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Research!America is dedicated to ensuring a strong public and private sector investment in research to improve health at a level warranted by scientific opportunity and supported by public opinion. Member organizations and others share their perspectives on a wide variety of topics relating to public and private sector research and innovation, and public health. The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of Research!America.

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March 8-14 is World Glaucoma Week 2020, with events being held around the globe. As one of those events, Research!America and AEVR are pleased to join in releasing the latest edition of the Vision and Blindness fact sheet , which provides useful information about eye disease and vision impairment, including the latest research into glaucoma. Americans fear vision loss more than most other medical conditions, as reported in a 2014 Research!America poll conducted for AEVR. Since glaucoma is the second leading cause of preventable vision loss in the United States, sustained education about the disease is vital as individuals often are unaware they have it until vision is lost. A neurological...
More than 9,000 scientists, educators, and journalists gathered in Seattle, February 13-16, 2020, for presentations, lectures, and networking at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting: “Envisioning Tomorrow’s Earth.” Sessions and discussions focused on climate change, biomedical and engineering advances, science advocacy and communication, and future health strategies. This was my third AAAS meeting and I arrived in Seattle having recently completed my PhD in biomedical science at The Rockefeller University. One session, titled “Science is Political, Not Partisan: Best Practices for Science Policy Advocates” was organized by the director of membership...
Dear Research Advocate, In their different ways, Super Tuesday and COVID-19 both speak to public sentiment. What are Americans’ expectations for those who represent them in Washington — and candidates who want to represent them in Washington — when it comes to promoting and protecting their best interests? A new Research!America-commissioned survey (in the field just days before COVID-19 captured worldwide public attention) found that Americans want their policymakers to consult with public health professionals and scientists; are deeply concerned about a diversity of public health issues affecting their families, their communities, and our nation as a whole; and believe there should be...
Dear Research Advocate, Super Tuesday is just days away. While media is largely focused on the Presidential candidates, candidates for Congress will also be selected. As we head into the general election, Research!America will be launching a non-partisan initiative to inform all candidates about where voters stand on medical and scientific research. Earlier this month, we released data from our January survey demonstrating widespread, bipartisan support for more research funding to address the many critical health issues facing Americans today. More poll data from our January survey will be online shortly; watch for it, and put it to use! We all think it’s important that candidates know...
As Research!America prepares for our 24th Advocacy Awards Dinner , we want readers to learn more about our award recipients. We are continuing our Tuesday series leading up to the March 11 event. Please meet Michael M.E. Johns, MD, recipient of the Herbert Pardes Family Award for National Leadership in Advocacy for Research. Michael M.E. Johns, MD Professor, Schools of Medicine and Public Health, Emory University When did you know you were an advocate for scientific research and innovation? I first sensed the excitement of research in medical school working in my mentor’s lab and continued to pursue research as a faculty member. My first full understanding of the importance of advocacy...
Dear Research Advocate, Partnering with the National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI), Research!America commissioned a survey released this week finding that not only do Americans strongly support organ and tissue donation for research, they believe it is important to encourage more people to donate for both medical and research purposes. Respondents admire those who donate for research as well as for transplant. We may be at an important inflection point with more research made possible because more people will donate. Speaking of surveys, the AAAS Annual Meeting last week was jam-packed with programs about how the public trusts (or mostly trusts) science and appreciates scientific...
As Research!America prepares for our 24th Advocacy Awards Dinner , we want readers to learn more about our award recipients. We are continuing our Tuesday series leading up to the March 11 event. Please meet Cyndi Zagieboylo, representing the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, recipient of the 2020 Paul G. Rogers Distinguished Organization Advocacy Award. Cyndi Zagieboylo President and CEO, National Multiple Sclerosis Society When did you know you were an advocate for scientific research and innovation? When I started my work at the National MS Society in 1985, the importance of research was immediately clear. With no disease-modifying therapies and a dearth of physicians who wanted to...
Dear Research Advocate, The President released his proposed budget for FY21 earlier this week, kicking off the federal budget season. The President’s budget is a statement of priorities, even if it has no force of law (it’s the Congress that is charged in the Constitution with the ‘power of the purse’), and it rightly gets considerable attention. We think it’s deeply damaging for our nation that a higher priority isn’t being placed on science. Among the counterproductive proposals in the budget is a more than 7% cut to NIH and a double-digit cut to the CDC. Our colleague Jenny was quoted in Bloomberg Government as noting that, as underscored by the coronavirus outbreak, “the most important...
As Research!America prepares for our 24th Advocacy Awards Dinner , we want readers to learn more about our award recipients. We are continuing our Tuesday series leading up to the March 11 event. Please meet Dr. Bruce Alberts, recipient of the 2020 John Edward Porter Legacy Award, generously supported by Ann Lurie. Bruce M. Alberts, PhD Chancellor's Leadership Chair in Biochemistry and Biophysics for Science and Education, University of California, San Francisco When did you know you were an advocate for scientific research and innovation? I think that, like a great many others in my generation, I was first inspired to pursue science as a teenager by reading The Microbe Hunters by Paul de...
Dear Research Advocate, We were pleased to hear President Trump, in his State of the Union address (SOTU) earlier this week, highlight the importance of progress against health threats. Specifically he referenced mental health challenges, Alzheimer’s disease, kidney disease, HIV/AIDS, the opioid epidemic, childhood cancer, and the current coronavirus outbreak. What we didn’t hear, unfortunately, is that the President will grow federal funding for research. Nor did we hear him speak of plans to assure U.S. leadership in the global R&D arena, giving it the priority merited by its strategic significance. The President’s references during the SOTU to dramatically lowering prescription drug...

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