biomedical research

The Research!America 2021 Virtual Advocacy Awards program featured a discussion in recognition of the 2021 Rapid Translation Award , which honors a public-private partnership that has made progress in the fight against COVID-19. The honorees are Moderna and the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Former NIH Director (2002-2008) and Research!America Board member, Elias Zerhouni, MD, introduced Dr. Barney Graham of NIAID and Dr. Stephen Hoge of Moderna for a conversation with Susan Dentzer, Senior Policy Fellow at Robert J. Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University and Research!America Board Chair, about the importance of public-private partnerships and...
University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean and Research!America board member, E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, recently announced the conclusion of the Special Trans-Disciplinary Recruitment Award Program (STRAP), a highly successful faculty initiative that brought dozens of top researcher-physician-scientists and biomedical scientists to the UMSOM faculty. This program will be succeeded by a new Dean's challenge initiative that will focus on large program projects and center grants, known as the LGAP Initiative (Large Grant Award Program). The STRAP Initiative was led by Terry Rogers, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Associate Dean for Research Development...
How are research advocates making their case on Capitol Hill during COVID-19? I had the opportunity to find out recently when the Washington Fellows of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) visited congressional offices - virtually. I served as a mentor to a group of early career scientists participating in the ASPET Hill Day for the first time. Our goals were two-fold: to champion NIH and NSF funding by asking congressional offices to sign Dear Colleague Letters, and to discuss the essential use of animals in biomedical research in order to develop therapies for improving human and veterinary health. Normally, fellows would be in Washington, DC, for a...
I valued the opportunity earlier this week to join the team from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science as they delivered their high quality program at Mississippi State University. Mr. Alda gave a typically inspirational and amusing keynote and also kicked off the interactive sessions the next morning. The Alda Method© team-teaches communication skills, drawing on working actors’ improvisational abilities coupled with the expertise of educators and researchers who regularly contribute to the academic literature, including the Oxford Handbook of The Science of Science Communication . As more academic institutions consider adding a communication and public engagement component to...
How does a biomedical sciences student with interests in clinical research go on to intern in the United States Senate? Like many other students, my undergraduate career followed a traditional path toward higher education. I kept my grades up, participated in extracurriculars, and was involved in a few clubs on campus. However, thanks to friends, mentors and the internet, it was clear that a career in STEM presented an immense number of other amazing opportunities. Looking into these opportunities, research quickly grabbed my attention. A professor was the first to introduce me to research and he motivated me to explore summer research opportunities. Looking back, I am grateful he did,...
Eradicating disease seems like an elusive pipe dream but not if you ask Donna Cryer , president and CEO of the Global Liver Institute. “9,000 days ago, doctors told me I had seven days to live,” said Cryer. “I believe in our ability to continually adapt and innovate and conquer disease”. Cryer was joined by Research!America board member Dr. William Hait, global head, Janssen Research and Development, and fellow board member Dr. Mark McClellan, director, Duke-Robert J. Margolis Center for Health Policy, Duke University for an interactive panel discussion titled, A World Without Disease: Can We Get There? , at the BIO International Conference in San Diego, California on June 20. Research!...
Research!America will host an interactive panel discussion on June 20 titled, A World Without Disease: Can We Get There? , at the BIO International Convention in San Diego, California. During the session, experts from the regulatory, pharmaceutical, and advocacy sectors will discuss the implications of new technologies and the challenges of leveraging limited resources to maximize patient benefit. Research!America’s session will seek to address the question, “how can we capitalize on insights from the biotechnology industry and facilitate a coordinated effort to eradicate disease?”. To do so, Research!America board member William Hait, M.D., Ph.D. , global head at Janssen Research and...
Tweet Follow @ResearchAmerica Six science-savvy teams comprised of researchers from around the globe are currently in the running for a grand prize of $230,000 to develop new big data methods for advancing biomedical research. The two-phased Open Science Prize contest was made possible through a collaboration between the National Institutes of Health (NIH) , the Wellcome Trust and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute . During the first phase, the teams received prize money to help create tools or services that could be used to tackle important issues in biomedicine and improve health. They designed prototypes to address subjects such as neuroimaging, rare diseases, mental and neurological...
What, in y our view, are the major challenges facing our nation’s research enterprise? Biomedical research is the driving force behind decades of advances that have improved the health of people in every corner of America—including the lives of those affected by breast cancer. With a robust and sustained investment in biomedical research, the possibilities would be endless. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its National Cancer Institute (NCI) have played a role in every major cancer prevention, detection and treatment advance in breast cancer for decades. Within the NIH, the NCI is the principal agency for cancer research and training. The NCI has funded numerous major breast...
Watch the videos from each panel, read the transcript , view the photo gallery and read the WebMD live recap . “The biomedical research enterprise underpins the health of the nation and much of the world, and is in dire need of substantial infusion to meet the great medical needs of our time,” said William N. Hait, M.D., Ph.D. , global head, Janssen Research & Development, LLC, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, the keynote speaker at the 2016 National Health Research Forum, added that we’re losing time in addressing threats like the Zika virus, Ebola and cancer while waiting for funding to improve for biomedical research. The program, held Thursday,...

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