Member Spotlight Archive

Founded:
February 25, 1847
Mission:
The conduct of research, scholarship and creative activities is at the core of The University of Iowa's multiple missions of education, research, service and outreach to the state, region, nation and beyond.
The University of Iowa (UI) has long been recognized as a leader in fields as diverse as health care, the sciences, humanities and the arts, in interdisciplinary studies and in the recognition of creative activities in awarding advanced degrees. The research enterprise is an essential element of the university's identity as one of the most distinguished public research universities in the United States.
Founded:
2004, building opened 2008
Mission:
To translate the promise of genomics into all practical realms-medical, educational, agricultural and commercial-in order to improve our lives.
HudsonAlpha began with biotech entrepreneur Jim Hudson and the philanthropic Alpha Foundation, set up by Lonnie McMillian. With other leaders and more than $80 million in private donations, Hudson and McMillian built a nonprofit research organization that not only advances the life sciences but fosters the collaborations necessary to speed the movement of discoveries out of research labs into patient care. An additional $50 million came from then-Alabama Gov. Bob Riley in August 2005.
Founded:
1954
Mission:
To advance the global orthopaedic research agenda through excellence in research, education, collaboration, communication and advocacy.
The Orthopaedic Research Society recently held its 60th annual meeting in New Orleans; the four-day event welcomed more than 3,000 attendees. (The original annual meeting was one day, and eight were in attendance.) ORS is comprised of around 2,900 members; slightly more than 2,000 are based in the U.S. Most are bioengineers, orthopaedic surgeons, biologists and veterinarians.
Founded:
1998
Mission:
To make kids better today and healthier tomorrow.
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta grew out of the merger of Egleston Children's Health Care System and Scottish Rite Medical Center in 1998. In the years since, it has grown in scope-in 2012, Children's treated patients from all 159 counties in Georgia-and in scale: The addition of Hughes Spalding Children's Hospital in downtown Atlanta gives Children's three hospitals, along with 20 neighborhood locations and access to more than 1,700 pediatric physicians, representing more than 60 pediatric specialties and programs.
Founded:
2005
Mission:
Fight Colorectal Cancer demands a cure for colon and rectal cancer. We educate and support patients, push for changes in policy that will increase and improve research and empower survivors and those touched by cancer to raise their voices against the status quo.
Since its beginning Fight Colorectal Cancer-formally The Colorectal Cancer Coalition (C3)-in 2005, advocacy has been the key component of its mission. When founder and chair Nancy Roach established the organization, it was because she saw an unfilled need for advocacy for colorectal cancer. And that advocacy is certainly needed; according to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common form of cancer.
Founded:
1889
Mission:
Is to serve as New Mexico's flagship institution of higher learning through demonstrated and growing excellence in teaching, research, patient care, and community service.
By almost 23 years, the University of New Mexico (UNM) predates statehood: The school was founded in 1889 by an act of the Territory of New Mexico. By the mid-20th century, UNM was well established in the medical sciences; in 1994, the school opened its Health Sciences Center (HSC). Today, the HSC features a designated cancer center and 15 academic programs, including medicine, nursing and pharmacy.
Founded:
1997
In 1997, a year after the gene that causes Friedreich's ataxia was identified, Ron and Raychel Bartek received the diagnosis of their son, Keith, and discovered that there was no treatment for the disease and no group dedicated to finding one. So they started Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA). Since then, FARA alone has funded more than $20 million in research on the disease and helped secure a similar amount from co-funding organizations.
Founded:
1999
When the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network was founded in 1999, the 5-year relative survival rate was 5.3%, according to National Cancer Institute statistics. In the intervening years, the survival rate has remained stubbornly low. What is different is awareness: Today, more research is being conducted by more scientists, and the pancreatic cancer advocacy community has never been bigger. So too for Manhattan Beach, CA-based Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, which hired its first employee in 2000 and will soon hire its 100th.
Founded:
2002
Founded in 2002, the Association of Clinical Research Organizations-ACRO-began with five institutional members and currently has eight, all of which are in the private sector; those eight companies are far and away the giants of the industry. Though academic and nonprofit organizations are not prohibited from becoming ACRO members, ACRO is focused on the private sector.
Founded:
1876
From the beginning, the American Chemical Society has had a tie to medicine: It was founded in 1876 by 35 chemists at the College of Pharmacy of the City of New York. Chemistry in the pursuit of health remains a focus for ACS and its membership-now more than 163,000. The organization employs nearly 2,000 people; most work to produce the organization's more than 40 peer-reviewed journals and multiple databases that are indispensable to scientists worldwide.

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You can change the image of things to come. But you can’t do it sitting on your hands … The science community should reach out to Congress and build bridges.
The Honorable John E. Porter