Advocacy Awards Dinner
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
2010 Advocacy Award Winners and Benefactors
Edwin C. Whitehead Award for Medical Research Advocacy
Benefactor: Whitehead Charitable Foundation
Isadore Rosenfeld Award for Impact on Public Opinion
Benefactor: Rosenfeld Heart Foundation
Raymond and Beverly Sackler Award for Sustained National Leadership
Benefactors: Raymond R. Sackler, MD, and Beverly Sackler
Ann 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
March 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
Robert 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
Robert 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.
Grand Reception Sponsor
American Academy of Physician Assistants
American Cancer Society
American Heart Association
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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
Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy
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