of...

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