September 2018: The Research Advocate

Research!America

The September 2018 newsletter is now online

Highlights from this month include: 

Research!America hosted its 2018 National Health Research Forum at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Top leaders in government, industry, patient advocacy and academia talked about “in the moment” issues that could impact the trajectory of medical and health research and public health. Thought leaders came together for candid discussions on efforts to find solutions to pressing health challenges. 

Research!America has selected 10 graduate student and postdoc-led science policy groups from across the country to receive microgrants as part of the Bipartisan Civic Engagement Initiative. Groups will work to increase their level of civic engagement and outreach to the general public and candidates running for national office during the 2018 midterm elections.

Participants will come together on October 10, 2018 for a timely discussion about the role oral health plays in systemic health, the benefits of treating periodontitis on overall health, the need for continued research in this field, and the public health implications of unmet oral health needs.

This month's member spotlight is from the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG), the world’s largest genetics professional society, with more than 7,000 members including researchers, clinicians, genetic counselors, and other genetics professionals. Its members are at the forefront of research exploring the workings of the human genome, the genetic underpinnings of disease, and the application of research findings to health advances. 

Research!America president and CEO Mary Woolley spoke to a crowd of early-career global health researchers during the 2018 Fogarty Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars Orientation and Training held at the National Institutes of Health on July 19. She encouraged the fellows and scholars to increase their engagement with the public because “science does not speak for itself.” 

Download the entire September 2018 Research Advocate as a PDF.

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If concerted, long-term investments in research are not made, America will lose an entire generation of young scientists.
Brenda Canine, PhD; McLaughlin Research Institute, Montana