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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, 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...
“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...
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...
Dear Research Advocate, I’m sure you’ve heard that the House passed an ACA replacement bill today. In addition to the significant implications for health care access, the bill would repeal the medical device tax and, tragically, eliminate the Prevention and Public Health Fund. As written, this bill likely cannot pass the Senate. Beyond that, the only bet I would take when it comes to repeal/replace is that there are no safe bets... On to research funding: After months and months of hard work by Congress and advocates, an FY17 appropriations deal providing a $2 billion increase for NIH and modest increases for NSF and FDA is on track to become law. While the news is not 100% positive (e.g...
The University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN) is a research-intensive school and our scientists investigate diverse topics that have tremendous implications for patients. In the past year, we submitted 140 grant applications to federal agencies, foundations, and internal funding sources. Our success rate across agencies averages around 33%, well beyond the 5-15% rate seen among the various NIH institutes. We increased our funding by almost three million dollars this year and have a total research funding level of 47 million dollars. But beyond the facts and figures of funding is the impact of our research. We have projects that challenge stereotypes about the role of nursing while...
Seven years ago, I moved to Baltimore to begin my neuroscience Ph.D. studies at Johns Hopkins University, conducting science research funded by the NIH and NSF on how brain cells form connections with one another. These networks of cells are thought to be the basis of memory, and improper network formation could lead to cognitive disorders. We have utilized our knowledge of these mechanisms to diagnose and treat a variety of disorders caused by faulty cell-to-cell connections. As a student, I also found a passion in advocating for science. To improve my own communication skills, I founded Project Bridge, a student-led organization to foster public interest in science research by connecting...
Less than 20% of African-Americans, Hispanics and Asians in the U.S. say they or a family member have ever participated in clinical trials, according to a survey commissioned by Research!America. This lack of inclusion of minority patients can negatively impact the quality of care provided to these patients and ultimately contribute to health disparities. Oftentimes, much of the data supporting approval of new drugs in America is based on clinical trials in non-U.S. populations that poorly reflect American diversity. The lack of U.S. data is, in large part, due to the “difficulty” in recruiting American patients to clinical trials, and represents a barrier to precision medicine. Project...

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