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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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Over 5.7 million critically ill patients are admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) in the U.S. each year. For over two decades, I have led research to reduce risk and prevent serious complications for these vulnerable patients. Ventilator-associated pneumonia is one of the most common complications associated with critical illness. In the 1990s, about one in four patients on a hospital ventilator breathing machine contracted pneumonia and half would die. The protocols I developed through studies funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) led to clinical practice changes and a significant decrease in ICU ventilator-associated...
“The health care economy is $3.2 trillion today - 18% of the gross domestic product - and is projected to grow to about 20% over the next several years,” said CVS Health executive vice president Thomas M. Moriarty at a POLITICO Live Health IT panel on Thursday, May 10 in Washington, D.C. “That 2% could be invested in education and other key things that we need as a nation, so we need to accelerate the change [in developing better care at lower prices].” The conversation, facilitated by Politico CEO Patrick Steel was centered on the barriers to properly implementing digital health tools in doctors’ offices around the country and how best to overcome those barriers. One such hurdle is the...
Dear Research Advocate: On Tuesday, President Trump officially sent his rescissions package to Congress, impounding $15.4 billion in discretionary and mandatory spending authority and requesting that Congress rescind (cancel) it. While uncertainty still reigns, it appears that both Houses will, in fact, go through the process of formally reviewing the rescissions package. Members of Congress have a 45-day window to act; if they don’t, it’s back to business as usual. Here is a quick primer the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget put together on the rescissions process. Among the discretionary and mandatory funding cuts included in the package: $400 million in Ebola funding and $800...
Twenty-two percent of all U.S. injuries in the most recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs). If you or a family member were impacted, were you aware of the potential consequences of those injuries? The most common comorbid condition with a TBI is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Of soldiers with TBI, more than 40% have also been diagnosed with PTSD. The problem is that PTSD cannot be seen, and so we wait on individuals to report symptoms, but by then it’s often too late! According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, as many as 22 veterans committed suicide per day in 2013. What if a blood test could tell you who is at risk? My research...
What are some of the most effective strategies in communicating nursing research on digital platforms? Research!America facilitated a half-day workshop titled “Maximizing Nursing Research and Digital Storytelling” at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHU SON) on April 26 with faculty and students to enhance their outreach to different audiences. Research!America Vice President of Communications Suzanne Ffolkes shared key findings from surveys commissioned by the alliance which revealed that while Americans consider scientists the most trusted spokespersons for the profession, less than a quarter can name an actual living scientist and only a third can name an institution where...
The May/June 2018 newsletter is now online . Highlights from this month include: Scientists, students and science enthusiasts came out in droves for March for Science events in Washington, D.C., and globally on Saturday, April 14. Thousands gathered to call attention to how science serves society and increase the visibility of science. Speaking to a crowd of young scientists and faculty, Research!America president and CEO Mary Woolley emphasized how important advocacy for research is to the future of our nation during George Washington University’s Research Days on Wednesday, April 11. Speakers shared insights on fostering greater interaction between scientists and non-scientists during an...
Ella Murray is a happy, inquisitive elementary school student. However, because she was born without collagen factor VII, she suffers from a disease called epidermolysis bullosa (EB). This causes her to develop blisters all over her body, and she has to endure 3 hours of bandage changes multiple times a week. There are currently no therapies for EB, in part due to low prevalence of the disease and low enrollment in clinical trials. Joe Murray, Ella’s dad, told her story and called on researchers to inform communities about existing clinical trials during the Coalition for Clinical Trials Awareness panel discussion on child inclusion in clinical trials held in Washington, D.C. on May 1. This...
At The Ohio State University College of Nursing, our faculty are spearheading important research that is making a difference in lives, improving population health and well-being, and decreasing health care costs. Our faculty have over $3 million of funded grants from the National Institutes of Health to conduct cutting-edge research to improve outcomes in vulnerable populations. Research that nurses conduct is focused on solving real-world problems in real time. A substantial number of our research studies, conducted by faculty in our Martha S. Pitzer Center for Women, Children and Youth, focus on optimizing health and well-being of pregnant women and infants, such as a study funded by the...
2017 was a historic year for disasters in quantity, magnitude and destruction. They shattered prior cost records, left hundreds, possibly thousands, dead and pushed thousands more into already strained health systems with new and chronic injuries and illnesses. Early predictions are already calling for an above average hurricane season in 2018. Now is the time to take a new approach in examining what happened during these disasters so we can be better prepared to help survivors of future disasters. I am a clinician-scientist who studies the health effects of disasters. For example, one of my recent studies showed that hospitalizations for older adults increase well beyond the initial impact...
Dear Research Advocate: A special thanks to Grace Stuntz and Nick Bath of the Senate HELP Committee for meeting with Research!America alliance members on Tuesday to discuss the committee’s 2018 research-related priorities, among which opioid response legislation is front and center. The HELP Committee has passed a bipartisan bill and is working on determining likely amendments in anticipation of a floor vote; the House Energy & Commerce Committee hopes to approve a package and secure House passage by Memorial Day. The opioid bills in both Houses reflect the diversity of research disciplines (and associated funding) needed to overcome complex public health threats like this one; for...

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