The contributions of Research!America’s 2016 Advocacy Awards honorees have transformed medical research, advocacy for research, patient engagement and biotechnology. Their efforts have led to significant advances in cancer and Alzheimer’s research, the development of innovative technology, and created a groundswell of public support to find treatments and a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). These honorees will be recognized for their achievements in research advocacy at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. on March 16, 2016.
Harold Varmus, M.D., Nobel Laureate and Lewis Thomas University professor, Weill Cornell Medicine will receive the Legacy Award for his research on the genetic basis of cancer. Dr. Varmus has served as the director of the National Cancer Institute, president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and director of the National Institutes of Health.
Robert Langer, Sc.D., the David H. Koch Institute Professor at MIT, whose research that advanced the practice of medicine and changed the quality of people’s lives, has been selected to receive the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Award for Sustained National Leadership. John Noseworthy, M.D., president and CEO, Mayo Clinic, will receive the Geoffrey Beene Builders of Science Award for his leadership in extending the organization’s mission to new populations and efforts to increase the personalization of evidence-based care.
Trish and George Vradenburg, co-founders, UsAgainstAlzheimer’s (UsA2), will be recognized with the Gordon and Llura Gund Leadership Award for their tireless commitment to transforming how our society talks about and perceives individuals with Alzheimer’s. The Paul G. Rogers Distinguished Organization Advocacy Award will be given to The ALS Association, whose social media phenomenon, The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, raised millions of dollars for research to fight the disease.
Lisa Paulsen and The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) will be honored with the Isadore Rosenfeld Award for Impact on Public Opinion. Ms. Paulsen is the president and CEO of EIF, the collective philanthropy for the television and film businesses. Ms. Paulsen and EIF co-founded Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), through which more than $360 million has been pledged to support collaborative cancer research.
To learn more about the 20th Annual Advocacy Awards dinner visit www.researchamerica.org/advocacy_awards.