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.”
- Watch the full program.
- Watch the Science Communication panel discussion.
- Watch the Trust in Science panel discussion.
- View a photo slideshow from the program and reception.
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 A. Tabak, DDS, PhD
Performing the Duties of the Director of NIH
Geoffrey Beene Foundation Builders of Science Award
Helene Gayle, MD, MPH
President of Spelman College
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
Gordon and Llura Gund Leadership Award
Chairman, Retirement Unlimited, Inc.
Michael J. Friedlander, PhD
Vice President, Health Sciences and Technology, Virginia Tech;
Executive Director, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC
Paul G. Rogers Distinguished Organization Advocacy Award
The Michael J. Fox Foundation
for Parkinson’s Research
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
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
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
Meeting the Moment for Public Health Award
Rapid Translation Award
Noubar Afeyan, PhD
Founder and CEO,
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