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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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Dear Research Advocate: Although Congress officially returns next week, many Members are back in Washington as the debate about the crisis in Syria commands center stage. Members also face looming fiscal deadlines, with only nine legislative days scheduled in September to act on those and a large backlog of other legislation. Given all this, it is not hard to predict how Congress will handle the long- or short-term budget resolutions, debt ceiling, the future of sequestration, tax and entitlement reform, and a myriad of other interconnected items: They will put off decision-making. Thus a continuing resolution (“CR”), extending FY13 budgets, looks likely, once again kicking the can down the...
By Kathryn L. Kelley, Chief Advancement Officer at The Ohio State University College of Nursing. Mary Woolley, president and CEO of Research!America, is a guest of the popular ’€œ Viewpoints of Innovative Healthcare Leaders ,’€ podcast beginning Wednesday, September 4. She spoke about the lower purchasing power of NIH research dollars now compared to 20 years ago and the great need for everyone (especially researchers) to speak out about the value of research for understanding health. The Ohio State University College of Nursing’€™s biweekly podcast series hosted by Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMH-NP, FNAP, FAAN, dean of the college and university chief wellness officer, spotlights...
By Kathryn L. Kelley, Chief Advancement Officer at The Ohio State University College of Nursing. Mary Woolley, president and CEO of Research!America, is a guest of the popular ’€œ Viewpoints of Innovative Healthcare Leaders ,’€ podcast beginning Wednesday, September 4. She spoke about the lower purchasing power of NIH research dollars now compared to 20 years ago and the great need for everyone (especially researchers) to speak out about the value of research for understanding health. The Ohio State University College of Nursing’€™s biweekly podcast series hosted by Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMH-NP, FNAP, FAAN, dean of the college and university chief wellness officer, spotlights...
Dear Research Advocate: The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the clarion call for equality for all Americans brings to mind the work still to be done to address health disparities. For example, cancer incidence and death rates are significantly higher for African-Americans than for all other ethnic groups, and Hispanic and African-American adults are 1.5 to 2 times more likely to have diabetes than white adults. Our polling shows that nearly 75% of Americans believe it is imperative to conduct research to understand and combat health disparities. As a community of advocates, we need to press policy makers to keep this unacceptable gap in health care and health outcomes in...
Dear Research Advocate: The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the clarion call for equality for all Americans brings to mind the work still to be done to address health disparities. For example, cancer incidence and death rates are significantly higher for African-Americans than for all other ethnic groups, and Hispanic and African-American adults are 1.5 to 2 times more likely to have diabetes than white adults. Our polling shows that nearly 75% of Americans believe it is imperative to conduct research to understand and combat health disparities. As a community of advocates, we need to press policy makers to keep this unacceptable gap in health care and health outcomes in...
CSBI Encourages a Tax Code that Promotes Economic Growth and Creates Jobs ALEXANDRIA, Va.- August 28, 2013 - Research!America announced today it has joined the Coalition of Small Business Innovators (CSBI). CSBI is a national, non-partisan coalition of organizations dedicated to stimulating sustained, private investment in small, highly innovative companies focusing on the development of new technologies. Research!America is the nation’s largest nonprofit public education and advocacy alliance working to make research to improve health a higher national priority. “Research!America is a particularly influential voice in efforts to promote medical innovation. Our missions are well-aligned,...
CSBI Encourages a Tax Code that Promotes Economic Growth and Creates Jobs ALEXANDRIA, Va.- August 28, 2013 - Research!America announced today it has joined the Coalition of Small Business Innovators (CSBI). CSBI is a national, non-partisan coalition of organizations dedicated to stimulating sustained, private investment in small, highly innovative companies focusing on the development of new technologies. Research!America is the nation’s largest nonprofit public education and advocacy alliance working to make research to improve health a higher national priority. “Research!America is a particularly influential voice in efforts to promote medical innovation. Our missions are well-aligned,...
By Amanda Garzon, Communications and Marketing Manager and Ashly Westrick, Research Manager at the Hydrocephalus Association . The Hydrocephalus Association (HA) is proud to be a member of Research!America. HA is a charitable organization dedicated to eliminating the challenges of hydrocephalus by stimulating research, as well as helping people who are affected by this condition through education, support, and advocacy initiatives. HA views research as a critical part of our mission. Hydrocephalus is a condition characterized by the abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid within cavities of the brain. Nearly one million Americans ’€“ including children, seniors, and even veterans ’€“...
By Amanda Garzon, Communications and Marketing Manager and Ashly Westrick, Research Manager at the Hydrocephalus Association . The Hydrocephalus Association (HA) is proud to be a member of Research!America. HA is a charitable organization dedicated to eliminating the challenges of hydrocephalus by stimulating research, as well as helping people who are affected by this condition through education, support, and advocacy initiatives. HA views research as a critical part of our mission. Hydrocephalus is a condition characterized by the abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid within cavities of the brain. Nearly one million Americans ’€“ including children, seniors, and even veterans ’€“...
Research Australia has released its 2013 public opinion poll which reveals strong support for funding health and medical research. The findings provide an interesting backdrop for the country’€™s parliamentary elections this year. Research Australia asked respondents their views on what priorities the Federal Government should be focusing on over the next 2 ’€“ 3 years. Three significant health issues ranked high in the results: improving the hospital and healthcare systems, more funding for health and medical research and increasing funding and programs for preventative healthcare. Australians value a wide range of research, from basic research resulting in new discoveries, to...

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