Dear Research Advocate, On the Hill: Major deadlines (end of fiscal year, hitting the debt limit) and conflicting policy priorities (reconciliation and infrastructure bills) have triggered a frenetic atmosphere in Congress, leaving actions needed to address major national challenges very much up in the air. Today, both chambers passed a stopgap spending bill (“Continuing Resolution” or CR) flat-funding the government through early December; the measure is headed to the President’s desk to be signed before midnight. Here is an editable Tweet thanking Congressional leaders for preventing a government shutdown but urging them to act; not wait for the CR to expire before finalizing FY22...
Dear Research Advocate, The remainder of 2021 will test whether our nation heeds a warning that speakers at our National Health Research Forum last week stressed again and again: the U.S. can no longer conduct business as usual as existential threats mount. Instead, we need to gather the courage to see clearly, act boldly, and embrace change. Mikael Dolsten, MD, PhD, chief scientific officer and president, Worldwide Research, Development, and Medical, Pfizer Inc, and a Research!America board member, offered particularly compelling comments in this regard at our Forum: “I think we need to invest more in understanding: what does it take to create an innovation culture for the country? What...
Each September during Healthy Aging Month, the vision community joins to recognize International Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness Week. This continued acknowledgment of AMD is important, as it is a leading cause of blindness and low vision in the United States and the developed world. It destroys central vision through proliferation of new blood vessels (“wet” or neovascular AMD) or gradual breakdown of cells (“dry” AMD or geographic atrophy) in and around the light-sensitive retina. Since it affects the macula—the central part of the light sensitive back of the eye called the retina—AMD vision loss makes it difficult to read, drive, and perform everyday tasks, thereby...
Dear Research Advocate, Wow! If you were among the many who joined us yesterday for the first day of Research!America’s 2021 National Health Research Forum , we’re confident you found the conversations as relevant and refreshing as we did. Our theme this year is Straight Talk: Fighting Health Threats Faster. Together, we are challenging the status quo, exploring strategies for out-innovating health threats, and learning from new voices. Below is just a sample of the many comments that stood out for me from Day One: “Fighting disease is not a red issue or a blue issue. It is a human issue.” – First Lady Jill Biden, EdD What role should the U.S. play globally in the fight against AMR? “One...
Dear Research Advocate, Our National Health Research Forum kicks off on Monday, September 13, at 10:30 a.m. ET. We’re excited to announce that the event will open with remarks from First Lady Jill Biden, setting the tone for an extraordinary three days! There is no fee — everyone is welcome and there will be plenty of opportunities for attendees to join in the discussions. Register now , read through our amazing agenda , and log in starting tomorrow to check out the virtual environment! On the Hill: With the federal fiscal year ending on 9/30, September is always a very busy month in Washington. House Energy and Commerce Committee Democrats have released a summary of the legislative package...
Dear Research Advocate, The White House sent its annual memo on research and development priorities to federal agencies this week. The memo, co-authored this year by OMB Acting Director Shalanda Young and OSTP Director Eric Lander, provides guidance to agency leaders as they prepare FY23 budget requests. In it, the authors highlight the unprecedented challenges and opportunities we face, showing the continued emphasis by the Biden Administration on building U.S. S&T capacity, including via greater cross-agency collaboration. These priorities resonate strongly with the goals of the S&T Action Plan . (Endorsements of the Action Plan are still open .) Strengthening U.S. S&T...

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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