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Sen. Durbin, Mayor Bloomberg, Charlie Rose, Dean Kamen, Michael Bishop and Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center

WASHINGTON-March 15, 2011-Research!America's 15th Annual Advocacy Awards event will convene over 400 leaders from government, academia, industry and health advocacy organizations to honor some of the leading medical and health research advocates of our time. The event will take place on the evening of Tuesday, March 15, at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC.

This year's Advocacy Award winners are Nobel laureate J. Michael Bishop, MD; New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg; U.S. Senator Richard J. Durbin (D-IL); inventor and physicist Dean Kamen; broadcast journalist Charlie Rose; and the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC).

J. Michael Bishop, MD, Nobel laureate and University of California, San Francisco chancellor emeritus, will receive Research!America's 2011 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Award for Sustained National Leadership for his decades of advocacy for medical research and public education about science. Read more.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will receive Research!America's 2011 Gordon and Llura Gund Leadership Award. The award recognizes his national and global influence as an advocate, philanthropist and public official in promoting public health and prevention research and in advancing public health through pioneering initiatives.

Senator Durbin, a long-time member of the Senate  Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommitte, will receive Research!America's 2011 Edwin C. Whitehead Award for Medical Research Advocacy for his efforts to increase federal investment in medical research throughout his twenty-eight years in Congress.  Read more.

Inventor and physicist Dean Kamen will receive Research!America's 2011 Builders of Science Award for his leadership in founding DEKA Research & Development Corporation and AutoSyringe, Inc., as well as for his efforts in raising public awareness and inspiring interest in research and technology, particularly among students through FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Read more.

Acclaimed broadcast journalist Charlie Rose, executive editor and anchor of the "Charlie Rose" show on PBS, will receive Research!America's 2011 Isadore Rosenfeld Award for Impact on Public Opinion for his commitment to increasing public attention and interest in science and medical research through his in-depth coverage of research-related issues. Read more.

The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center will receive Research!America's 2011 Paul G. Rogers Distinguished Organization Advocacy Award for its public education programs and partnerships to advance traumatic brain injury research. Read more.

Pictures of the Advocacy Awards event will be available on March 16 at: http://www.researchamerica.org/march15.

The annual Research!America Advocacy Awards program was established in 1996 by the board of directors to honor outstanding advocates for medical, health and scientific research. Recognized individuals and organizations are those whose leadership efforts have been notably effective in advancing our nation's commitment to research.

Research!America is the nation's largest nonprofit public education and advocacy alliance working to make research to improve health a higher national priority. The 2011 Advocacy Awards represent Research!America's 15th year of recognizing the accomplishments of leading advocates for medical and health research. For more information, visit www.researchamerica.org/advocacy_awards.