Top 10 most popular Research!America blog posts of 2015


As 2015 comes to an end, let’s revisit the top ten most popular Research!America blog posts of the year (based on page views) that emphasized the importance of communicating the value of research and making research and innovation a higher national priority. We would like to thank our outstanding guest bloggers, including early career scientists, and leaders representing academia, industry, patient groups and scientific societies, who believe in the endless possibilities of scientific discovery, development and delivery to improve our nation’s health.

1) Lessons learned from a workshop on effective science communication

April 24: Our most popular post of the year! Debra Cooper, Ph.D., a CCST Science Policy Fellow at the California Legislature, Senate Office of Research wrote an article about her experience as a participant at the “Connecting the Dots: Effectively Communicating Science to Non-Scientists” workshop, hosted by Research!America and George Washington University. “Scientists go through rigorous training to learn skills necessary to perform quality research. We learn to properly create an experiment, analyze the data, and prepare it to be presented. Unfortunately, little time and effort is devoted to teaching budding scientists how to deliver scientific messages to other audiences.” Read our top blog post here.

2) Medication adherence & pharmacists: A $200 billion opportunity

August 12: Our second most viewed blog post comes from the Dean of the College of Pharmacy and vice president of academic affairs at Northeast Ohio Medical University, Charles Taylor, Pharm.D. Charles wrote about the necessity of medication adherence and the transformation of the pharmacy profession in patient care. Read more here.

3) Member Spotlight: Louisiana State University

April 20: Our third most popular blog post comes from one of our member institutions, the Louisiana State University College of Science. Cynthia Peterson, Dean of the LSU College of Science described the NIH and NSF funded projects underway at LSU, in areas such as: coastal sustainability and environment, conventional and renewable energy, high performance computing, and biotechnology and biomedical research. Read more here.

4) Communication workshop offers new possibilities for connecting with non-scientists

April 21: Paul R. Burghardt, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the department of nutrition and food science at Wayne State University talked about his experience attending “Connecting the Dots: Effectively Communicating Science to Non-Scientists,” and the importance of scientists communicating with the public. “An enormous strength of the workshop is that it brought what seemed to be disparate issues together and linked them conceptually. This approach produced an integrative “package” of skills that will be particularly useful for any scientist who is planning to communicate with non-scientists.” Read more here.

5) National Public Health Week reminds us of the importance of prevention research

April 7: Every year, the American Public Health Association (APHA) celebrates National Public Health Week to recognize the contributions of public health professionals and highlight issues that are important to improving the health of our nation. Research!America board member and APHA director, Georges Benjamin, M.D., discussed the need for more investment in Centers for Disease Control and public health research. Read more here.

6) Cancer prevention as our first best hope: Action in prevention research and cancer control

June 10: A guest blog post from Ernest T. Hawk, M.D., described cancer prevention research underway at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. “Despite many promising and innovative new therapies, cancer prevention remains “Plan A,” our first and best hope to reduce the burden of this disease.” Read more here.

7) Will precision medicine revolutionize patient care? Panel discussions at upcoming BIO International Convention

May 4: A Research!America article describing upcoming panel discussions on precision medicine at the BIO International Convention focused on immediate goals of the initiative including expanding current cancer genomics research. Read more here.

8) Once upon a time, a scientist had an idea...

March 9: Spectrum Science Communications CEO John J. Seng discussed the art of storytelling when describing a scientific breakthrough in an article. “Telling a compelling story to the right people is a powerful way for organizations and companies to meet some of the challenges facing medical research today.” Read more here.

9) Federally-funded research across the continuum works against heart disease

April 28: Highlights from the briefing co-hosted by Research!America, the American Heart Association, and WomenHeart titled, “From Discovery to Delivery: Research at Work Against Heart Disease.” “Imagine a world where we are all able to reduce the burden of heart disease; where we can deliver personalized medicine and at the right time to make a difference,” said Shobha Ghosh, M.D., a researcher and professor at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. Read more here.

10) An end to end approach to advancing medical innovation

March 19: Research!America board member and global head of research & development at Janssen, Dr. William N. Hait discussed the importance of the 21st Century Cures Act in advancing the speed of medical innovation. “These efforts, combined with more robust federal funding of health research, as well as new STEM education initiatives supported by Johnson & Johnson and others, form an end-to-end approach that will enhance critically needed research.” Read more here.

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