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2022 National Health Research Forum

The 2022 National Health Research Forum, Straight Talk: The, Now, Imagine took place from Monday, September 19, 2021, to Wednesday, September 21, 2022.

For more than 20 years, Research!America has held an annual National Health Research Forum that gathers top federal officials, leaders from academia, patient advocacy, industry, and the philanthropic community, and distinguished national media to take an unvarnished look at issues vital to the wellbeing of our nation, our economy, and patients across the globe.  

In 2022, via a virtual platform, 70 speakers including 13 high-ranking governmental officials joined us over two days, September 19 and 20, to explore how to stand on the shoulders of giants and defeat threats that rob us of health, hope, and time followed by an in-person reception in Washington, DC, on September 21.  Click on the dropdowns below to explore the agenda, speakers, and recordings from each day.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Marc Boutin, JDMarc Boutin, JD
Global Head of Patient Engagement,

Mary WoolleyMary Woolley*
President and CEO,

What it Takes to Make Progress

Eleanor "Ellie" DehoneyEleanor "Ellie" Dehoney
Vice President, Policy and Advocacy,

Dan Skovronsky MD, PhD
Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific and Medical Officer,
Eli Lilly and Company

Once-in-a-Generation Legislation: The Chips and Science Bill

Judy Woodruff*Judy Woodruff*
Anchor and Managing Editor,
PBS NewsHour

Sethuraman Panchanathan, PhDSethuraman Panchanathan, PhD
National Science Foundation

Clinical Trial Diversity: A Research Imperative

Yasmeen Long, MAYasmeen Long, MA
Director, FasterCures,
Milken Institute

Melanie Ivarsson, OBEMelanie Ivarsson, OBE
Chief Development Officer,

Moses Alobo, MDMoses Alobo, MD
Programmes Manager Grand Challenges Africa,
Science for Africa Foundation

E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA*E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA*
Dean Emeritus and former Executive VP; Professor, OBGYN,
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Maryland School of Medicine 

Why I Fight for Medical Progress

Pat FurlongPat Furlong
President and CEO,
Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy

The Path of Patient Engagement

Randall "Randy" Rutta, MARandall "Randy" Rutta, MA
National Health Council

Nakela Cook, MD, MPHNakela Cook, MD, MPH
Executive Director,
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Can New Discoveries Combat Antimicrobial Resistance?

This panel explored the impact of COVID-19 on AMR as well as promising new approaches to address AMR such as wastewater surveillance, genomic sequencing, and phages research.

Rachel RoubeinRachel Roubein
National health-care reporter and author of The Health 202,
The Washington Post

Michael Craig, MPPMichael Craig, MPP
Director, Antimicrobial Resistance Coordination and Strategy Unit,

Amy Mathers, MD, D(ABMM)Amy Mathers, MD, D(ABMM)
Associate Professor of Medicine and Pathology, University
of Virginia School of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases & International Health

Jeff F. Miller, PhDJeff F. Miller, PhD
Fred Kavli Chair, NanoSystems Sciences; Director, California NanoSystems Institute; Professor, Dept. of
Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, UCLA

Michael Ybarra, MD, FACEP, FAPCMichael Ybarra, MD, FACEP, FAPC
Vice President of Advocacy and Strategic Alliances
and Chief of Medical Affairs, PhRMA

A Road Worth Traveling: Researcher to Researcher

Keila Miles, PhDKeila Miles, PhD
Learning Impact Fellow,
Federation of American Scientists

Ned Braunstein, MDNed Braunstein, MD
Executive Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Global Patient Safety,

Lupus: Patient-Centered Advances in Treatments and Education

Alok Patel, MDAlok Patel, MD
Pediatric Hospitalist, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital; Special Correspondent, ABC News; Pediatric Content Advisor, Medscape;
Host, NOVA Now Podcast, PBS

Janine Austin Clayton, MD, FARVOJanine Austin Clayton, MD, FARVO
NIH Associate Director for Research on Women’s Health; Director,
NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health

Sherrita M. Dorsey, RN, MSN, FNPSherrita M. Dorsey, RN, MSN, FNP
Senior Director, Advocacy & Patient Engagement, Specialty
Business Unit, GlaxoSmithKline

Wendy Rodgers, MEd, MPHWendy Rodgers, MEd, MPH
Director, Care and Support Services,
Lupus Foundation of America

Deadlier than Ever: The Obesity Epidemic

Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD*Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD*
American Psychological Association

Special Remarks

The Honorable Shelley Moore CapitoThe Honorable Shelley Moore Capito
U.S. Senate (R-WV)

A Vision for the Future of Health Care

Deborah Trautman, PhD, RN, FAAN*Deborah Trautman, PhD, RN, FAAN*
President & CEO,
American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Jan HerzhoffJan Herzhoff
Elsevier Health

It's Time for Change

Emil D. Kakkis, MD, PhDEmil D. Kakkis, MD, PhD
Founder, President and CEO,

Special Remarks

Admiral Rachel L. Levine, MDAdmiral Rachel L. Levine, MD
Assistant Secretary for Health,
Department of Health and Human Services

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Mary WoolleyMary Woolley*
President and CEO,

Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBAVice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA
U.S. Surgeon General,
Department of Health and Human Services

