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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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As 2016 comes to a close, we’re taking a look back at our 10 most popular blog posts (based on page views) for the year! The posts cover a wide range of topics including basic and clinical research, public health, mental health and the 21 st Century Cures legislation. We thank our distinguished group of guest bloggers including young researchers, academics, industry experts, public health professionals, and patient advocates who are united in their support for stronger investments in research and innovation to combat diseases and build a safer, healthier nation. 1) NIH Plan to Expedite Lupus Treatments and Cures January 29 : In our most-read post of the year, Sandra C. Raymond, president...
Dear Research Advocate, As I reflect on the accomplishments of the year for advocacy for research and innovation, the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act is foremost in my mind, but more work lies ahead as it is executed and more work broadly speaking, to ensure that research for health -- and science and innovation overall -- is treated as a top national priority for the incoming Administration and Congress. I discussed this at UConn’s Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) Kavli Seminar last week, emphasizing that all of us who care about our scientific enterprise must step up our engagement with decision-makers. I invite you to view the presentation or...
Smoking rates, the number of uninsured Americans, and preventable hospitalizations among Medicare beneficiaries are all down, according to United Heath Foundation’s latest America’s Health Rankings report. But those gains are undercut by a sharp rise in obesity and deaths from drug- and cardiovascular-related ailments. The 2016 report shows a 9% increase in drug deaths over the past five years, and a 4% increase in drug deaths over the past year alone nationwide. This is in part attributed to a growing opioid epidemic that lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle hope to stem with $500 million in funds from the new 21 st Century Cures Act. Cardiovascular deaths also increased, for the...
Congressional passage of the 21 st Century Cures bill “is proof that advocacy works,” says Research!America president and CEO Mary Woolley. She stressed the importance of scientists cultivating relationships with the new Administration and new Congress to increase support for the scientific enterprise during a presentation at the University of Connecticut on December 16. The presentation, titled “Your Role in Changing Hearts and Minds for Science,” was part of a seminar series organized by the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) and supported by a grant from the Kavli Foundation . CICATS is a partnership between the University of Connecticut, regional...
Dear Research Advocate, On Tuesday, I had the great honor of attending the bill signing for the 21st Century Cures Act (21stCC). It was particularly meaningful that this bill crossed the finish line during Vice President Biden’s tenure. His determination to deliver other families from the cancer tragedy experienced by his own lent a special strength to our collective efforts over a protracted period of congressional debate. If we continue to channel the Vice President’s level of commitment and determination, we can ensure that achieving faster medical progress remains at the forefront of national priorities. As you know (but it never hurts to reaffirm), it is important, but not sufficient,...
New leadership in the White House means new leadership in key government positions such as those at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which houses the Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers ( TCC ) for Health Disparities Research Program. Through this program, the TCC supports academic, community, and government coalitions that research social determinants and analyze various health- or non-health-related policies that affect health disparities. Social determinants, such as education, income, and community conditions — which are often tied to race and ethnicity — play a significant role in why certain communities experience higher rates of infant mortality , diabetes , stroke ,...
In an exclusive Q&A, Lynn Goldman, M.D., MPH, Michael and Lori Milken Dean of Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University talks to Research!America about the achievements and gaps in the field of public health . You’ve published a paper as part of the Institute of Medicine’s Vital Directions initiative that says we have a long way to go to strengthen our public health system. Why is a strong public health system so important? Despite the fact that we spend a disproportionate amount of our GDP per capita on health and health care in this country, we do not enjoy the highest level of health as measured by basic metrics like life expectancy and infant...
​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...
Tweet Follow @ResearchAmerica 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...
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...

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