Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Representative Tom Cole (R-OK) will be the recipients of the Edwin C. Whitehead Award for Medical Research Advocacy at Research!America’s Advocacy Awards Dinner on Wednesday, March 16 at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. The congressional leaders are being recognized for increasing investments in research and elevating the importance of medical progress among national priorities. Working together, they secured $2 billion for the National Institutes of Health in the fiscal year 2016 omnibus, the largest appropriated increase for the agency in more than a decade.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by Research!America, and humbling to see all of the groundbreaking efforts that are underway to advance progress toward lifesaving cures,” said Blunt, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and Related Agencies. “Continuing our investment in biomedical research will not only give hope to families battling disease, it will also allow our country to remain on the cutting edge of medical innovation, create jobs, and substantially lower health care costs over the long term.”
“As much as I am honored to receive this award, I am even more pleased that the recent investment in research brings us much closer than before to finding cures and slowing down or even preventing diseases,” said Cole, Chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and Related Agencies. “I am hopeful we can build on this progress in the fiscal year 2017 appropriations process.”
Research!America’s 2016 Advocacy Awards dinner honors outstanding individuals and organizations in advocacy for medical, health, and scientific research. The Whitehead Award, named in honor of Research!America founder, Edwin C. “Jack” Whitehead, recognizes exemplary leaders, particularly those in public office, who have demonstrated a deep commitment to advancing medical and health research as a national priority and who galvanize others in support of science.
Other 2016 Advocacy Award winners are Harold Varmus, M.D., Lewis Thomas University professor, Weill Cornell Medicine and Nobel Laureate; John Noseworthy, M.D., president and CEO, Mayo Clinic; Trish and George Vradenburg, co-founders, UsAgainstAlzheimer’s (UsA2); Robert Langer, Sc.D., David H. Koch Institute professor, MIT; The ALS Association; and Lisa Paulsen and The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF). For more information, visit www.researchamerica.org/advocacy_awards.