2018 National Health Research Forum

Washington, DC
Newseum, Knight Conference Center
555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States
Event Date: 
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Research!America’s National Health Research Forum sparks stimulating conversations among top leaders in government, industry, patient advocacy and academia about “in the moment” issues that could impact the trajectory of medical and health research and public health. Thought leaders will come together for candid discussions on efforts to find solutions to pressing health challenges.

The forum is the only event of its kind that convenes the directors of federal agencies and other leaders within the research and innovation ecosystem in a setting where a distinguished audience may hear from, ask questions of and interact with those who are advancing medical discovery and public health. The 2018 National Health Research Forum will include a reserved luncheon where sponsors are seated with agency heads, panelists, and Research!America Board Members. Each panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A session.

Due to overwhelming response, the National Health Research Forum has reached full capacity. We welcome you to join the waitlist

Watch the livestream here.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

8:30 am Registration
9:00 am Networking Breakfast (Guest Speaker: Josh Kraushaar, Politics Editor, National Journal)
10:15 am – 2:30 pm Panel discussions, audience Q&A and lunch served

Who is part of this year’s forum?

Confirmed federal agency officials:

Alex M. Azar II, Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services 

Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, Director, National Institutes of Health

France A. Cordova, PhD, Director, National Science Foundation

Gopal Khanna, Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Robert R. Redfield, MD, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Celia M. Witten, PhD, MD, Deputy Director, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration

Speakers include:

Ivor Benjamin, MD, FAHA, FACC, President, American Heart Association

Alfiee Breland-Noble, PhD, MHSc, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Georgetown University Medical Center

Luiz Miguel Camargo, PhD, Director of Innovation Networks, UCB

Gary Cohen, Executive Vice President of Global Health, BD

Susan Dentzer, President and CEO, Network for Excellence in Innovation

Mikael Dolsten, MD, PhD, President of Worldwide Research & Development, Pfizer

Paula K. Dumas, CEO and Managing Editor, Migraine Again; Producer, Migraine World Summit; President, World Health Education Foundation

Susan Fitzpatrick, PhD, President, James S. McDonnell Foundation

Tim Hoctor, Vice President, Professional Services Life Science, Elsevier

Husseini Manji, MD, FRCPC, Head, Neuroscience Therapeutic Area, Janssen

Ann Palmer, President and CEO, Arthritis Foundation

Guillermo Prado, PhD, Dean, Graduate School; Leonard M. Miller Professor of Public Health Sciences; Director, Division of Prevention Science and Community Health, Miller School of Medicine; University of Miami

Srini Ramanathan, PhD, Vice President, Development Sciences; Horizon Pharma

Joe V. Selby, MD, MPH, Executive Director, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Adrienne Shapiro, Founder, Axis Advocacy

Gregory C. Simon, JD, President, Biden Cancer Initiative, Biden Foundation

Moderators include: 

Erin Durkin, Health Care and Congressional Correspondent, National Journal

Jackie Judd, Communications Consultant Specializing in the Nonprofit Sector, Former Journalist

Mark McClellan, MD, PhD, MPA, Director, Duke-Robert J. Margolis MD Center for Health Policy, Duke University

For more on last year's National Health Research Forum, click here.

Media Contacts

Robert Shalett
Director of Communications 

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