Disputing Scientific Facts
Research!America Chair Emeritus The Honorable John Edward Porter said scientific facts cannot be disputed in a letter to the editor published in The Washington Post in response to an article about a new Florida law that allows residents to challenge what is taught in science classes. “Instructional science materials must continue to reflect the evidence and rigorous data supported by scientists and scientific organizations that generate, test and evaluate ideas that contribute to our knowledge base.”
President Trump’s Proposed FY18 Research Budget
Research!America president and CEO Mary Woolley was quoted in The Washington Post, POLITICO Pro, The Scientist, The Hill, and Chemistry World regarding President Trump’s FY18 budget proposal. Woolley penned a letter to the editor in the Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne IN) opposing the proposed cuts to research. Research!America VP of Communications Suzanne Ffolkes was also quoted in STAT about the consequences of President Trump’s budget cuts to research.
In a Modern Healthcare article, Research!America board member Georges Benjamin, M.D., executive director of the American Public Health Association, discussed the impact of the president’s proposed budget cuts to public health programs. Research!America board members Rush Holt, Ph.D., CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Elias Zerhouni, M.D., president of global research & development at Sanofi wrote an op-ed in The Hill urging Congress to protect R&D investments.
Research!America board member Sudip Parikh, Ph.D., senior vice president and managing director for DIA Americas, was quoted in a BloombergBNA article about the impact of the health care debate on the public health and prevention fund, NIH and opioid prevention and treatment programs. Research!America VP of Policy and Advocacy Ellie Dehoney was also quoted about FDA user fee legislation.
Federal Health Agency Leaders
Keith R. Yamamoto, Ph.D., Research!America board member and executive vice dean of the school of medicine at University of California, San Francisco, was quoted in Science magazine about Dr. Francis Collins continuing his role as director of the NIH. TIME magazine quoted Georges Benjamin, M.D., about the new CDC director, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald. Woolley was quoted in a Lancet article in support of Dr. Collins as NIH director and Dehoney was quoted in a Modern Healthcare article about the new director for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Mr. Gopal Khanna.
Research!America board member Lucinda Maine, Ph.D., R.Ph., executive vice president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), penned a Drug Topics editorial about contemporary pharmacy education.
Smoking and Health
In a Men’s Health magazine article, E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., MBA, dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Research!America board member, discussed results of a recent UMD research study which confirmed the serious health risks associated with secondhand smoke.