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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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Recently, a group of scientists, clinicians and patients gathered in a suburb of Washington, DC to discuss scientific progress in the study of a rare premature aging disorder. This disease, Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome’€”often referred to as HGPS or simply progeria’€”is one you may not have heard of, yet. But the Progeria Research Foundation and families of progeria patients have been working hard to increase awareness and raise funds for research into this rare disease that results in death at an average age of only 13. Among the list of speakers at the conference was the Director of the National Institutes of Health, Francis Collins, MD, PhD and researchers from a number of...
The Food and Drug Administration, the oldest comprehensive consumer protection agency in the U.S. federal government, is charged with protecting the public health. Under this mandate, it regulates drugs and medical devices for their safety and effectiveness. But is it a failing mandate? It’€™s been argued that the FDA’€™s long and costly approval processes stifle innovation and keep life-changing treatments from the market. When it comes to public health, is it ever OK to sacrifice safety for speed? Research!America has asked that same question in polling over the years; most recently in August 2012 . We asked 1,052 likely voters whether FDA should move more quickly despite the risks or...
Woolley addresses the class of 2013. Photo courtesy of Sandy Kicman, University at Buffalo. As commencement speaker, Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley challenged University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences graduates to step outside of their comfort zone and become advocates for research. Drawing on her own personal experiences, Woolley told the nearly 150 graduates who received their degrees on May 3 how research has dramatically affected the way in which medicine is practiced’€”including research that proved smoking was harmful and research that revealed differences in cardiovascular health in men versus women. ’€œIt is the very function of research to...
by Morgan McCloskey, Global Health Intern and Ellie Dehoney, Vice President of Policy and Programs at Research!America. This entry was originally posted as a guest contribution to the USAID IMPACT Blog. Doctor prepares malaria treatment. Photo credit: IMAD In the past decade, U.S. investments in science, technology and innovation have led to critical breakthroughs in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of deadly global diseases. We now have a meningitis vaccine for African populations, a new test that can quickly diagnose drug-resistant TB and promising data indicating that a vaccine could prevent HIV infection. We have developed desperately needed new drugs for neglected diseases and have...
Research saves lives. Fundamental research into pediatric cancers has led to a 66% decrease in mortality for these cancers over the past 40 years. Research!America is proud to recognize May as National Cancer Research Month in conjunction with our many members who are working to find and fund cures for all types of cancer. Research institutions like the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute , Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center , University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center are just a handful of Research!America members who are working in this vital area of research. In light of the ongoing debates among Washington policy makers about priorities for the...
by Erin L. Cadwalader, PhD; P hoebe S. Leboy Public Policy Fellow Association for Women in Science The Association for Women in Science ( AWIS ) is the only multidisciplinary association representing women across all STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines and employment sectors. AWIS reaches more than 15,000 professionals in STEM with members and chapters nationwide. Women are earning more degrees than men in biomedical sciences at every level of education, and this has been the case for some time. However, a variety of factors contribute to the failure of academia and industry to retain them. AWIS works to identify obstacles that hinder the advancement of...
Dear Research Advocate, President Obama spoke to the National Academies of Science on Monday. I commend his remarks to you. He charged the members of the Academy, and by extension the science community writ large, to engage at ’€œthe center and the heart of our public debate.’€ He said that IF scientists do so, the nation will be assured of continued prominence. IF is a tall order — it makes most scientists very uncomfortable, but it is essential that we get out of our comfort zone right now. The president didn’€™t pound his fist on the podium in stressing this, so I will. The science community simply cannot step away from the public and political fray right now; not if we want to see the...
Every year, Research!America honors outstanding biomedical and health research advocates from a variety of fields. We are currently accepting nominations for our 25 th Anniversary Advocacy Awards. Through these awards, Research!America recognizes individuals and organizations whose leadership efforts have been notably effective in advancing our nation’s commitment to research. The nomination process is simple and the deadline is May 15 . There are multiple categories, including individual and organization awards. Past winners include CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta , MD, patient advocate John Crowley , Chair and CEO, Amicus Therapeutics, Bob Woodruff , the March of Dimes and...
By Wendy K. D. Selig, president and CEO of Melanoma Research Alliance The Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA), a unique non-profit organization that funds the most promising melanoma research, was founded in 2007 by Debra and Leon Black under the auspices of the Milken Institute. In just six years, MRA has become the largest private funder of melanoma research and has awarded almost $48 million to 116 different research programs worldwide. MRA-supported projects are dedicated to accelerating progress toward the prevention, detection and treatment of deadly skin cancer. In order to raise awareness of this disease and the need to invest in research for live-saving treatments, we are...
The winners of The 2013 Communicator Awards were recently announced by the International Academy of the Visual Arts. With over 6000 entries received from across the US and around the world, the Communicator Awards is the largest and most competitive awards program honoring the creative excellence for communications professionals. We are pleased to announce that Research!America’€™s Save Research advertisement was honored with the Award of Excellence and the 13 th volume of America Speaks , our national poll data summary, was granted the Award of Distinction . The Save Research ad was published in several Capitol Hill newspapers and posted in Metro stations in the Washington, D.C. metro area...

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