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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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Each July, the vision community joins to recognize Dry Eye Awareness Month. Dry eye disease (DED), along with ocular pain and ocular inflammation, are among conditions experienced in Ocular Surface Disease (OSD), which affects structures on the front of the eye, including the clear cornea through which we see. As clinicians and researchers more fully understand the breadth of OSD, they have increasingly recognized the role that lifestyle and the environment play in its development, especially dry eye. DED, which has been identified as a global problem affecting more than 30 million people in the United States alone, occurs when the eye does not produce tears properly or when the tears are...
The Research!America 2021 Virtual Advocacy Awards program featured a discussion in recognition of the 2021 Rapid Translation Award , which honors a public-private partnership that has made progress in the fight against COVID-19. The honorees are Moderna and the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Former NIH Director (2002-2008) and Research!America Board member, Elias Zerhouni, MD, introduced Dr. Barney Graham of NIAID and Dr. Stephen Hoge of Moderna for a conversation with Susan Dentzer, Senior Policy Fellow at Robert J. Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University and Research!America Board Chair, about the importance of public-private partnerships and...
The Research!America 2021 Virtual Advocacy Awards program featured recognition of several of the 2020 awardees we were unable to salute in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Herbert Pardes, Executive Vice Chairman of Board of Trustees, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, and Research!America board member, introduced the speakers and extended his thanks. “I want to thank you all for your respective contributions to science and health. We've never needed you more than now,” he said. Stephen Rosenfeld, MD, President, Freeport Research Systems, and President, Rosenfeld Heart Foundation, led these remarkable advocates, scientists, and researchers in a discussion intended to allow the audience...
Dear Research Advocate, Last week, we asked you to weigh in with House leadership to bring up key research legislation for a vote. Good news! The National Science Foundation for the Future Act ( H.R.2225 ) and Department of Energy Science for the Future Act ( H.R.3593 ) were both passed this week. Part of what President Biden calls a “once in a generation” investment, these bills put forth important policies and authorize new funding levels designed to drive faster innovation in science and technology at NSF and DOE. The House bills are expected to be conferenced with the Senate-passed United States Innovation and Competition Act ( S.1260 ). The Science and Technology Action Committee,...
The next generation of health professionals needs to be equipped with the right training to make a demonstrable impact. Preparing tomorrow’s thought leaders to approach the challenges this century brings is the job of educators at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. To train neuroscientists at every level of learning, the university’s programs include biomedical science graduate and undergraduate programs; Discovery PREP to prepare post-baccalaureate students for biomedical PhD graduate work; and a unique medical research program, ASPIRE , which provides undergraduate students from underrepresented and disadvantaged groups with early research experience to get them ready for...
The Research!America 2021 Virtual Advocacy Awards program featured a discussion with the co-recipients of the 2020 Geoffrey Beene Builders of Science Award in which they shared advice they’ve received and thoughts for the next generation of leaders. Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson, MD, introduced the three co-recipients: Myron M. Levine, MD, DTPH, Associate Dean for Global Health, Vaccinology & Infectious Diseases, Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine. Gary J. Nabel, MD, PhD, President and CEO, ModeX Therapeutics. Paul A. Offit, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Ross Levine, MD,...
As we celebrate Pride Month, it is important to recognize lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) individuals who are making a difference for science and society. The courage to be visible is vital; it gives people role models, encourages freedom of expression, and opens a dialogue of inclusion across cultures. A testament to the power of visability and advocating for others, neuroscientist Ben Barres, MD, PhD, was an openly transgender scientist and ardent advocate for early-career scientists and for equal opportunity for gender and sexual minorities in the sciences. Credited with the revolutionary discovery of the crucial roles played by glial cells (supportive cells in...
Dear Research Advocate, Discovery, Development, and Delivery 2.0: Representatives Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Fred Upton (R-MI) have released a “Cures 2.0” discussion draft that addresses a range of critical issues bearing on the future of health and healthcare. Read our statement applauding these research champions here and a section-by-section summary of the draft here . The discussion draft includes provisions that would authorize President Biden’s proposed ARPA-H. Reps. DeGette and Upton have issued a request for information to inform their continued work on these provisions. On Thursday, July 8 at 1:00 p.m. ET, key staff from both Representatives’ offices will be joining an alliance...
Dear Research Advocate, On the Hill: Will progress be a priority? The moment you take today to advocate (that’s presumptuous of me, but I know the readers of this weekly letter are action-oriented) is timely: the House has established a preliminary topline appropriations number of $1.5 trillion for both defense and non-defense discretionary spending. This placeholder number, which tracks closely to the President’s topline, enables the House to begin the FY22 appropriations process in earnest — allocating funding to each Appropriations Subcommittee and crafting various funding bills. While the House topline may change a bit later this summer and the Senate has not yet floated a topline, the...
University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean and Research!America board member, E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, recently announced the conclusion of the Special Trans-Disciplinary Recruitment Award Program (STRAP), a highly successful faculty initiative that brought dozens of top researcher-physician-scientists and biomedical scientists to the UMSOM faculty. This program will be succeeded by a new Dean's challenge initiative that will focus on large program projects and center grants, known as the LGAP Initiative (Large Grant Award Program). The STRAP Initiative was led by Terry Rogers, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Associate Dean for Research Development...

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