March 2018: The Research Advocate

Research!America

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 annual meeting will include election of directors, reports from leadership and other member responsibilities. 

Leveraging data to understand the health needs of communities and underserved populations in Texas was a key theme at Texas State University’s Health Scholar Showcase on February 23, 2018. The event was part of the university’s Translational Health Research Initiative aimed at connecting discoveries in the lab to real-world health issues in clinics and communities. 

Overall public confidence in scientific leaders has remained relatively stable over the last 30 years, according to a February 2018 report by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, but demographic factors and certain hot-button scientific issues still fuel skepticism among some.

A member spotlight featuring the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) - the professional home for more than 5,500 informatics professionals, representing front-line clinicians, researchers, educators, and public health experts who bring meaning to data, manage information and generate new knowledge across the health and health care enterprise. 

Research!America and the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) hosted a public webinar, “Strategies to Maximize your Advocacy Results” on Friday, February 23 in preparation for SfN’s 12th Annual Capitol Hill Day on March 8, 2018.

Download the entire March 2018 Research Advocate as a PDF.

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Without continued support for health research, many of the most promising young scientists, their ideas and a myriad of potentially life-changing scientific breakthroughs will vanish into oblivion.
Paul Marinec, PhD; University of California San Francisco