Women make up over half of the world’s population. However, according to a study conducted by UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics, less than 30% of the world’s researchers are women. For International Women’s Day, March 8, the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is working to change this number through their Press for Progress campaign. The association not only wants to bring to light and fix discrepancies that women face in access to STEM education and inclusiveness in the workplace, but also to celebrate the accomplishments of women scientists and researchers who have made invaluable contributions to their respective fields of work. One such leader is Dr. Isabel Escobar, a professor of...
The Kidney Cancer Association (KCA) is the world’s first and largest international charity dedicated specifically to the eradication of death and suffering from renal cancers. KCA is a charitable organization made up of patients, family members, physicians, researchers and other health professionals from around the world. KCA funds, promotes and collaborates with the National Cancer Institute (NCI), American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO), American Urological Association (AUA) and other institutions on research projects. We also educate families and physicians, and serve as an advocate on behalf of patients at the state and federal levels in the United States and globally. Every March...
As a patient advocacy organization, Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC) is actively engaged in disease-specific education and awareness. Fifteen years ago, before the term “patient centricity” was coined, our founder Nancy Roach passionately requested to be included within the research community as a patient voice for colorectal cancer (CRC) patients. Training Patients In 2015, we launched the research advocacy training program (called “RATS”), training survivors and caregivers to meaningfully engage in the research process. The curriculum covers cancer biology 101 and in-person academies at academic institutions. With over 25 RATS members in 15 states and two countries, our RATS are...
Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30) will be the keynote speaker at Research!America’s 29 th Annual Meeting of Members on March 14 from noon to 2 p.m. ET at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C. The annual meeting will include election of directors, reports from leadership and a panel discussion about mental health. Rep. Johnson, Ranking Member of the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology and a member of the Congressional Mental Health Caucus, will share insights from Capitol Hill on issues relevant to our nation’s scientific enterprise. Experts from across the mental health and neuroscience research continuum will participate in a panel discussion...
The March 2018 newsletter is now online . Highlights from this month include: Champions of research who have improved the health of individuals worldwide, helped sustain our nation’s global competitiveness, transformed the research landscape in both the public and private sectors, and inspired others to become powerful advocates will be honored at Research!America’s 22nd Annual Advocacy Awards Dinner on Wednesday, March 14 at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. Research!America invites alliance members to join the Board of Directors and distinguished guests for the 29th Annual Meeting of Members on March 14, 12 – 2 p.m. ET at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C. The...
Dear Research Advocate: I’ve devoted part of my last two letters to gun violence research, and this one will address it, as well. It seems to me that we are witnessing in real time just why research is essential to addressing what is actually a long-standing and multi-faceted societal challenge, playing out on the streets every day, as well as in schools, concerts and churches. I’m sure all of us have read and heard assertions about what drives individuals to choose gun violence. What’s too often lacking, though, are research-based findings to back up those assertions. If policy changes are taken based on assumptions rather than evidence, we are simply throwing the dice, not identifying...
Ten million men and 20 million women will struggle with an eating disorder at some point in their lives. These illnesses affect all kinds of people – regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status, or background. And despite the fact that these illnesses have the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder, the majority of those affected will not get the help that they need and many will suffer in silence, often not even realizing that they are struggling with an eating disorder. The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the leading U.S. non-profit organization supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. NEDA serves as a catalyst for prevention...

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