Rosa DeLauro

Dear Research Advocate: This week’€™s CDC announcement of the worst-case Ebola scenario is staggering. Saying, ’€œLet’€™s be honest with ourselves ’€¦’€ President Obama addressed the UN this morning on the escalating threat posed by Ebola, urging world leaders to work together to address this truly global crisis. The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) program, which received additional funding for Ebola drug development as part of the recently passed continuing resolution (CR), is a terrific example of how the public and private sectors can work together to develop drugs for national and global health threats like Ebola. BARDA provides market incentives so that...
The Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that it is proposing to establish a maximum level of arsenic acceptable in apple juice. The threshold, 10 parts per billion, is the same as the Environmental Protection Agency’€™s requirement for drinking water. The agency will accept public comments on the proposed action for 60 days. Nearly two years ago, reports from the TV show of Mehmet Oz, MD, and later Consumer Reports , raised alarms about the amount of arsenic appearing in apple juice. The FDA’€™s own subsequent investigation found that overall arsenic levels were generally below the 10 ppb threshold. Of those that were higher, the levels of inorganic arsenic ’€” identified as a...
The Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that it is proposing to establish a maximum level of arsenic acceptable in apple juice. The threshold, 10 parts per billion, is the same as the Environmental Protection Agency’€™s requirement for drinking water. The agency will accept public comments on the proposed action for 60 days. Nearly two years ago, reports from the TV show of Mehmet Oz, MD, and later Consumer Reports , raised alarms about the amount of arsenic appearing in apple juice. The FDA’€™s own subsequent investigation found that overall arsenic levels were generally below the 10 ppb threshold. Of those that were higher, the levels of inorganic arsenic ’€” identified as a...
Dear Research Advocate, “2013 is a bad year to have a good idea,” was the bleak statement Laura Niedernhofer, MD, PhD, made about the impact of sequestration in a recent FASEB report . None of us want this year, or this country, to be a bad starting point for good ideas ’€¦ but that’s what’s at stake. Think about telling someone with a serious illness that this isn’t a good year, or a good decade, for research. Think about telling them that from here on out, it may always be a bad year for a good idea. Is there hope for turning this around? We have bipartisan support and we have champions; that we need more is a reality, but by no means an impossibility. Cancer research advocates gathered...
Thousands of scientists, patients and research advocates gathered on the grounds of the Carnegie Library in Washington, DC, on April 8 to unite behind a call for increased funding for medical research. The Rally for Medical Research was organized by the American Association for Cancer Research in conjunction with their annual meeting and was supported by more than 200 partnering organizations ’€” including Research!America. The program featured statements from patients and their families, scientists, policy makers, and research advocates. Cokie Roberts of ABC News and NPR, cancer survivor and research advocate, was the master of ceremonies. Survivors of heart disease, stroke, HIV, Type 1...
Next Monday, April 8, is the Rally for Medical Research ! Speakers at the rally will include Research!America Chair the Honorable John Edward Porter , Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Ranking Member on the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Ranking Member on the House Budget Committee as well as actress and breast cancer survivor Maura Tierney (best known for her roles on NewsRadio & ER ) and many others! If the medical research community advocates hard enough and loud enough, we may be able to turn the tide on cuts to research funding. As recently reported in the Washington Post , sequestration cuts can be countered if we urge policy makers to...

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The capabilities are enormous, a little bit of research can pay off quite a bit in the long run.
Paul D’ Addario, retinitis pigmentosa patient