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Research and development involves collaboration, investments and risk to ensure new treatments benefit patients, according to panelists at a Capitol Hill briefing on February 14 hosted by Research!America and the Congressional R&D Caucus. The briefing “Medical Innovation 101” highlighted various aspects of the research continuum from basic to post-market research.
If you had an opportunity to include public health priorities in the next president’s inaugural or State of the Union address, what would they be? Building healthier communities and increasing investments in public health research to understand the root causes of health challenges were among the recommendations of panelists at a town hall moderated by Research!America president and CEO Mary Woolley at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting on Monday, October 31.
Recent research suggests that oral health is closely tied to overall physical health, and poor oral health could play a role in a wide range of diseases like diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. As such, it is becoming clear that obtaining good oral healthcare services is just as important as getting quality medical care. However, 1 in 5 Americans 65 and older have untreated cavities, and over 70% have periodontal disease.
“The biomedical research enterprise underpins the health of the nation and much of the world, and is in dire need of substantial infusion to meet the great medical needs of our time,” said William N. Hait, M.D., Ph.D.
Elected officials, business leaders, university presidents from across the state, leaders of biotech companies and nationally-ranked medical centers, and research scientists came together to discuss public-private partnerships and other initiatives that maximize the impact of medical research on the local and national economy, and benefit the health of citizens.
“We need to preserve and promote our science--in all of its forms-- because it represents the best of what we have been-- and must continue to be--as a nation,” according to Nobel Laureate Harold Varmus, M.D.
More than 1.6 million people developed cancer in the U.S. in 2015, and 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer over the course of their lives. Cancer also has a major fiscal impact: the economic burden totaled $263.8 billion in 2013, translating to nearly $900 per American.
Research conducted at Louisiana institutions benefits not only those in the state but also people across the country, said Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) during his opening remarks at the Louisiana Research Summit held on February 16 at the University Medical Center in New Orleans.
Where is science taking us and how do we leverage the opportunities before us to advance medical progress?  Leaders representing various sectors of the research community expressed their views on legislative and regulatory issues, and our nation's research infrastructure at Research!America’s 2015 National Health Forum Thursday, September 10 at the Newseum in Washington, DC. 
“From Discovery to Delivery: Research at Work Against Heart Disease,” a briefing co-hosted by Research!America, The American Heart Association, and WomenHeart took place on Tuesday, April 28.

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You can change the image of things to come. But you can’t do it sitting on your hands … The science community should reach out to Congress and build bridges.
The Honorable John E. Porter