Straight Talk: New Thinking on Tough Challenges

Register for the 2016 National Health Research Forum, Thursday, September 8.


Research!America’s National Health Research Forum is designed to take an unvarnished look at issues that are sometimes controversial, undeniably complex, and always important to the wellbeing of our nation, our economy, and most importantly, patients. Is medical progress living up to the expectations of Americans? Are we aiming high enough to find solutions?  What are the obstacles? Given the uncertainties around this election season and the transition ahead, it is especially important to stay focused and stay aligned when making the case for science and for medical progress.

The 2016 National Health Research Forum will start with a reserved seating luncheon where sponsors are seated with agency heads, panelists, and Research!America Board Members. During lunch will be panel discussions, each followed by a Q&A session. 

View a summary, videos and photos from the 2015 National Health Research Forum online here


Thursday, September 8, 2016

11:30 pm – 3:00 pm Registration, panel discussions, audience Q&A

Newseum Knight Conference Center

555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Washington, DC 20001


Confirmed panelists include:

Hortensia Amaro, Ph.D., Associate Vice Provost for Community Research Initiatives and Dean's Professor of Social Work and Preventative Medicine, University of Southern California 

Andrew B. Bindman, M.D., Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 

Robert M. Califf, M.D., Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

France A. Córdova, Ph.D., Director, National Science Foundation (NSF)

John W. Danaher, M.D., MBA, President, Elsevier Education, Elsevier

Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., MPH, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Emil Kakkis, M.D., Ph.D., President and Founder, EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases

The Honorable Kweisi Mfume, former U.S. Representative, 1987-1996

Gary A. Puckrein, Ph.D., President and CEO, National Minority Quality Forum

Keith R. Yamamoto, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Science Policy and Strategy; Vice Dean for Research, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco 


Natalie Azar, M.D., NBC News medical contributor

Nsikan Akpan, digital science producer, PBS Newshour

Geneva Overholser, senior fellow and consultant, Democracy Fund, former syndicated columnist and editor for The Washington Post, The New York Times and Des Moines Register

The three panels will look at current and emerging medical innovation including the roles of basic, clinical, and health delivery research in meeting opportunities such as the cancer moonshot and BRAIN initiative, how the value of innovation is perceived by research stakeholders, the role of prevention and public health in forestalling epidemics and overcome growing threats like antibiotic resistance, and the role of regulatory science in delivering on the promise of regenerative medicine, precision medicine and other breakthrough science.

Don’t be left out of this conversation because it only happens here, once a year!

The audience is comprised of top leadership and senior staff in the areas of research, policy, government affairs and communications at academic medical centers, research institutions, government agencies, congressional offices, voluntary/patient advocacy groups, associations and think tanks — including many of Research!America’s distinguished board of directors. This distinguished audience will hear from panelists, and interact in Q&A and conversation around important topics like activating effective public private partnerships in the fight for faster medical progress, addressing current public health epidemics, and the FDA’s crucial and challenging role in delivering on the promise of breakthrough science.

National, regional and trade media have covered the event including The Hill, CQ Roll Call, Nature, Science, Modern Healthcare, The Pink Sheet, The Scientist, and C-Span, which offered live and repeat broadcasts. WebMD has live streamed the event and posted highlights online.  

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