28th Annual Meeting of Members


Research!America invites our member organizations to join the Board of Directors and distinguished guests for the 2017 annual meeting and luncheon on March 15, 2017, 12:00-2:00 p.m. ET in the Willard Room of the Willard InterContinental Hotel. The annual meeting will include election of directors, reports from leadership, and other member responsibilities.

The program will feature remarks from award-winning actress and Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN) spokesperson Kathy Bates. Ms. Bates has brought lymphedema and lymphatic diseases into the spotlight in the media, including the first-ever profile of a patient receiving lymphedema treatment, which aired on CBS Sunday Morning. She will be honored later in the day with the Isadore Rosenfeld Award for Impact on Public Opinion during Research!America's 21st Annual Advocacy Awards Dinner for raising the visibility of lymphedema and lymphatic diseases and advocating tirelessly on behalf of the patient community.

The Honorable David McKinley (R-WV-01) will share his perspective as a champion for public and private-sector driven progress in medical and health research. McKinley has represented West Virginia's First District since January 3, 2011, during which time he has served as a member of the influential Energy and Commerce Committee, which shaped the U.S. House 21st Century Cures legislation, and has played a lead role in bipartisan initiatives to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In 2014, he received the American Association for Cancer Research's Distinguished Public Service Award for his leadership in supporting NIH research funding. 

The annual meeting will also include a panel discussion on the progress and opportunities with lupus research featuring experts in lupus research and clinical care. Panelists will include: Christopher Collins, M.D., rheumatologist, MedStar Washington Hospital Center; Allie Gutshall, patient advocate and volunteer with the Lupus Foundation of America; and Sue Dillon, Ph.D., global therapeutic area head, Janssen Immunology. The panel discussion will be moderated by Virgil Dickson, Washington bureau chief, Modern HealthcareThe Lupus Foundation of America will be honored with the Paul G. Rogers Distinguished Organization Advocacy Award during our Advocacy Awards Dinner.

There is no registration fee for members, however advance registration is necessary. 

Please click here to register.

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We have health challenges in this country that science will provide answers for if given the chance and we haven't given science that opportunity
Mary Woolley, President and CEO, Research!America