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2024 National Health Research Forum

September 17 | Virtual Sessions
September 18 | In-Person Sessions and Reception (George Washington University)


For nearly 30 years, Research!America and its partners have held the National Health Research Forum, assembling top federal officials, leaders from academia, patient advocacy, industry, the philanthropic community and distinguished national media to highlight health and medical research issues vital to the wellbeing of our nation, our economy, and patients across the globe.


With our supporters, Research!America hosts meaningful conversations aimed at capturing the power of research & development to revolutionize health and health care, exploring new and potentially overlooked opportunities and challenges, and confronting current and looming health threats.

The issues and challenges addressed at the Forum are curated by our expert staff, who bring decades of policy, government, and advocacy experience to the process. Discussions will explore issues at the intersection of public policy and medical and scientific progress.

The 2023 National Health Research Forum hosted thought-provoking discussions around the Future of Research and Innovation, Reimagining Clinical Trials, Public-Private Partnerships, Chips and Science, AI, Combatting Misinformation, Bolstering our Research Workforce, and Patient Empowerment.


Each year the Forum hosts approximately 20 federal and congressional leaders, including senior leadership from prominent federal research agencies like NIH, CDC, EPA, FDA, and the NSF. Recent forums have included roughly 100 guest speakers.

Research!America began presenting the Forum virtually in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While born out necessity, virtual programming has enabled us to reach a much broader range of participants. In 2023, the Forum attracted nearly 900 registrants. Participation at individual sessions varied depending on the topic and format and ranged from 100 to more than 275 attendees

Our Forum audience is composed of: 

  • senior leaders representing the U.S. R&D continuum, 
  • patients and individuals with senior level positions in patient advocacy organizations, 
  • students in scientific disciplines and established researchers, 
  • government relations and C-suite personnel from industry, academia, independent research institutes, philanthropies, and scientific societies, 
  • Executive branch and Congressional staff, 
  • members of the general public. 

Support the Event

Please contact Katie Goode, Senior Director, Alliance Development and Membership, at 571-482-2706 or at kgoode@researchamerica.org to learn more about related sponsorship opportunities.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Past Forums

To view the event details for our past National Health Research Forums, please select the link for the year indicated.