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.
Click here to see our honorary chairs for the 2013 Advocacy Awards.
Click here to read the keynote remarks by Research!America's chair, The Honorable John Edward Porter.
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2013 Advocacy Award Winners and Benefactors
Edwin C. Whitehead Award for Medical Research Advocacy
Co-Benefactors: Whitehead Charitable Foundation and Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
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
Global health researcher Mark L. Rosenberg, MD, will be presented with the Raymond andBeverly Sackler Award for Sustained National Leadership. He is currently president and CEO of The Task Forcefor Global Health, which performsprogrammatic work in health system strengthening, immunization and vaccines,and neglected tropical diseases. Prior to joining The Task Force, Rosenberg spent 20 years at the Centers for Disease Control andPrevention.
Paul G. Rogers Distinguished Organization Advocacy Award
Benefactor: HoganLovells USLLP
The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine will be presented with the Paul G. RogersDistinguished Organization Advocacy Award. CIRM was established after California voters approved the CaliforniaStem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, which set aside $3 billion for stem cellresearch at institutions throughout the state. Jonathan Thomas,PhD, JD, chairman of CIRM'sIndependent Citizens' Oversight Committee, will accept the award on behalf ofthe organization.
Gordon and Llura Gund Leadership Award
Benefactors: Gordon and Llura Gund Foundation
Biotech entrepreneur John Crowley will be presented with the Gordon and LluraGund Leadership Award. He is currentlychairman and CEO of AmicusTherapeutics, a biotechnologycompany that focuses on developing drugs to treat human genetic diseases. Thediagnosis of his two youngest children, Megan and Patrick, with Pompe disease inspired Crowley to jointhe biotech sector. He previously held positions with Bristol-Myers Squibb and Orexigen Therapeutics.
Geoffrey Beene Builders of Science Award
Benefactor: The Geoffrey Beene Foundation
Cancer researcher John Mendelsohn, MD, will be presented with the Geoffrey BeeneBuilders of Science Award. During his tenure as president of The Universityof Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center from 1996 to 2011, he oversaw dramatic increases in both size andstature of the institute. Earlier this year, MD Anderson was named the country'stop hospital for cancer care by U.S. News & World Report. He currently serves as the director of the Khalifa Institute forPersonalized Cancer Therapy at MD Anderson.
G. Thompson Hutton
2013 Advocacy Award Sponsors
Tribute Reception Host
Grand Reception Host
Mary J.C. Hendrix, PhD
The Geoffrey Beene Foundation
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