Research!America takes positions advocating for strong, sustained federal funding and policies that provide a favorable climate for health-related research.
Below are statements released by Research!America. Press releases issued by Research!America can be found here.
Statement by Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley on President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative
President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative could potentially drive biomedical research into exciting, new territory as we advance efforts to develop the right treatments at the right time for individual patients.
Research!America applauds Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) for supporting our nation’s scientific enterprise with the introduction of The American Cures Act (S.289).
Statement by Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley on 21st Century Cures Initiative Discussion Draft
The release of the 21st Century Cures discussion draft is a sign that innovative ideas to speed the delivery of lifesaving treatments to patients are being actively considered by Congress.
Statement by Research!America president and CEO Mary Woolley on President Obama's State of the Union Speech
In his State of the Union address, President Obama highlighted the important role of research and innovation in growing a more prosperous and healthier nation.
Statement by Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley on the Confirmation of U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy
We applaud the confirmation of Dr. Vivek Murthy as U.S. surgeon general, a visionary thinker who is well-equipped to assume the role of America’s doctor.
The tiny increases included in the “Cromnibus” bill for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and our nation’s other health research agencies are just that.
Statement by Research!America president and CEO Mary Woolley on the Incoming Chair of the House Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee
Congressman Tom Cole’s leadership on the Labor-HHS-Education subcommittee will help shape our ability to sustain and accelerate medical innovation as we confront health crises here and abroad.
We extend warmest congratulations to Congressman Rush D. Holt, Ph.D., on the announcement of his new position as chief executive officer of The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and executive publisher of Science family of journals.
Statement by Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley on White House Emergency Funding Request to Congress to Fight Ebola
Fighting Ebola and other infectious disease threats is a rightful and critical facet of our national defense.
Statement by Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley on Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Research!America congratulates this year’s Nobel Prize winners in physiology or medicine, Professor John O’Keefe of the University College London, and May-Britt and Edvard Moser, both of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
Research!America applauds Senator Tom Harkin for taking bold, decisive action to heal fissures in our nation’s research pipeline with legislation that will strengthen the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget over the next six years.
Statement by Research!America COO Mike Coburn on Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee Markup of FY15 Bill
The increase for the National Institutes of Health is a step in the right direction to accelerate medical progress but we cannot sustain our nation’s engine of discovery with dollops of fuel; a more robust investment is critical to maintaining our pre-eminence in science and saving lives.
Statement by Research!America Chief Operating Officer Michael Coburn on Public Welfare Medal Recipient John E. Porter
Research!America salutes Board of Directors Chair John Edward Porter, the 2014 recipient of the Public Welfare Medal from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the Academy’s most prestigious award to honor the extraordinary use of science for the public good
Statement by Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley on John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center Building Dedication
Research!America members and partners extend warm congratulations to Research!America Chair The Honorable John Edward Porter for his well-deserved recognition by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with the dedication of the Porter Neuroscience Research Center.
Research!America congratulates Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin for taking a stand against the indefensible neglect of a key American priority — our nation’s research enterprise.
The president’s budget does not reflect the potential the U.S. has to advance scientific discovery.
Statement by Research!America president and CEO Mary Woolley on President Obama’s State of the Union Speech
It’s heartening President Obama chose to emphasize in his speech the significance of federally funded basic research and the need to undo the damage that has been done to it in recent years with deep spending cuts.
We applaud portions of the omnibus bill that support the nation’s research, innovation and public health ecosystem, which works to assure our future health and economic well-being.
Senate passage of the budget agreement brings us closer to restoring some of the funding lost under sequestration for medical and health research but this is a band-aid approach to solving our fiscal woes.
The budget deal moves the needle in the right direction but not far enough.
Statement by Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley on Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley congratulates the 2013 winners of the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine.
Recent polling commissioned by Research!America shows nearly half of the American public does not believe we are making enough progress in medical research in the U.S.; the government shutdown proves them right.
Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley’s Statement on Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee Markup of FY14 Bill
The Senate subcommittee markup of the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education FY14 spending bill goes a step in the right direction in softening the blow sequestration has dealt to the hopes and expectations of patients and their families.
Statement from Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley on President Obama’s FY14 Budget Proposal
The president’s FY14 budget proposal offers a lifeline for medical research to replace sequestration’s damaging footprints.
Statement from Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley on Bipartisan Action Spotlighting NIH Funding
Research!America commends Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) for their vision, their leadership and their commitment to bipartisanship as evidenced by their joint amendment calling for robust investment in medical research.
The Senate Appropriations Committee has taken the first step towards a pro-medical research and innovation agenda with its version of a continuing resolution to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year.
I am concerned that our federal leaders simply don’t “get it.”Sequestration is more than a cop-out, it’s a self-inflicted wound.
