medical research

When it comes to midterm primaries, June is a blockbuster month: 17 states are holding primaries through June 24. Today, primaries are set for Alabama, California, Iowa, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota, and next Tuesday, June 10, primaries will be held in Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina and Virginia. From now through the general elections, it is a great time to get involved in the Ask Your Candidates! voter education initiative. One way to participate is by joining us in our 5 by June 5 (5X5) awareness effort, in which we are guiding voters to ask their candidates about medical progress and recruit five people to do the same by June 5. As you may know, Congress...
By Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (h.c.), Chief Executive Officer, American Association for Cancer Research Each year, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is pleased to support and highlight May as National Cancer Research Month. Throughout this special month, the AACR celebrates the accomplishments of the scientific community, advocates for funding increases for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and spotlights the need for continued improvements in patient care. There’€™s no doubt that tremendous progress has been made against cancer. People who have been diagnosed with cancer are living longer today than ever before. The five-year...
Election season is all about voters getting to know the candidates running for public office in their state. Through town hall and other meetings, articles and editorials, advertisements and debates, voters obtain information about each candidate that can inform their decision-making at the polls. Ask Your Candidates! (AYC!), a voter education initiative launched by Research!America and terrific partners representing just about every segment of the medical and health research ecosystem, helps connect voters and candidates on the issue of America’€™s faltering commitment to medical progress. And AYC! did just that last Friday during its first event, a non-partisan meet-and-greet in Atlanta...
by Amy Comstock Rick, CEO of Parkinson’€™s Action Network April is now about halfway over but there is still plenty of time to help raise awareness for Parkinson’€™s disease and the millions affected. Parkinson’€™s disease is a chronic, progressive neurological disorder and the second most prevalent degenerative neurological disease after Alzheimer’€™s. So far this year, people all over the country have honored loved ones with Parkinson’€™s disease by helping the Parkinson’€™s Action Network (PAN) and the other national Parkinson’€™s disease organizations spread awareness of the disease and its impact on our nation. PAN, a nonprofit advocacy organization based in Washington, DC, would like...
Public health is the backbone of our society. Without the contributions of public health initiatives, what new disease epidemic might we face and how many lives would be lost? Successful public health programs depend on research, an often underappreciated facet of the system. By taking a critical look at the data and bringing the right programs to the right communities at the right time, research can target and increase the effectiveness of public health interventions. This year, celebrate National Public Health Week by talking to your candidates for Congress. Start a dialogue ’€“ tell them why research for medical progress and public health is important to you, and ask them where they...
Dear Research Advocate: The budget and appropriations process typically reveals stark differences in funding priorities among the two parties. And this year is no exception. House Budget Committee Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen (D-MD-08) introduced the Democrats’€™ 10-year budget plan this week, which stands apart from the Republican proposal introduced by Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI-01) most notably by ending sequestration. The Ryan budget, which won House approval today, is on its way to the Senate but is considered dead on arrival. Note that there’€™s still time to urge your Members of Congress to support medical and health research as this year’€™s appropriations process continues! Teen...
Research!America and partners launch national voter education initiative to elevate the priority of medical progress ALEXANDRIA, Va. ’€” April 8, 2014 ’€”Two-thirds of Americans (66%) say it’€™s important for candidates running for office to assign a high priority to funding medical research, according to America Speaks , Volume 14, a compilation of key questions from public opinion polls commissioned by Research!America. Polling shows that Americans place a high value on U.S. leadership in medical innovation, yet only 12% say they are very well informed about the positions of their senators and representative when it comes to their support of medical and scientific research. www...
Tell the House to Reject the House Majority’€™s Budget Plan In response to President Obama’€™s budget proposal, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI-01) released a budget plan titled, ’€œThe Path to Prosperity.’€ In this 10-year budget, Rep. Ryan proposes drastic cuts to the funding used to support medical progress among other national priorities. If this budget became law, it is a near certainty that our nation would lose its global lead in science and innovation, undermining jobs, sabotaging any progress toward economic stability, and stalling research that is addressing deadly and disabling health threats. Research reduced cancer deaths among children by 2.1% per year from...
Dear Research Advocate: The doubling of the National Institutes of Health budget between FY99 and FY03 is an example of Congress at its most productive ’€¦ and it hinged on bipartisanship. A small group of Republicans and Democrats recognized the power of medical progress, and they worked together to increase the budget baseline for NIH by nearly $11.5 billion. Without that doubling, and with the stagnation of virtually all non-defense discretionary funding that followed on its heels, which groundbreaking medical discoveries would still lie dormant? Which of those we hold dear would not be alive today? Research!America Chair and former Congressman John Porter, who chaired the House Labor-...
Given that the budget allocated to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which funds the non-commercial, basic medical research required to develop new medical treatments and cures, is actually lower this year than it was in 2012, it has never been more important to fight for NIH funding. To help ensure that this unique federal agency receives the resources needed to support research at universities, hospitals and other research institutions across the country, Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Robert Casey, Jr. (D-PA) are circulating a sign-on letter in support of critically needed funding for NIH. Take action now ! Contact your senators and urge them to sign on to this bipartisan letter.

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