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Dear Research Advocate, I don’t like to start letters with disappointing news, but it’s best to get to the heart of things. This week the Biden Administration released a budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) that would provide grossly insufficient funding for NIH. The proposed 0.6% increase will not p osition our nation to address longstanding, emerging, and yet-unknown health threats, nor bolster our research capacity to ensure global competitiveness. As a reminder, the President’s budget is a statement of Administration priorities that begins the appropriations process. Congress will be deeply involved in its execution, and we are confident our alliance and other NIH advocates can...
Dear Research Advocate, “This is a moment of phenomenal exponential opportunity in biomedical research,” said Francis Collins, MD, PhD, at last week’s 2022 Advocacy Awards , as he was honored with the John Edward Porter Legacy Award . In a candid conversation with Kizzmekia S. Corbett, PhD, Dr. Collins discussed not just the discoveries on the horizon, but his legacy, the challenges of trust in science exacerbated by a pandemic, and the value of both storytelling and faith, among a host of other topics. We didn’t have time to air the entire Corbett/Collins discussion during the Awards program, but the full 24-minute chat is now available. On the Hill: Congress is making headway on two...
Dear Research Advocate, Omicron infection rates are rapidly decreasing, according to CDC data released yesterday . Even though infections and hospitalization are far from over and the U.S. death toll will reach 900,000 this weekend, media coverage is more and more about how we are moving to a somehow comfortable “new normal.” Beyond the reality that we simply do not know what new COVID-19 variants are in the cards, the misconception that “endemic” = “no longer a problem” is unpacked in a recent Nature article . Consider that malaria and tuberculosis are endemic around the world, taking the lives of millions each year (read our new Malaria Fact Sheet ). If COVID-19 indeed becomes endemic...
Dear Research Advocate, As we honor our military veterans today, it’s worth noting that medical research has been part of the Veterans Health Administration’s core mission from its conception in 1946 when $1 million was committed to focus on improving prosthetics for World War II veterans. Since then, federal investment in veterans health research has grown to well over $1 billion annually and the VA is a leader in neuroscience and healthcare delivery research, among its many important focus areas. Veterans — and all of us — are healthier thanks to VA-supported medical research. (If you missed it earlier this year, watch our conversation with Dr. Carolyn Clancy, Assistant Under Secretary...
Dear Research Advocate, For more than a decade, Research!America and partners across the nation have devoted time on the Monday before Thanksgiving to honor and convey our gratitude to the public health workforce. Naming all the ways these dedicated individuals serve the individual and public good would make this letter novel-length; instead, let me simply ask you to mark your calendar and participate with us on Public Health Thank You Day ( #PHTYD ) on Monday, November 22, 2021. Visit www.PublicHealthThankYouDay.org for sample tweets, emails, and other customizable resources. Another Opportunity to Honor Heroes: The Clinical Research Forum’s annual Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement...
Dear Research Advocate, Getting a fast start on assuring that our nation reclaims our – let’s face it – war-torn identity as a science-strong nation, the Biden Administration is moving full speed ahead. Consider PCAST (the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology ). President Biden issued an Executive Order (EO) chartering his advisory council earlier than any of the last four administrations. (You can track all of the President’s EOs here .) The President elevating the director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to a cabinet-level position is another straight-out-of-the-gate action. A cabinet-level science advisor is the first of three recommendations...

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You can change the image of things to come. But you can’t do it sitting on your hands … The science community should reach out to Congress and build bridges.
The Honorable John E. Porter