Research!America Honors Trailblazers in Research and Health Advocacy


From a challenge that raised millions and created buzz worldwide to groundbreaking research of a Nobel laureate whose contributions to cancer research are far-reaching, Research!America’s 2016 Advocacy Award honorees are individuals and organizations who are trailblazers in advocacy for medical and health research. The event will be held on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Harold Varmus, a Lewis Thomas University professor at the Meyer Cancer Center of Weill Cornell Medicine, will be honored with the Legacy Award. Dr. Varmus is the co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for studies of the genetic basis of cancer and is a lifelong research advocate.

The ALS Association, who raised the bar in grassroots advocacy with the “Ice Bucket Challenge,” will be recognized with the Paul G. Rogers Distinguished Organization Advocacy Award. Harnessing the power of Hollywood and raising more than $360 million to support collaborative cancer research with Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), Lisa Paulsen and The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) will be honored with the Isadore Rosenfeld Award for Impact on Public Opinion. Other honorees include Dr. John Noseworthy, president and CEO of Mayo Clinic, who has focused his career on advancing research to meet the needs of individual patients, will receive the Geoffrey Beene Builders of Science Award. George and Trish Vradenburg, co-founders of UsAgainstAlzheimer’s (UsA2), who are committed to changing the status quo for Alzheimer’s research and treatment, and will be honored with Gordon and Llura Gund Leadership Award. Dr. Robert Langer, Institute professor at MIT who champions the power of investments in basic research, will be honored with the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Award for Sustained National Leadership

More information about the 2016 Advocacy Awards dinner and the honorees is available here. Join the conversation and send a note of congratulations to the award recipients on Twitter using hashtag #RAswards16. 

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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.
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