2008 Advocacy Awards

2008 Advocacy Awards

Research!America's 12th Annual Advocacy Awards Gala

Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium

Corporate Host


Media Sponsor


Grand Reception Sponsor

The annual Research!America Advocacy Awards program was established in 1996 by the board of directors to honor outstanding advocates for medical, health and scientific research. Recognized individuals and organizations are those whose leadership efforts have been notably effective in advancing our nation's commitment to research. Download our 2008 Advocacy Awards Gala and National Forum Summary.

Read opening remarks from our board Chair The Honorable John Edward Porter.

Gala Co-Chairs

Joseph M. Feczko, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Pfizer Inc

Dennis A. Ausiello, MD
Physician-in-Chief, Medical Service
Massachusetts General Hospital/Partners Healthcare System Inc

Media Host

Randy Siegel
Publisher, PARADE magazine

Our 2008 Honorary Chairs

Research!America's 2008 Advocacy Award Recipients

Edwin C. Whitehead Award for Medical Research Advocacy
The Honorable Edward M. Kennedy
United States Senator, Massachusetts

Porter, Whitehead
The Honorable John Edward Porter, Susan Whitehead

Isadore Rosenfeld Award for Impact on Public Opinion
The Honorable Arnold Schwarzenegger
Governor of California

Isadore Rosenfeld, MD; George Vradenburg
Raymond and Beverly Sackler Award for Sustained National Leadership
William H. Foege, MD, MPH Public and Global Health Research Advocate
Former CDC Director; Senior Fellow, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Presidential Distinguished Professor, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health

Joe Feczko, MD; Michael Madnick
Gordon and Llura Gund Leadership Award
Pat Furlong
Founding President and Chief Executive Officer
Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy

Pat Furlong, Randy Siegel

Paul G. Rogers Distinguished Organization Advocacy Award
Benefactor: Hogan & Hartson LLP

AmfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research
Mathilde Krim, PhD, Founding Chairman
Kenneth Cole, Chairman

The Honorable Paul G. Rogers; Mathilde Krim, PhD;
M. Cass Wheeler
Builders of Science Award
Richard A. Lerner, MD
President, The Scripps Research Institute

Richard A. Lerner, MD; Dennis A. Ausiello, MD

Program Partners

Patrons of the Gala

Johnson & Johnson
Merck & Co., Inc.

Contributors to the Gala

American Cancer Society
Baxter International
Quintiles Transnational Corp.

Sponsors of the Gala

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals
Alzheimer's Association
American Heart Association
David & Denise Bunning The Food Allergy Project, Inc.
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
TEVA Pharmaceuticals

Friends of the Gala

Association of American Medical Colleges
amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology/
National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research
Baylor College of Medicine Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
B&D Consulting
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Brooks Street
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Duke University Medical Center
Emory University
Evan & Cindy Jones Foundation
Harvard Medical School
Mary J.C. Hendrix, PhD
Loyola University Medical Center
Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy
PTC Therapeutics
The Scripps Research Institute
Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Download our 2008 Advocacy Awards Gala and National Forum Summary.

Contact us information about advocacy awards prior to 2003.

Media Contacts

Tim Haynes
Senior Director of Communications 

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