2010 Advocacy Awards

2010 Advocacy Awards

Advocacy Awards Dinner
March16, 2010
Washington, DC

Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium

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 a fact sheet about Research!America's14th AnnualAdvocacy Awards (PDF).

A special musical performance by Chairman Obey and NIH Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, was a highlight of the evening, in the spirit of the "Rock Stars of Science." Coverage of the event in The Hill newspaper includes a number of photos from the event. View more photos from the 14th Annual Advocacy Awards.


We Thank Our Corporate Host

We Thank Our Grand Reception Sponsor

The Honorable Billy Tauzin
Corporate Sponsor
Harry Johns
Alzheimer's Association

Our 2010 Advocacy Awards Honorary Chairs

2010 Advocacy Award Winners and Benefactors

Edwin C. Whitehead Award for Medical Research Advocacy

Benefactor: Whitehead Charitable Foundation
Pictured: Edwin C. Whitehead

2010 Recipient:

ObeyThe Honorable David R. Obey, U.S. Representative (D-Wisconsin),was honored for his commitment to health and medical research throughout his 21 terms in Congress. The award recognizes his leadership during the doubling years of the National Institutes of Health budget (1998-2003) and, more recently, in helping secure $10.4 billion for NIH under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Read more.

Isadore Rosenfeld Award for Impact on Public Opinion

Benefactor: Rosenfeld Heart Foundation
Pictured: Isadore Rosenfeld, MD

2010 Recipient:

G. Thompson HuttonG. Thompson Hutton, Esq., Trustee & CEO, Geoffrey Beene Foundation, and President & CEO of Geoffrey Beene, LLC, was honored for the national public service campaign Rock Stars of Science that spotlights top researchers to support increased research funding and engage the next generation in science, for co-sponsorship of 2009 HBO's pioneering series The Alzheimer's Project, and as founder of the Geoffrey Beene Cancer Research Center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center with a unique business/philanthropic model. Read more.

Raymond and Beverly Sackler Award for Sustained National Leadership

Benefactors: Raymond R. Sackler, MD, and Beverly Sackler

2010 Recipient:

Ann LurieAnn Luriewas honored for her long-time national and international support for biomedical research. After her early career as a public health nurse, Lurie honored the memory of her husband, Robert H. Lurie, by supporting cancer research at Chicago's Children's Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University. Lurie is founder and president of Africa Infectious Disease (AID) Village Clinics, Inc., president of the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Foundation, and president of Lurie Investments, Inc. Read more.

Paul G. Rogers Distinguished Organization Advocacy Award

Benefactor: Hogan & Hartson LLP

2010 Recipient:

March of Dimes

Jennifer Howse and Anna Eleanor RooseveltMarch of Dimes, an organization founded by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to fight polio and now dedicated to improving the health of children through public health research advocacy, was honored. President Jennifer L. Howse, PhD, and Honorary Trustee Anna Eleanor Roosevelt accepted the award. Read more.

Gordon and Llura Gund Leadership Award

Benefactors: Gordon and Llura Gund Foundation

2010 Recipient:

Robert Klein, JDRobert Klein, JD, was honored for his advocacy for stem cell and diabetes research. Klein led the way for Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative in 2004. Klein serves as the board chair ofthe California Institute for Regenerative Medicine,established to manage the grant process for the stem cell research funding authorized by the Initiative. Read more.

Builders of Science Award

Anonymous Benefactor

2010 Recipient:

Robert Mahley, MD, PhDRobert Mahley, MD, PhD, was honored forhis role in expanding The J. David Gladstone Institutesand finding its new home at University of California, San Francisco.During his time as director of the institutes, Mahley expanded the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease to include institutes of virology and immunology and neurological diseases. Read more.

Download a fact sheet about the 2010 Advocacy Awards Dinner.(PDF)

14th Annual Advocacy Award Sponsors


Corporate Host

Grand Reception Sponsor


Principal Partner

Program Partners




Mark Slezak


American Academy of Physician Assistants
American Cancer Society
American Heart Association
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
B&D Consulting
Baylor College of Medicine Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Children's Memorial Hospital
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Foundation for the National Institutes of Health
Mary J.C. Hendrix, PhD
The J. David Gladstone Institutes
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International
jVen Capital, LLC
Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
March of Dimes
Mead Johnson Nutrition
Mount Sinai Medical Center/School of Medicine
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy
Northwestern University
Stanford University School of Medicine
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
University of California, Davis School of Medicine
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

Media Contacts

Tim Haynes
Senior Director of Communications 

Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed.
Abraham Lincoln