Advocacy Drives Medical Progress Forward
Research!America president and CEO Mary Woolley penned an op-ed for The Huffington Post featuring ALS Association patient advocate Lorri Carey’s personal story regarding her battle with ALS. Woolley called for robust funding for the National Institutes of Health in FY17 to support research for ALS and other health threats.
Senate Innovations Bill
Research!America’s letter, signed by 160 organizations, to Senate HELP committee leadership in support of the Senate Innovations bill was featured in The Cancer Letter and POLITICO Pro.
Zika Research and Funding
In a National Geographic article about the state of U.S. preparedness for the Zika virus, Research!America board member Georges Benjamin, M.D., executive director of American Public Health Association (APHA), called for a more consistent approach in public health funding to support health departments. In a POLITICO Pro brief, Research!America was among the organizations included in a sign-on letter to Congress seeking emergency funding to combat Zika.
Immigration, Science and the Election
In a Nature magazine article about the anti-immigration positions of candidates and the impact on U.S. research dominance, Woolley voiced her support for diversity in the scientific community.
Research!America board member, Sudip Parikh, Ph.D., vice president and general manager of health and analytics at Battelle, wrote an op-ed for Health Affairs underscoring the need for more research to understand the health effects of e-cigarettes.
Global R&D Funding
Following the release of a Global Health Technologies Coalition report which called for doubling global investments in R&D, Woolley said that the request represents a small fraction of spending compared to other national priorities, such as U.S. homeland security, in a CNN article.
Gun Violence Research
In a JAMA article about the impact of the Dickey Amendment on gun violence research at federal health agencies, Woolley said the agencies differ in terms of budgeting for various types of research.
Research!America board member Elias Zerhouni, M.D., president, global research and development, Sanofi, was quoted in a Financial Times article about the World Health Organization’s endorsement of the use of a dengue fever vaccine in countries with high rates of illness.
In a letter to the editor published in Issues in Science and Technology, Woolley urged the scientific community to cultivate a culture that encourages public outreach and engagement.