February 2018: The Research Advocate


The February 2018 newsletter is now online

Highlights from this month include: 

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) will receive the Edwin C. Whitehead Award for Medical Research Advocacy for her leadership in increasing federal funding for medical research, particularly Alzheimer’s disease research, at Research!America’s Advocacy Awards Dinner on March 14 in Washington, D.C. at the Mellon Auditorium. Atul Gawande, M.D., MPH, surgeon, writer, and public health researcher and advocate, will be honored with the Isadore Rosenfeld Award for Impact on Public Opinion  for dramatically raising the profile of health systems research, and promoting evidence-based research to improve health care delivery.

In his State of the Union speech, President Trump outlined a plan to rebuild the nation’s “crumbling” infrastructure. Science and technology should be assigned a high priority by the president to get the job done, according to a strong majority of Americans (81%) in a new national survey commissioned by Research!America.

The U.S. has dropped out of the top 10 most innovative countries, according to the 2018 Bloomberg Innovation Index. South Korea and Sweden retained their No. 1 and No. 2 rankings. 

Research!America and several scientific organizations partnered for another joint Raise the Caps ad and social media campaign in mid-January to amplify messages to Congress about the importance of lifting spending caps to support the nation’s scientific enterprise.

A member spotlight featuring the National Headache Foundation, which seeks to improve the lives of individuals with migraine and other severe headache disorders through education, research, and advocacy. 

The number of people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) in the U.S. has doubled over the last 25 years and it is predicted to double again in the next 25 years, according to the Gates Foundation. “If Parkinson’s was an infectious condition, this would be a pandemic,” said Ray Dorsey, M.D., neurologist, University of Rochester Medical Center. Dorsey was among the panelists at the “Parkinson's Disease: A Modern Pandemic” briefing in Washington, D.C. on January 17, sponsored by the Congressional Caucus on Parkinson’s Disease and The Michael J. Fox Foundation and Parkinson's Foundation.

Download the entire February 2018 Research Advocate as a PDF.

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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