2020 Virtual National Health Research Forum

Thank you for joining us - watch the recordings

If you missed the 2020 Forum or wish to revisit the timely, critical conversations, almost all of the recordings are now posted on our YouTube page.

They are organized into playlists:

September 8-10, 2020

Join Research!America for the 2020 Virtual National Health Research Forum, Straight Talk: Securing a Science-Strong Future. For more than twenty years, the National Health Research Forum has gathered top federal officials, leadership from across our broad membership, and distinguished national media to take an unvarnished look at issues that are vital to the wellbeing of our nation, our economy, and most importantly, patients.

This year, via a virtual platform, we will offer more networking and expert-Q&A opportunities and the chance to hear from numerous renowned speakers. 

Straight Talk: Securing a Science-Strong Future will take a look at the impact of COVID-19 through a variety of lenses such as vaccine confidence, public health preparedness, health equity, R&D infrastructure, trust in science, and R&D outside COVID-19. Using these themes, the forum will offer various forms of interactive and on-demand content over the course of three partial days. Each day will include a keynote session or fireside chat featuring a high-level government official or key thought leader, one to two panel/roundtable discussions and various special features, such as Advocacy in Action (a patient advocacy perspective), a Flash Talks Competition, and special invite-only sessions.

Moderated by high profile journalists and subject matter experts, the panels will encourage straight talk about the future of our nation’s research and health ecosystem to get the heart of, and truly move the conversation, around these complex issues.

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To pledge support or request more information, please contact Katie Goode, Director, Alliance Development and Membership, at 571-482-2706 or at kgoode@researchamerica.org.


Session Highlights Include:

A special feature this year: a series of short videos from leaders across the science and research spectrum. They are the 20/3/1 videos -- 20 voices, three minutes, one question. Watch the series.

*Updated as of 9/4/2020

See information from the 2019 National Health Research Forum.

Media Contacts

Robert Shalett
Director of Communications 

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