2011 Advocacy Awards

2011 Advocacy Awards

2010 Advocacy Awards

Nominations for the 2012 Advocacy Awards are now closed.

2011 Research!America
Advocacy Awards Dinner
March 15, 2011 
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's 15th annual Advocacy Awards(PDF). 

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We Thank Our Corporate Host

Pfizer, Inc

We Thank Our Principal Partner

Johns Hopkins University

We Thank Our Tribute Reception Sponsor


Jack Watters, MD

Jack Watters, MD
Corporate Host
Pfizer, Inc

Harry Johns

Harry Johns
Alzheimer's Association

Our 2011 Advocacy Awards Honorary Chairs

2011 Advocacy Award Winners and Benefactors

Edwin C. Whitehead Award for Medical Research Advocacy

Co-Benefactors: Whitehead Charitable Foundation and Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
Pictured: Edwin C. Whitehead

2011 Recipient:

Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-IL)Senator Richard J. Durbin (D-Illinois) was honored for his longstanding leadership as a champion of medical research, public health and prevention, global health, and research as a force for economic competitiveness.

Isadore Rosenfeld Award for Impact on Public Opinion

Benefactor: Rosenfeld Heart Foundation
Pictured: Isadore Rosenfeld, MD

2011 Recipient:

Charlie RoseCharlie Rose, executive editor and anchor of the "Charlie Rose" show on PBS, was recognized for his in-depth coverage of research issues, including a recent series on science, which has raised the American public's awareness about scientific research.

Raymond and Beverly Sackler Award for Sustained National Leadership

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

2011 Recipient:

J. Michael Bishop, MDJ. Michael Bishop, MD, Nobel laureate and University of California, San Francisco chancellor emeritus, was honored for his decades of advocacy for medical research and public education about science.

Paul G. Rogers Distinguished Organization Advocacy Award

Benefactor: Hogan Lovells US LLP

2011 Recipient: 

DVBIC logoThe Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) was recognized for its innovative public education and partnerships for traumatic brain injury research.


Gordon and Llura Gund Leadership Award

Benefactors: Gordon and Llura Gund Foundation

2011 Recipient:

Mayor Michael BloombergNew York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was honored for his national and global influence in promoting public health and prevention research.

Builders of Science Award

Anonymous Benefactor

2011 Recipient:

Dean KamenDean Kamen,

inventor and physicist, was honored for creating private-sector models of innovation leading to such break-through medical devices as the portable insulin pump, portable dialysis machine and a revolutionary

robotic arm for amputees.

2011 Annual Advocacy Award Sponsors

Corporate Sponsor

Pfizer, Inc


Principal Partner

Johns Hopkins University


Tribute Reception Sponsor


Presenting Partner

Merck & Co., Inc. 




UnitedHealth Group 

Program Partner

Abbott Laboratories

Johnson & Johnson 

Massachusetts General Hospital

Jeanne and Sanford Robertson



Staglin Family Vineyards



Duke University School of Medicine


Alzheimer's Association

American Cancer Society

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA


New York-Presbyterian Hospital

Simons Foundation

Mary Woolley



American Association for Cancer Research

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

American Heart Association

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron

B&D Consulting

Baxter International

Baylor College of Medicine Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Council for American Medical Innovation

Greater Akron Chamber

Health Affairs

Mary J.C. Hendrix, PhD

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation

Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy

Northwestern University

Summa Health System

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Van Andel Research Institute

Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

Award Benefactors

Gordon and Llura Gund Foundation

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Rosenfeld Heart Foundation

Dr. Raymond R. and Beverly Sackler

Whitehead Charitable Foundation

Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

Media Contacts

Tim Haynes
Senior Director of Communications 

Luck shouldn't play a role in why I'm alive.
Laurie MacCaskill, a seven-year pancreatic cancer survivor