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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: In the multi-faceted context of discouraging new data that shows an increasing incidence of suicide, rapidly rising prescription drug abuse, and widespread pain and suffering due to the heroin epidemic, the House is working on legislation to address opioid abuse , approving more than a dozen bills that will be packaged and considered on the floor in early May. This is important bipartisan progress in combating challenges of frightening scope, extending beyond addressing addiction and abuse to effectively meeting the challenge of chronic pain. Even as we commit to working harder to activate what we know works in terms of prevention and treatment, we must learn much...
Why Research is Needed Now to Stop the Progression of Parkinson’s Disease Not long ago, as I approached middle age, I started feeling like I hit a wall. It didn’t make sense to me. At age 40 I set out on a path to be healthy at age 50, both physically and emotionally. I knew a lot of people who burned out at 50 and I wasn’t going to be one of them. I exercised regularly and ate a healthy diet heavy on fruits and vegetables. I had a strong support network both at home and work. Looking from the outside everything was great – our family was all healthy, our business had recovered from the great recession and everything seemed to be going my way both personally and professionally. Still,...
Dear Research Advocate: On Monday, the White House provided policymakers with an updated request for Zika funding, keeping the same top-line number of $1.9 billion but directing more resources toward vaccine research. On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told press he did not expect any opposition in addressing this “fairly significant public health crisis.” The need for Zika funding, and increased global health funding at large, was made even more evident this week with the release of a Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC) report outlining the need for the U.S. to robustly invest in global R&D. I had the opportunity to discuss the report with CNN -- check...
Dear Research Advocate: The CDC has concluded that a causal relationship exists between the Zika virus and microcephaly. Earlier this week, Congress passed a law providing incentives for private sector development of Zika vaccines and treatments. But responding to threats like Zika is a resource-intensive, multi-pronged process. We are working with the March of Dimes and other partners to fight for emergency funding. Interested in joining this effort? Let me know! The Senate Appropriations Committee has parsed the overall FY17 discretionary budget into “302(b)” allocations for its various subcommittees. Given that the topline numbers are virtually flat, it is not particularly surprising...
Founded : 2008 Location : Washington, D.C. Mission : Conduct intervention and policy research to make a public health impact on preventing the premature deaths and disease burden of tobacco use behavior. The Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies at Truth Initiative conducts tobacco control research with a clear and specific public health impact. Using a transdisciplinary “team science” approach, we work collaboratively with scientists, practitioners, policymakers and other stakeholders to strengthen the science of tobacco control implementation, dissemination and policy. Our vision is to use research to achieve a culture where all youth and young adults reject tobacco...
Dear Research Advocate: A report out this week by United Health Foundation concluded that an astonishing 72% of Americans have at least one of the five most impactful “unhealthy behaviors” (smoking, physical inactivity, insufficient sleep, excessive drinking or obesity). A White House report out this week quantifies the massive public health threat brought on by climate change and outlines the emerging issues, supporting evidence and the research required to curb these predicted effects. The need for improved public health is more evident then ever, and public health research is the best way to develop evidence-based, outcome-oriented interventions. Good thing it’s National Public Health...
This article appeared online on The Huffington Post blog. Twelve years ago on Friday the 13th, Lorri Carey’s life changed forever. Her neurologist asked during one of her appointments “what do you know about ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)?” Carey was a healthy and active 37-year-old with a rewarding sales career, supportive husband and two sons when her health had taken a mysterious turn. Carey knew her symptoms matched ALS, but the only thing she remembered about ALS from her research was that it was fatal. And in fact, she was told she only had two to five years to live. “The toughest part was telling my two sons who were eleven and thirteen that I was going to die. When ALS hits a...
President Obama’s decree proclaiming April 4 – 10 National Public Health Week focuses on several key objective: stemming the tide of infectious disease like Zika; improving access to healthcare domestically and globally; promoting healthy behaviors in adolescents; preventing opioid and illicit drug abuse; decreasing gun violence; addressing climate change-related health issues; and improving access to mental health resources. National Public Health week is an opportunity to reflect on the pivotal role public health research and practice play in advancing the wellbeing of Americans and populations across the globe, and recognize the individuals, organizations and agencies that carry out...
Despite the tremendous improvements in health we’ve made in the 20th century, Americans live shorter lives and suffer worse health outcomes than people in many other high-income countries. That’s why this week, during National Public Health Week , the American Public Health Association, Research America and hundreds of partners across the country are rallying around a goal of making the U.S. the Healthiest Nation in One Generation — by 2030. We're building a national movement of people, communities and organizations working to ensure conditions where everyone has the opportunity to be healthy. While maintaining a healthy lifestyle and having access to health insurance are critical...
The April 2016 issue of The Research Advocate is now online . Highlights from this month include : A summary of Research!America's 27th Annual Meeting of Members and Advocacy Awards Dinner, including a special insert on the award honorees. Federal policy update, including information on the appropriations process for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF) and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Member spotlight featuring the University of North Texas Health Science Center . Learn more about the Parkinson's Disease Foundation You Can Help Us #EndParkinsons campaign, which launched in April for Parkinson's Awareness Month. Pfizer has...

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The capabilities are enormous, a little bit of research can pay off quite a bit in the long run.
Paul D’ Addario, retinitis pigmentosa patient