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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. Each blog post aims to inform readers about the health and economic benefits of research.  

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Sickle cell disease affects approximately 100,000 Americans . It’s an inherited disorder where red blood cells contort into the shape of a sickle. These cells die early, leaving healthy red blood cells in short supply and intermittently blocking organ blood flow. If not diagnosed early and properly managed, the disease can lead to serious complications, including severe pain, infection and stroke, and significantly reduced life expectancy. The many complications of sickle cell disease can make every stage of life extremely difficult for individuals with the disease. Making matters worse, many people living with sickle cell disease are unable to access state of the art care. National...
Dear Research Advocate: Research!America was proud to be one of more than 100 groups involved in last weekend’s second March for Science, which took place in over 500 locations worldwide. I had the opportunity to speak at the terrific pre-March rally hosted by AAAS and to talk to the Washington Post and several other media outlets -- it won’t surprise you to know that I reinforced the need for science and scientists to be more visible, not just once a year at the March, but on a regular basis. It comes down to this: to influence a conversation, an opinion, a policy or all three -- it is necessary to engage; it’s so important to regularly say and convey to the American public, “I Work for...
Last year, I attended the Houston March for Science as a Ph.D. student at Baylor College of Medicine. I marched to stand with my community and fellow scientists to foster support for research and scientific funding. I watched as thousands marched toward city hall, nerdy signs in hand, to demonstrate how scientific research has improved our medical care and shaped our understanding of the world. It was a watershed moment for researchers, making it apparent that a public voice for the scientific community was needed. I remember distinctly on that day: our message was heard loud and clear. Since the march, there has been an influx of scientists getting involved in local elections, and advocacy...
“Science not silence!” chanted the crowd at the rally in Washington, D.C. on the National Mall before the 2 nd annual March for Science on Saturday, April 14, 2018. This phrase addressed a major motivation behind the March – scientists recognizing the need to be more visible and engage with the public. Communicating science in non-technical terms is essential if we want to achieve greater public appreciation of science. I will never forget how lost, confused, and unintelligent I felt reading my first biomedical research paper at age 15. Even though it was a school project and our teacher was there to help us, I couldn’t bring myself to ask about all the protein names and interactions that I...
Dear Research Advocate: Is a rescission proposal to cut funding from the recently enacted FY18 omnibus appropriations bill possible? Unfortunately, we can’t rule it out, despite indications from some House and Senate Republicans that they would not vote to backpedal from approved spending. But, we have also been hearing that agencies are having to plan for a possible rescission and a recent article in Politico quotes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) saying “it’s worth a discussion.” I urge you to join that discussion. Backtracking on support for science is not a productive way forward for a nation proud to set the world’s global economic high-water mark. Whether you took action...
Patient advocate Rebecca Black suffered for nearly a decade, undergoing numerous surgeries and dozens of doctor visits, before being accurately diagnosed with endometriosis. Black is not alone. Nearly three-fourths of women with endometriosis experience a misdiagnosis, and it can take almost seven years on average for a woman to be accurately diagnosed. Speakers representing academia, providers and patients discussed ways to address the often-debilitating condition during the Society for Women’s Health Research’s April 10 panel discussion in Washington, D.C. Endometriosis, abnormal tissue growth outside the uterus, can lead to severe pain and infertility. Despite the fact that it affects at...
The April 2018 newsletter is now online . Highlights from this month include: A special insert and recap of the 2018 Advocacy Awards Dinner and honorees. Research!America’s 29th Annual Meeting of Members, with keynote speaker Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30) , Ranking Member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology Upcoming webinars: “What are the Barriers in Advancing Migraine Research?” on Wednesday, April 11, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET. and “Inspiring Others to be Science Advocates” on Wednesday, April 18, 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET On Saturday, April 14, 2018, scientists and science enthusiasts across the globe will gather for the March for Science, the second annual...
First, thank you for helping us thank “Labor-H” appropriations subcommittee leaders and their respective staff members for their crucial role in securing robust FY18 funding to drive faster medical and public health progress. The final letter was 154 signatures strong… a well-deserved show of appreciation! (Almost) unbelievably, however, the FY18 funding saga continues. Even though the FY18 omnibus has been signed into law, news broke this week that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and President Trump are discussing whether to pursue cuts to the non-defense discretionary funding in it. Under a provision in a 1974 law, the president would formally propose these cuts, or “...
In a keynote address at a forum in Washington, D.C. on April 2 to launch National Public Health Week, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams reinforced the need for more partnerships between public health experts and the communities that they serve. “You’ll never hear me say as a public health advocate that we don’t want or need more funding,” he said. “You will never hear me say that we don’t need more expertise, that we don’t need more studies, that we don’t need more science. But we can have a tremendous impact if we focus less on what we don’t have, and focus more on better engaging partners.” Dr. Adams said understanding how local communities think and feel is key to addressing the...
Over one million people gathered around the globe for the first March for Science in 2017 - a celebration of science and its impact on society. Since then, advocates have taken steps to support science, including signing petitions, making calls, and sending emails to their representatives on more than 70,000 occasions. On April 14, 2018, the March for Science will once again bring together scientists and science enthusiasts worldwide to urge elected and appointed officials to enact evidence-based policies that serve all communities and advance scientific knowledge. The event on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. will include teach-in and poetry tents and a program featuring leaders in...

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If concerted, long-term investments in research are not made, America will lose an entire generation of young scientists.
Brenda Canine, PhD; McLaughlin Research Institute, Montana