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The Research!America 2023 Advocacy Awards were held in person on March 15 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC.

Everyone who joined us for the 2023 Advocacy Awards was dazzled by our honorees, who participated in deftly moderated panel conversations about urgent priorities – overcoming resistance to trusting science and improving science communication.

In her remarks, outgoing Board Chair Susan Dentzer shared a powerful image, quoting Dr. Lewis Thomas: “Statistically the probability of any one of us being here is so small that you would think the mere fact of existence would keep us all in a contented dazzlement of surprise.”

The dazzlement of the surprise called science became a fitting motif for the evening. Thank you everyone who attended and to our many sponsors and benefactors who made the evening possible.

2023 Honorees

Our 2023 Advocacy Awards honorees include outstanding advocates for medical and health research and individuals, entities, or partnerships demonstrating commitment to research through discovery, innovation, public communications, and leadership.

Edwin C. Whitehead Award for Medical Research Advocacy

The Honorable Charles E. Schumer
U.S. Senator (D-NY)

The Honorable Todd Young
U.S. Senator (R-IN)

John Edward Porter Legacy Award, generously supported by Ann Lurie

Lawrence Tabak, DDS, PhD
Lawrence A. Tabak, DDS, PhD
Performing the Duties of the Director of NIH


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Geoffrey Beene Foundation Builders of Science Award

Helene Gayle, MD, MPH
President of Spelman College

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Herbert Pardes Family Award for National Leadership in Advocacy for Research

Pamela B. Davis, MD, PhD
Arline H. & Curtis F. Garvin Research Professor; Professor, Center for Community Health Integration,
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

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Gordon and Llura Gund Leadership Award

Heywood Fralin
Chairman, Retirement Unlimited, Inc.
Michael J. Friedlander, PhD
Vice President, Health Sciences and Technology, Virginia Tech;
Executive Director, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC

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Paul G. Rogers Distinguished Organization Advocacy Award

The Michael J. Fox Foundation
for Parkinson’s Research

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Isadore Rosenfeld Award for Impact on Public Opinion

Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness
A film by Ken Burns, Erik Ewers, Christopher Loren Ewers, Julie Coffman, and David Blistein

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Outstanding Achievement in Public Health Awards, generously supported by Johnson & Johnson

Outstanding Achievement in Public Health Award

Margaret A. Hamburg, MD
Former FDA Commissioner; President, InterAcademy Partnership for Science, Health and Policy;
Academies of Science and Health

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Building the Foundation Award

James E. Crowe Jr., MD
Director, Vaccine Center; Ann Scott Carell Prof. of Pediatrics, Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology,
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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Meeting the Moment for Public Health Award

Rapid Translation Award

Noubar Afeyan, PhD
Founder and CEO,
Flagship Pioneering

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Thank you to our benefactors and sponsors!

Research!America’s Advocacy Awards

For information about sponsorship opportunities for the Advocacy Awards, please contact Katie Goode, Senior Director, Alliance Development and Membership at kgoode@researchamerica.org.