ABC News Anchor Bob Woodruff Honored With Research!America Advocacy Award

Isadore Rosenfeld Award for Impact on Public Opinion

WoodruffWASHINGTON—March 24, 2009—Bob Woodruff, ABC News anchor, will receive Research!America's 2009 Isadore Rosenfeld Award for Impact on Public Opinion. The award recognizes his achievements in raising awareness about traumatic brain injuries and cognitive rehabilitation research.

Woodruff will be honored tonight at the 13th Annual Research!America Advocacy Awards at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC.

After suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI) from a roadside bomb while reporting on security forces in Iraq, Woodruff underwent a 13-month recovery. He returned to ABC News in 2007 with an hour-long report, "To Iraq and Back: Bob Woodruff Reports." He has reached millions with his continuing coverage of TBI and the service people returning from Iraq and Afghanistan afflicted with these injuries. Woodruff has worked with his wife to raise awareness about TBI research and treatment by co-authoring a memoir In An Instant and founding the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

Woodruff is a renowned reporter, having covered the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, the 2004 Asian tsunami and the Iraq war, among other national and international events. He was part of the news teams that received the Alfred I. duPont Award and the George Foster Peabody Award, two of the highest honors in broadcast journalism.

Award benefactor Isadore Rosenfeld, MD, of Weill Cornell Medical Center, is widely recognized as one of the country's preeminent physicians. He is the best-selling author of numerous health-related books, a nationally recognized health news commentator and a Research!America emeritus director.

Other 2009 Research!America Advocacy Award winners are House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; Senator Arlen Specter; former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, MD, ScD; Stowers Institute founders James E. Stowers Jr. and Virginia G. Stowers; Nobel Laureate David Baltimore, PhD; and the Genetic Alliance.

Research!America is the nation's largest not-for-profit public education and advocacy alliance working to make research to improve health a higher national priority. The 2009 Advocacy Awards represent Research!America's 13th year of recognizing the accomplishments of leading advocates for medical and health research. For more information, visit: www.researchamerica.org/advocacy_awards.

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