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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, Almost 30 years ago to the day, April 2, 1988, President Ronald Reagan delivered a radio address to the nation on the federal government’s role in scientific research. “We cannot know where scientific research will lead. The consequences and spin-offs are unknown and unknowable until they happen. But one thing is certain: If we don't explore, others will, and we'll fall behind.” The fact that the FY18 omnibus cites concerns that “China and 34 other competitors are outpacing the United States in terms of research spending,” demonstrates that President Reagan’s words ring true today. Our job now, to paraphrase former Congressman and Research!America Board Member Bart...
World Tuberculosis (TB) Day falls on March 24, 2018, and is an occasion in which to remember how far we have come in our fight against this preventable and curable infectious disease. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that over the past 15 years, the number of TB deaths worldwide has fallen by 47 percent, which means that 50 million lives have been saved since 2000. The United States reported 9,093 cases of TB in 2017, which is the lowest number of cases on record. This low infection rate is due to the tireless efforts of local TB control programs that find and treat people with TB disease in order to stop the cycle of transmission. TB control also...
Dear Research Advocate: Last week at our awards event, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi announced that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) could see a $3 billion increase for FY18. Now that the omnibus deal has been struck (you can find the full text here ), we know that Leader Pelosi’s announcement was spot on and just the beginning of the good news. In addition to the unprecedented NIH increase, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality also received funding increases. Here are the numbers and see our statement for more details. Health research was not the only area of science boosted in the funding bill. The National...
Mental health in this country is not getting the attention it deserves, says Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30). During Research!America’s 29th Annual Meeting of Members on March 14 in Washington, D.C., Rep. Johnson stressed the importance of early intervention and “assertive community treatment” to successfully address mental illness nationwide. “Each time we see massive incidents, we get concerned about [mental illness] again,” Rep. Johnson said. “But without those massive incidents, we still have the problem and don’t want it to be manifested in that fashion before we give it attention.” She was the keynote speaker at the annual meeting. Following Rep. Johnson’s remarks, a...
Dear Research Advocate, Last night, nearly 500 people joined us for Research!America’s 22nd Annual Advocacy Awards Dinner. We had the honor of presenting Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) with the Edwin C. Whitehead Award for Medical Research Advocacy , welcomed surprise guest, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and had the privilege of honoring other truly inspirational leaders and leading organizations in science and advocacy. If you were not able to be with us, I encourage you to check out our dinner recap . You can also see photos and comments about the Advocacy Awards Dinner from attendees on Twitter by searching #RAawards18. For all of us at Research!America, it was...
For more photos from the event, please visit our Flickr page . To watch videos of speeches, click here (link is external) . The Honorable John Edward Porter , the recipient of Research!America’s Legacy Award, dedicated his award to National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Francis Collins, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, the institute directors and “the entire NIH family including those who clean the labs and scrub the floors. All of them are essential to the NIH’s vision.” Porter, who was instrumental in doubling the NIH’s budget over a five year period, received the award at Research!America’s Advocacy Awards Dinner on March 14 in...
In a recent survey, a strong majority of Americans (80%) say candidates running for Congress should have a basic understanding of scientific issues, and more than two-thirds (68%) say candidates should have a science advisor. The findings underscore the importance of elevating scientific research and innovation in the midterm elections. As part of Your Candidates-Your Health, Research!America and member organizations are sharing relevant survey data, fact sheets, reports and other materials with candidates and voters to ensure robust investments and policies favorable to public and private sector research are among national priorities this election season. Cutting-edge research is critical...
Raising $2 billion a year in research to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease is a daunting task but it’s the goal of Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) , the chair of the Senate Alzheimer’s Caucus. Under her leadership, $414 million was included in the Senate funding bill for FY18, bringing us closer to that goal. Senator Collins will be honored for her achievements in medical research at Research!America’s 2018 Advocacy Awards Dinner on March 14 in Washington, D.C. Senator Collins will receive the Edwin C. Whitehead Award for Medical Research Advocacy, which recognizes exemplary leaders in public office who have shown a longstanding commitment to health research advocacy. Senator Collins is...
The Kidney Cancer Association (KCA) is the world’s first and largest international charity dedicated specifically to the eradication of death and suffering from renal cancers. KCA is a charitable organization made up of patients, family members, physicians, researchers and other health professionals from around the world. KCA funds, promotes and collaborates with the National Cancer Institute (NCI), American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO), American Urological Association (AUA) and other institutions on research projects. We also educate families and physicians, and serve as an advocate on behalf of patients at the state and federal levels in the United States and globally. Every March...
Women make up over half of the world’s population. However, according to a study conducted by UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics, less than 30% of the world’s researchers are women. For International Women’s Day, March 8, the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is working to change this number through their Press for Progress campaign. The association not only wants to bring to light and fix discrepancies that women face in access to STEM education and inclusiveness in the workplace, but also to celebrate the accomplishments of women scientists and researchers who have made invaluable contributions to their respective fields of work. One such leader is Dr. Isabel Escobar, a professor of...

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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