U.S. Representative David Obey Receives Research!America Advocacy Award

Edwin C. Whitehead Award for Medical Research Advocacy

WASHINGTON—March 11, 2010—Today Research!America announced that it will present U.S. Congressman Dave Obey (D-WI) with the 2010 Edwin C. Whitehead Award for Medical Research Advocacy. The national award recognizes his commitment to medical and health research during his 21 terms in Congress.

Obey will be honored March 16, 2010, at the 14th Annual Research!America Advocacy Awards event at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC.

Throughout his 40 years in Congress representing Wisconsin's Seventh District, Obey has been a driving force behind strengthening federal investments in medical research and in expanding access to affordable health care. During his tenure, funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has grown from $1.1 billion in fiscal year 1969 to $31 billion in fiscal year 2010. These investments have led to many dramatic improvements in the country's health.

In addition, Obey led the effort in the House of Representatives to enact the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which included an unprecedented $10 billion investment in NIH to spur medical advances, support growth opportunities for the nation's research universities and provide economic stimulus opportunities.

His drive to improve access to affordable health care and public health has led to the construction of community health centers, improved medical services in rural areas, new vaccination campaigns and renewed efforts by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to prevent unnecessary hospital infections.

Obey is the Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations and serves as Chair of its Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies.

This award is funded by the Whitehead Charitable Foundation. Edwin C. Whitehead (1919-1992) worked to further medical research with the founding of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in 1982 and the founding of Research!America in 1989. His lifelong commitment to medical research continues today through his childrenSusan, John and Peterand their work with the Whitehead Institute, Research!America and other organizations.

Other 2010 Research!America Advocacy Award winners are J. David Gladstone Institutes Founding Director Robert Mahley, MD, PhD; March of Dimes; Geoffrey Beene Foundation Trustee and CEO G. Thompson Hutton, Esq.; California Institute for Regenerative Medicine board chair Robert Klein, JD; and advocate-philanthropist Ann Lurie.

Pictures of Congressman Obey and the Advocacy Awards event will be available on March 17 at www.researchamerica.org/march16.  

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 2010 Advocacy Awards represent Research!America's 14th 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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