Statement from Research!America Chair John Edward Porter and CEO Mary Woolley on Passing of Senator Arlen Specter


We extend our deepest condolences to Senator Arlen Specter’s family, friends and colleagues as they mourn the passing of a loved and respected statesman and a true champion of medical research.  Specter’s leadership in generating critical support for medical and health research is a testament to his dedication to improving the health of all Americans and securing our position as a global leader in science and innovation.  As a congressional leader, Specter played a pivotal role in the doubling of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget over five years and two Administrations and in 2009 assured that funding for the NIH and other health agencies were included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  He was also a stalwart advocate for embryonic stem cell research and worked to secure U.S. funding for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.  Research!America was proud to honor Specter with our rarely-awarded Legacy Award in 2009 for his noteworthy contributions and the Edwin C. Whitehead Award for Medical Research Advocacy in 2000. His remarkable achievements as an advocate for scientific discovery will be long remembered and greatly appreciated by future generations.

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We have health challenges in this country that science will provide answers for if given the chance and we haven't given science that opportunity
Mary Woolley, President and CEO, Research!America