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2010 Advocacy Awards

2010Research!America, Advocacy Awards Dinner
March16, 2010, Washington, DC

Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium

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.

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A special musical performance by Chairman Obey and NIH Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, was a highlight of the evening, in the spirit of the “Rock Stars of Science.” Coverage of the event in The Hill newspaper includes a number of photos from the event. View more photos from the 14th Annual Advocacy Awards.

We Thank Our Corporate Host

We Thank Our Grand Reception Sponsor

The Honorable Billy Tauzin
Corporate Sponsor

Harry Johns
Alzheimer’s Association


Our 2010 Advocacy Awards Honorary Chairs

  • Dennis A. Ausiello, MD
  • The Honorable Joe Barton
  • Arden Bement Jr., PhD
  • Edward J. Benz Jr., MD
  • The Honorable Brian P. Bilbray
  • Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker
  • William R. Brinkley, PhD
  • William R. Brody, MD, PhD
  • Nancy Brown
  • The Honorable Sherrod Brown
  • Tim Brown
  • David Bunning
  • The Honorable Roland Burris
  • The Honorable Russ Carnahan
  • The Honorable Yvette D. Clarke
  • The Honorable Thad Cochran
  • The Honorable Tom Cole
  • Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD
  • The Honorable Susan Collins
  • The Honorable Joseph Crowley
  • The Honorable Richard M. Daley
  • Kenneth L. Davis, MD
  • The Honorable Diana DeGette
  • The Honorable Rosa DeLauro
  • The Honorable John D. Dingell
  • The Honorable Chris Dodd
  • The Honorable Eliot Engel
  • The Honorable Anna G. Eshoo
  • The Honorable Dianne Feinstein
  • Jay A. Gershen, DDS, PhD
  • Barbara A. Gordon
  • The Honorable Judd Gregg
  • Jack Haire
  • The Honorable Tom Harkin
  • Mary J.C. Hendrix, PhD
  • The Honorable Rush Holt
  • The Honorable Michael M. Honda
  • The Honorable Daniel K. Inouye
  • The Honorable Jesse L. Jackson Jr.
  • Evan Jones
  • The Honorable Marcy Kaptur
  • Darrell G. Kirch, MD
  • Debra R. Lappin, JD
  • The Honorable Barbara Lee
  • Bill Leinweber
  • Gerald Levy, MD
  • Alan J. Lewis, PhD
  • The Honorable Richard G. Lugar
  • Jenny Luray
  • Patrick M. Magoon
  • The Honorable Carolyn B. Maloney
  • The Honorable Doris O. Matsui
  • The Honorable Betty McCollum
  • The Honorable Gregory W. Meeks
  • The Honorable Jeff Merkley
  • The Honorable Barbara A. Mikulski
  • Edward D. Miller, MD
  • The Honorable Dennis Moore
  • The Honorable Jim Moran
  • The Honorable Patty Murray
  • Elizabeth G. Nabel, MD
  • Garry A. Neil, MD
  • The Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton
  • Daniel M. Oshiro
  • Herbert Pardes, MD
  • Sudip S. Parikh, PhD
  • The Honorable Donald M. Payne
  • William A. Peck, MD
  • Claire Pomeroy, MD, MBA
  • Carmen A. Puliafito, MD, MBA
  • The Honorable Pat Quinn
  • The Honorable Charles B. Rangel
  • The Honorable Brendan Reilly
  • The Honorable Lucille Roybal-Allard
  • Morton O. Schapiro, PhD
  • The Honorable Adam B. Schiff
  • John R. Seffrin, PhD
  • The Honorable Jeanne Shaheen
  • Larry J. Shapiro, MD
  • Mark Slezak
  • Todd J. Slotkin
  • The Honorable John Spratt Jr.
  • The Honorable Louis Stokes
  • Robert Tjian, PhD
  • Jeffrey Trent, PhD, FACMG
  • Reed V. Tuckson, MD
  • Harold Varmus, MD
  • Christopher A. Viehbacher
  • George Vradenburg
  • A. Eugene Washington, MD, MSc
  • John Watters, MD
  • Tadataka Yamada, MD

2010 Advocacy Award Winners and Benefactors

Edwin C. Whitehead Award for Medical Research Advocacy


Benefactor: Whitehead Charitable Foundation

2010 Recipient: The Honorable David R. Obey, U.S. Representative (D-Wisconsin),was honored for his commitment to health and medical research throughout his 21 terms in Congress. The award recognizes his leadership during the doubling years of the National Institutes of Health budget (1998-2003) and, more recently, in helping secure $10.4 billion for NIH under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Read more.

Isadore Rosenfeld Award for Impact on Public Opinion

G. Thompson HuttonBenefactor: Rosenfeld Heart Foundation

2010 Recipient: G. Thompson Hutton, Esq., Trustee & CEO, Geoffrey Beene Foundation, and President & CEO of Geoffrey Beene, LLC, was honored for the national public service campaign Rock Stars of Science that spotlights top researchers to support increased research funding and engage the next generation in science, for co-sponsorship of 2009 HBO’s pioneering series The Alzheimer’s Project, and as founder of the Geoffrey Beene Cancer Research Center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center with a unique business/philanthropic model. Read more.

Raymond and Beverly Sackler Award for Sustained National Leadership

Ann LurieBenefactors: Raymond R. Sackler, MD, and Beverly Sackler

2010 Recipient: Ann Lurie was honored for her long-time national and international support for biomedical research. After her early career as a public health nurse, Lurie honored the memory of her husband, Robert H. Lurie, by supporting cancer research at Chicago’s Children’s Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University. Lurie is founder and president of Africa Infectious Disease (AID) Village Clinics, Inc., president of the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Foundation, and president of Lurie Investments, Inc. Read more.

Paul G. Rogers Distinguished Organization Advocacy Award

Benefactor: Hogan & Hartson LLP

March of Dimes

Jennifer Howse and Anna Eleanor Roosevelt2010 Recipient: March of Dimes, an organization founded by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to fight polio and now dedicated to improving the health of children through public health research advocacy, was honored. President Jennifer L. Howse, PhD, and Honorary Trustee Anna Eleanor Roosevelt accepted the award. Read more.

Gordon and Llura Gund Leadership Award

Benefactors: Gordon and Llura Gund Foundation

Robert Klein, JD2010 Recipient: Robert Klein, JD, was honored for his advocacy for stem cell and diabetes research. Klein led the way for Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative in 2004. Klein serves as the board chair ofthe California Institute for Regenerative Medicine,established to manage the grant process for the stem cell research funding authorized by the Initiative. Read more.

Builders of Science Award

Anonymous Benefactor

Robert Mahley, MD, PhD2010 Recipient: Robert Mahley, MD, PhD, was honored forhis role in expanding The J. David Gladstone Institutesand finding its new home at University of California, San Francisco.During his time as director of the institutes, Mahley expanded the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease to include institutes of virology and immunology and neurological diseases. Read more.

14th Annual Advocacy Award Sponsors

Corporate Host

Grand Reception Sponsor

Principal Partner


Program Partners




Mark Slezak


  • American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Heart Association
  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • B&D Consulting
  • Baylor College of Medicine Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Children’s Memorial Hospital
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • Foundation for the National Institutes of Health
  • Mary J.C. Hendrix, PhD
  • The J. David Gladstone Institutes
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International
  • jVen Capital, LLC
  • Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
  • March of Dimes
  • Mead Johnson Nutrition
  • Mount Sinai Medical Center/School of Medicine
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy
  • Northwestern University
  • Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure
  • University of California, Davis School of Medicine
  • Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine