The Research Advocate: October 2019

Research!America

The fall 2019 edition of Research!America's newsletter, the Research Advocate, is now online! Among the articles in this issue:

Advocacy Award Recipients Announced

The 24th annual Research!America Advocacy Awards, to be held at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. on March 11, 2020, brings together leaders from government, industry, academia, patient groups, scientific societies, independent research institutes, and health advocacy organizations to honor exceptional advocates for research. Earlier this month, Research!America announced the first round of recipients for many of the awards. Bruce M. Alberts, PhD, former president (1993-2005) of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), will receive the 2020 John Edward Porter Legacy Award, generously supported by Ann Lurie. Other 2020 Advocacy Award honorees announced are three co-recipients of the Geoffrey Beene Foundation Builders of Science AwardMyron M. Levine, MD, DTPH, associate dean for Global Health, Vaccinology & Infectious Diseases at the University of Maryland School of MedicineGary J. Nabel, MD, PhD, chief scientific officer and senior vice president for Global Research & Development at Sanofi; and Paul A. Offit, MD, professor of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

AMR Briefing

Research!America hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill with the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), AdvaMedDX, and BD entitled “Leading the Charge Against Antimicrobial Resistance: Partnering to Meet the Challenge.” The panelists included Michael Craig, Senior Advisor, CDC, Robin Patel, MD, President, ASM, Susan Van Meter, Executive Director, AdvaMedDx, Kalvin Yu, MD, BD, and the discussion was moderated by Amanda Jezek, Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Government Relations, Infectious Diseases Society of America.

NCCIH Research Symposium

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) held a research symposium in honor of its 20th anniversary to examine the progress in complementary and integrative health research and explore the future of the field.

Federal Policy Update

At the end of September, Congress passed and President Trump signed a continuing resolution (CR) extending government funding beyond the end of FY19 through November 21. Little progress has been made since then. According to reports, congressional leaders are discussing a second CR that could flat-fund government until February or March of next year. 

Member Spotlight: National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Research is a core way to find answers, solutions and a cure for people with MS. The Society believes that robust research funding- across a variety of research pathways- is critical to accelerating pathways to a cure.

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The capabilities are enormous, a little bit of research can pay off quite a bit in the long run.
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