The Board of Directors of Research!America joins me in extending our deepest condolences to Dr. C. Everett Koop’s family, friends and colleagues as we mourn the passing of a visionary leader and champion of medical research.
Research!America applauds President Obama for underscoring medical research as a national priority, along with defense and education.
Dr. Subra Suresh has been a visionary leader for the scientific community during his tenure at the National Science Foundation (NSF), fostering a spirit of international collaboration among research stakeholders and demonstrating a strong commitment to nurturing the next generation of scientists.
Statement from Research!America president and CEO Mary Woolley about AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy’s Departure
Dr. Carolyn Clancy has been a stalwart champion of medical and health services research during her decade-long leadership at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), stressing the importance of evidence in formulating policies to address gaps in care and improve health care delivery.
Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley Applauds Supreme Court’s Dismissal of Embryonic Stem Cell Case
The U.S. Supreme Court's dismissal of Sherley v. Sebelius, a case intended to block federal funding for scientists conducting embryonic stem cell research, is a victory for patients and the research community.
Statement from Research!America Chair John Edward Porter and CEO Mary Woolley on Passing of Senator Arlen Specter
We extend our deepest condolences to Senator Arlen Specter's family, friends and colleagues as they mourn the passing of a loved and respected statesman and a true champion of medical research.
Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley comments on the selection of Brian Kobilka, MD, and Robert Lefkowitz, MD, as winners of the Nobel Prize for chemistry.
The first Presidential debate was a missed opportunity for the candidates to outline a vision for putting research and innovation to work to improve health and strengthen the economy.
Across-the-board Budget Cuts Will Rob Americans of Cures
The White House report on the impact of sequestration isn’t a wake up call, it’s a fire alarm…and not a false one.
Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley says House appropriations subcommittee bill places the health and wellbeing of Americans in jeopardy
How can Congress justify the elimination of a critical health agency and severe cuts to other programs under the House Labor-HHS-Education appropriations subcommittee bill?
Senate approval of the FDA Safety and Innovation Act demonstrates the willingness of lawmakers to prioritize the health and safety of patients.
Senator Jerry Moran's amendment for a $1 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) underscores the importance of strengthening our commitment to research and development as other nations nip at our heels on the road to discovery.
Research!America Chair John Edward Porter Raises Concerns Over Slight Funding Increase for NIH in Senate Subcommittee Markup
Research!America Chair John Edward Porter notes that America's continued leadership in R&D cannot continue unless NIH is robustly funded.
Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley Commends Parkinson's Action Network for Honoring Researchers Active in Advocacy
Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley salutes the Parkinson's Action Network's (PAN), UCB and Teva CNS for establishing an important new awards program recognizing researchers who have been active in advocacy.
Research!America president and CEO Mary Woolley Commends House Subcommittee Markup of FDA User Fee Reauthorization Bill
House subcommittee action on legislation to reauthorize user fees for prescription drugs and medical devices is a positive step toward improving patient access to new treatments and cures in a speedier manner.
Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley says House Funding Levels for FY13 Could Undermine Medical Progress
Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley comments on a House Appropriations Subcommittee funding allocation to the Department of Health and Human Services.
Research!America Chair John Edward Porter says Budget Negotiations Heighten Urgency to Protect Research Funding in Tight Fiscal Environment
The rancorous budget debates between the Administration and Congress obscure the fact that our nation's leadership in science and innovation is tenuous at best if spending for research is cut drastically.
Research!America Chair, former Congressman John Edward Porter says President Obama’s budget is a mixed bag for science and innovation, increasing investment in some areas while shortchanging other key agencies.
Research!America's leadership reacts to President Obama's State of the Union address.
Statement by Research!America Chair former Congressman John Edward Porter on Supercommittee Announcement
Research!America's chair, The Honorable John Edward Porter, reacts to the congressional supercommittee's failure to reach an agreement.
The medical and health research community mourns the loss of Senator Mark O. Hatfield who died Sunday evening in Portland, Oregon.
Research!America responded to the news of the death of Bernadine Healy, MD, former director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Research!America congratulates New York Times reporter - and three-time moderator of the Garfield Economic Impact Award - David Leonhardt on being named The Times' Washington Bureau Chief
Research!America urged Congress to prioritize medical, health and scientific research as it begins the process of determining the FY2012 federal budget.
Research!America Applauds President for Prioritizing R&D
Research!America's board chair, former Congressman John Edward Porter, and president, Mary Woolley, thanked President Obama for prioritizing medical, health and scientific research in his FY2012 budget proposal.
Research!America Salutes President for Prioritizing Research
Research!America leadership reacts to President Obama's State of the Union address.