Meet the Honoree 2020

As Research!America prepares for our 24th Advocacy Awards Dinner , we want readers to learn more about our award recipients. We are continuing our Tuesday series leading up to the March 11 event. Please meet Michael M.E. Johns, MD, recipient of the Herbert Pardes Family Award for National Leadership in Advocacy for Research. Michael M.E. Johns, MD Professor, Schools of Medicine and Public Health, Emory University When did you know you were an advocate for scientific research and innovation? I first sensed the excitement of research in medical school working in my mentor’s lab and continued to pursue research as a faculty member. My first full understanding of the importance of advocacy...
As Research!America prepares for our 24th Advocacy Awards Dinner , we want readers to learn more about our award recipients. We are continuing our Tuesday series leading up to the March 11 event. Please meet Cyndi Zagieboylo, representing the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, recipient of the 2020 Paul G. Rogers Distinguished Organization Advocacy Award. Cyndi Zagieboylo President and CEO, National Multiple Sclerosis Society When did you know you were an advocate for scientific research and innovation? When I started my work at the National MS Society in 1985, the importance of research was immediately clear. With no disease-modifying therapies and a dearth of physicians who wanted to...
As Research!America prepares for our 24th Advocacy Awards Dinner , we want readers to learn more about our award recipients. We are continuing our Tuesday series leading up to the March 11 event. Please meet Dr. Bruce Alberts, recipient of the 2020 John Edward Porter Legacy Award, generously supported by Ann Lurie. Bruce M. Alberts, PhD Chancellor's Leadership Chair in Biochemistry and Biophysics for Science and Education, University of California, San Francisco When did you know you were an advocate for scientific research and innovation? I think that, like a great many others in my generation, I was first inspired to pursue science as a teenager by reading The Microbe Hunters by Paul de...
As Research!America prepares for our 24th Advocacy Awards Dinner , we want readers to learn more about our award recipients. We are continuing our Tuesday series leading up to the March 11 event. Please meet Dr. Paul Offit, co-recipient of the Geoffrey Beene Foundation Builders of Science Award. Paul A.Offit MD Professor of Pediatrics, Children's' Hospital of Philadelphia When did you know you were an advocate for scientific research and innovation? I chose to go into pediatrics because of my love of children. The reason for that passion was that I was in a polio ward when I was five years old in the mid-1950s. It was at a time when there was only one visiting hour a week with maybe a...
As Research!America prepares for our 24th Advocacy Awards Dinner , we want readers to learn more about our award recipients. We are continuing our Tuesday series leading up to the March 11 event. Please meet Mary Fogarty McAndrew, recipient of the Gordon and Llura Gund Leadership Award . Mary Fogarty McAndrew Chair, John E. Fogarty Foundation for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities When did you know you were an advocate for scientific research and innovation? I watched my Dad work for 16 years as Chairman of the House Appropriations Sub-Committee then known as Labor, Health, Education and Welfare, with his ranking member and dear friend, Melvin Laird, as they worked...
As Research!America prepares for our 24 th Advocacy Awards Dinner , we want readers to learn more about our award recipients. Every Tuesday leading up to the March 11, 2020 event, we will post a short interview with our esteemed honorees. Myron M. Levine, MD, DTPH Associate Dean for Global Health, Vaccinology & Infectious Diseases, Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine When did you know you were an advocate for scientific research and innovation? In progressive steps, during medical school, pediatric residency, infectious diseases fellowship, as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer of the Centers for Disease Control and...

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If concerted, long-term investments in research are not made, America will lose an entire generation of young scientists.
Brenda Canine, PhD; McLaughlin Research Institute, Montana