January 2018: The Research Advocate

Research!America

The January 2018 newsletter is now online

Highlights from this month include: 

In the new year, Research!America will continue to fight for the funding needed to speed medical progress and a policy climate in which public and private sector innovation thrive. Support for patient-centered research and efforts to strengthen public health, prevention and global health initiatives will be front-and-center, as major health challenges from the opioid epidemic, cancer to Alzheimer’s disease inflict damage on the health and economic prosperity of our nation.

Record drug approvals and progress in addressing opioid misuse and stemming the spread of infectious diseases are among the many advances in 2017 reported by federal health and science agencies.

Research!America and the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) will host the webinar, “Strategies to Maximize Your Advocacy Results" on Friday, February 23, 1-2 p.m. EST. The webinar will provide science advocates with timely and relevant information on how to best prepare for Capitol Hill meetings and tailor messages for the current political environment.

Drug overdoses have contributed to an increase in the nation’s mortality rate, even in states with otherwise strong health rankings, according to the United Health Foundation’s 2017 America’s Health Rankings report.

A member spotlight featuring Texas State University, a doctoral-granting, student-centered institution dedicated to excellence and innovation in teaching, research, including creative expression, and service. 

Research!America president and CEO Mary Woolley urged scientists to talk to relatives, friends and lawmakers about their research to help combat what she called “the invisibility of research around the country.” Her remarks were part of a December 15 presentation at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine titled “Your Role in Changing Hearts and Minds for Science,” supported by the Kavli Foundation.

Download the entire January 2018 Research Advocate as a PDF.

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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