Closing the Empathy Gap
Research!America president and CEO Mary Woolley penned an op-ed for The Huffington Post about Americans’ desire for their candidates to elevate the priority of research. “One issue that a majority of Americans can agree on is advancing research to combat deadly and debilitating diseases. It would be both refreshing and well-received if candidates for President and Congress were to elevate medical progress in conversations with voters,” she wrote.
20 Science Questions for Presidential Candidates
Research!America was mentioned in several media outlets including POLITICO Pro, BioScience Technology and on NPR’s Science Friday for partnering with ScienceDebate.org and other groups to urge presidential candidates to respond to a science questionnaire.
Research!America board member Rush D. Holt, Ph.D., CEO, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), was quoted in The Washington Post, Washington Examiner and other media outlets about the questionnaire.
Medical Research and Collaboration
The Sullivan Alliance published an op-ed by Mary Woolley and Jay A. Gershen, DDS, Ph.D., president, Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) about how health facilities and research institutions can partner with government and industry to improve the health of citizens.
Research!America vice president of communications Suzanne Ffolkes, was quoted in an Bloomberg BNA article about Hillary Clinton’s promise to continue Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative.
In a Healthcare Finance article about an Aetna letter sent to the top 1 percent of physician opioid prescribers, Research!America Board Member Harold L. Paz, M.D., M.S., EVP and CMO, Aetna, said the letter is part of a company initiative to share best practices for prescribing opioids and to help doctors understand how their opioid-prescribing habits compare to those of their peers.
Party Platforms and Conventions
A podcast from The Lancet featured comments from Mary Woolley about Hillary Clinton’s track record on research for health and the Democratic platform. She was also quoted in the publication about science and research in the Democratic Party platform and in comments at the Democratic national convention.
NPR’s Marketplace aired a story featuring Suzanne Ffolkes about advocates and lobbyists cultivating relationships at political conventions. “You never know when you might meet some influencers [in research for health] who you can work with in the future,” she said.
Funding Zika Research
In a Bloomberg BNA article about Zika virus funding running out in September, Mary Woolley underscored the urgency to increase resources for disease surveillance, treatment and prevention. “We must put research to work if we want to eliminate this public health threat,” she said.