Connected Technologies Improving Health

Nancy Brown*Nancy Brown*
Chief Executive Officer,
American Heart Association

Jessica Mega, MD, MPH*Jessica Mega, MD, MPH*
Co-Founder and Chief Medical and Scientific Officer,

Maria Emanuel Ryan, DDS, PhDMaria Emanuel Ryan, DDS, PhD
Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer,
Colgate-Palmolive Company

Alzheimer’s Research: An Early Career Researcher’s Perspective

Savannah G. Sims, PhDSavannah G. Sims, PhD
Dr. Leroy Hood Science Policy Fellow,

James Quinn, PhDJames Quinn, PhD
Research Fellow in Neurology,
Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School 

Translational Research: The Path from Evidence to Intervention

Mark McClellan, MD, PhD*Mark McClellan, MD, PhD*
Robert J. Margolis Professor of Business, Medicine, and Policy; Director,
Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, Duke University

David Reese, MDDavid Reese, MD
Executive Vice President, Research and Development,
Amgen Inc.

Removing Barriers to Pediatric Clinical Trials 

Jacqui Whiteway, PhD Jacqui Whiteway, PhD 
Senior Director, Centre for Paediatric Clinical Development,
ICON plc (an ACRO member company)

Medical Progress Redoubled: Forging Multi-Sector Partnerships

Derek K. Rapp*Derek K. Rapp*
Managing Director,
RiverVest Venture Partners

Akiko OtaniAkiko Otani
Senior Director, Public Private Partnership and Global Science Policy,

Edward Neilan, MD, PhDEdward Neilan, MD, PhD
Chief Medical and Scientific Officer,
National Organization for Rare Disorders 

Reducing the Wait for Breakthrough Medical Devices

Jeff Allen, PhDJeff Allen, PhD
President and CEO,
Friends of Cancer Research

Lishan Aklog, MDLishan Aklog, MD
Chairman & CEO, Co-Founder at PAVmed Inc and Lucid
Diagnostics Inc.; Medical Technology Entrepreneur; Heart Surgeon

Confronting a New Challenge: Monkeypox

Ayman El-Mohandes, MBBCh, MD, MPH*Ayman El-Mohandes, MBBCh, MD, MPH*
City University of New York Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy

Demetre Daskalakis, MD, MPHDemetre Daskalakis, MD, MPH
National Monkeypox Response Deputy Coordinator,
White House

Health and Medical Research Opportunities and Challenges

Mary Woolley*Mary Woolley*
President and CEO,

Larry Tabak, DDS, PhDLarry Tabak, DDS, PhD
Performing the Duties of the
Director of the National Institutes of Health

Novel Clinical Trial Design Paving the Way for Innovation

Harold "Hal" Paz, MD, MS*Harold "Hal" Paz, MD, MS*
Executive Vice President for Health Sciences,
Stony Brook University

Peter Marks, MD, PhDPeter Marks, MD, PhD
Center for Biologics Evaluation & Research, FDA

Cyndi Zagieboylo*Cyndi Zagieboylo*
President and CEO,
National Multiple Sclerosis Society

A Vision for FDA’s Future

Susan Dentzer*Susan Dentzer*
Chair, Research!America Board; President and CEO,
America's Physician Groups

Robert Califf, MDRobert Califf, MD
Food and Drug Administration

Health Services Research Driving Change in Patient Care

Melissa J. Perry, ScD, MHSMelissa J. Perry, ScD, MHS
Dean, College of Health and Human Services,
George Mason University

Robert Otto Valdez, PhD, MHSARobert Otto Valdez, PhD, MHSA
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

A Few Perspectives on Fostering a Diverse Research Workforce

The panel discussed the importance of developing a research workforce that reflects the diversity of our nation and preserves U.S. competitiveness.

M. Roy Wilson, MD*M. Roy Wilson, MD*
Wayne State University

Marie Bernard, MDMarie Bernard, MD
Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity (COSWD),

Elvie GeeElvie Gee
Executive Director, Global Inclusion & Diversity,
Bristol Myers Squibb

Jasmine George, PhDJasmine George, PhD
Dr. Louis Sullivan Science Policy Fellow,

Gary A. Puckrein, PhDGary A. Puckrein, PhD
President and CEO,
National Minority Quality Forum

Breaking Down Walls to Build Science Trust - What’s Working?

Panelists discussed current efforts to foster greater trust in science, what is working, and what could be improved.

Jenny LurayJenny Luray
Vice President of Strategy and Communications,

Elizabeth ChristophersonElizabeth Christopherson
President and CEO,
Rita Allen Foundation

Maria Newhardt, PhDMaria Newhardt, PhD
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation; Director, Community Outreach Program,
University Of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Andrea Isabel LópezAndrea Isabel López
Civic Science Fellow,

Reed Tuckson, MD, FACP*Reed Tuckson, MD, FACP*
Black Coalition Against COVID

Becoming a Public Health Nation

Guillermo "Willy" Prado, PhD*Guillermo "Willy" Prado, PhD*
Vice Provost, Faculty Affairs; Dean, Graduate School; Professor, Nursing and Health Studies, Public Health
Sciences, and Psychology, University of Miami

Ashish Jha, MD, MPHAshish Jha, MD, MPH
White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator

* Current or Emeritus Research!America Board Member 

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