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, Today, the Supreme Court surprised many in upholding most aspects of the Affordable Care Act. As the pundits and the blogosphere stoke continuing debate, candidates will stake out positions and policy makers will consider next steps. And everyone will have a point of view. As you express yours, I urge you to use a communication ’€œbridge’€ to talk about the future of health and health care not only as an outcome of a court or legislative action, but as an outcome of research. Because of research, we live longer lives, death rates from heart disease have declined by 65% over the past 30 years, we don’€™t consider childhood cancer or HIV/AIDS a death sentence, and we...
The following is a statement from Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley on the Senate’s passage of FDA user fee legislation: “Senate approval of the FDA Safety and Innovation Act demonstrates the willingness of lawmakers to prioritize the health and safety of patients. The bipartisanship displayed in crafting and moving the bill through Congress underscores the strong support for bringing lifesaving treatments to patients in a safe, efficient and speedy manner. The additional funding for review of prescription drugs and medical devices, along with key policy changes, will accelerate the approval process and address issues that have for too long disrupted the flow of innovative new...
To read our blog posts on global health, click here . Global and public health research and development (R&D) creates tools to combat killers like HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and neglected tropical diseases. It is also a vehicle for job growth and generating economic activity here in the United States. Federal funding for global and public health R&D is the smart thing to do for the U.S. and the right thing to do for the world. To learn more about Research!America’s activities in global and public health R&D advocacy, see our website .
Medical research is at risk in our nation. So too is prevention research, as well as the research needed to combat disease outbreaks, weed out costly inefficiencies and deadly errors from our health care system. Sequestration has already resulted in cuts to our federal health agencies; these cuts are on top of deep cuts already made to research. These continued cuts are stalling innovation and economic growth and discouraging the next generation of researchers and patients waiting for cures. If Congress continues to cut core federal functions, compromising our nation’€™s health and science agencies (National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug...
Research!America has come out with a four-part ad series titled: ’€œNice Save ’€“ American Ingenuity Saves Lives.’€ The ads began running in Politico last week and continue this week; if you live in the D.C. region and ride Metro, you’ll also see these ads appearing on the red line , starting July 9. This global health R&D awareness campaign highlights the success and (sometimes unexpected) payoffs of investing in health and global health research. Please view the ad series and learn how you can make a difference here .
Thanks for stopping by, and welcome to our humble new abode! After years of hosting a blog on our domain, we felt it was time to give our blog a fresh coat of paint and some new appliances. The end result is what you see here, and this will be the home of Research!America’s blog moving forward. Our old blog home will still live on as an archive, as we believe there is plenty of timeless and valuable information there. But we will no longer be adding new posts there. So please, take a look around and help us test the blinds. If you see something that’s not working as it should, please let us know by dropping an email to . Again, thank you and welcome!
We NEED CURES, NOT CUTS. Sequestration arbitrarily stifles federal investment in national priorities like medical research and innovation, at the expense of America and Americans. Deficit reduction is important, but there are ways to achieve it that do not set out nation back, threatening our global leadership and shortchanging the health and safety of the American people.
On May 29, 2020, Research!America hosted an alliance member meeting with two distinguished representatives of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Dr. Carolyn Clancy, Deputy Under Secretary for Discovery, Education and Affiliate Networks, and Dr. Rachel Ramoni, Chief Research and Development Officer, in concert, discussed the breadth of funding and capabilities that the VA has across the nation, presenting unique opportunities for innovative research that tackles disease in general, and as of late, responses specific to COVID-19. This is a summary of that meeting. The Veterans Health Administration has significant reach: 105 active research sites across the country, 7,372 funded...


You can change the image of things to come. But you can’t do it sitting on your hands … The science community should reach out to Congress and build bridges.
The Honorable John E. Porter