Sequestration Report Shows Potential Threat toResearch
Several media outlets wrote articles about Research!America's report, "Sequestration: Health Research at the Breaking Point," released in May, including PoliticoPro, CQ Healthbeat and The Hill. The report demonstrates the damaging consequences of potential automatic spending cuts to medical research and public health and illustrates how these cuts could slow medical progress.
A More Efficient Drug Approval Process
An op-ed in The Hill and written by Research!America Board members Mark McClellan,MD, PhD, director of the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the BrookingsInstitution, and Ellen Sigal, PhD, chairperson and founder of Friends ofCancer Research, focused on how the Food and Drug Administrationcould work more strategically in the release of new "breakthrough" treatments.
Letters to the Editor on Research and Prematurity
Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley had a letter to the editor published in The New YorkTimes on May 30. Woolley responded to an article about highly skilled workers training in the U.S. but leaving after college to pursue opportunities abroad. "It's no surprise that expatriates are returning home to countries that are aggressively ramping up their investments in research and development as our nation's commitment to the research enterprise continues to fall short," she wrote.
The Charlotte (NC) News & Observer published a letter to the editor from Suzanne Wilkison, president of the North CarolinaAssociation for Biomedical Research, urging congressional candidates to state their views on research.
A letter to the editor, written by Billie LouShort, MD, chief of the Division of Neonatology at Children's National Medical Center and researcher at the Children's Research Institute in Washington, DC, appeared in USA Today in response to the newspaper's article, "More than 1 in 10 babies born premature."
Stimulating Research Advocacy at Universities
During Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley's visits to the University ofNebraska Medical Center, NebraskaCoalition for Lifesaving Cures and Oregon Health& Science University, the Omaha World-Herald and PortlandBusiness Journal covered the visits and described the need for more advocacy from scientists and the possible consequences of sequestration.
Global Health Event in New York
Research!America's global health event in New York City and new state poll were featured in Nature Medicine's blog, Spoonful of Medicine; HIVe Vaccine Enterprise;Science Newsline Medicine; Medical Xpress; Science Codex and The Center for Global Health Policy's Science Speaks.
Shawn LawrenceOtto, cofounder of ScienceDebate.org, described some of the findings in the Research!America national poll on Americans' attitudes about faith and science in The HuffingtonPost. The article and the poll, cosponsored by ScienceDebate.org, showed that the overwhelming majority of American voters want candidates to talk about science.