2014 Advocacy Awards
Research!America's 2014 Advocacy Awards Dinner was held March 12, 2014, at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC.
- Click here to read a recap of the event.
- Visit our Flickr page to see a photo gallery of the evening.
- Visit our YouTube playlist to watch videos from the event, including acceptance speeches, introductory speeches and keynote remarks from Research!America's chair, The Honorable John Edward Porter.
We Thank Our Corporate Host
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 2014 Advocacy Awards.
2014 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
Reed Tuckson, MD, managing director of Tuckson HealthConnections, will be honored with Research!America's 2014 Raymond andBeverly Sackler Award for Sustained National Leadership for his lifelongcommitment to advocating the benefits of evidence-based medicine to the publicand policy makers and for adoption of supporting policies that maintain astrong and sustained investment in research, including health servicesresearch. He regularly speaks to the media about the need for a strong andsustained U.S. investment in research and programmatic funding — firmlybelieving that the goal of a healthier America is in everyone's best interests,from everyday Americans to members of Congress and to the business community. Asexecutive vice president and chief of medical affairs at UnitedHealth Group, heembraced data analysis and mobile technologies, pioneering new digital deliverysystems for evaluating care and collecting data.With "America's HealthRankings," a comprehensive annual perspective on our nation's health issuesstate by state, Dr. Tuckson and UnitedHealth Foundation issued anevidence-based call to action for individuals and their communities to improvetheir health. His book, The Doctor in the Mirror, focuses on patientempowerment to overcome everyday health issues.
Paul G. Rogers Distinguished Organization Advocacy Award
Benefactor: HoganLovells USLLP
The Progeria Research Foundation (PRF) will receiveResearch!America's 2014 Paul G. Rogers Distinguished Organization AdvocacyAward for its role for bringing progeria, a rare and fatal pediatricdisease of premature aging, from obscurity to the forefront of successful translationalresearch and giving hope to patients and families. PRF secured language in theChildren's Health Act of 2000 in support of rare disease research, includingprogeria. The organization also led the discovery of the progeria gene, theidentification of a potential drug treatment and, eventually, the firstprogeria clinical trial which resulted in the first treatment of the disease.In addition to the achievements in progeria research, PRF has also contributedsignificantly to a brand new field of rare-disease-related research, which willhave a broad impact on millions of people.
Gordon and Llura Gund Leadership Award
Benefactors: Gordon and Llura Gund Foundation
Kathy Giusti, founder and CEO of the Multiple MyelomaResearch Foundation (MMRF), will receive Research!America's 2014 Gordon andLlura Gund Leadership Awardfor advancing the research and treatment ofmyeloma, a hematologic cancer which is the second most common blood cancerafter non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The American Cancer Society estimates that 22,350new cases of multiple myeloma will be diagnosed in 2013. A myeloma survivor,Giusti co-founded MMRF with her twin sister. The organization plays a vitalrole in launching treatments that have helped double the life expectancy ofmany patients; established the first myeloma tissue bank; and launched aninitiative that resulted in the complete mapping of the myeloma genome, whichwas made publicly available to advance myeloma research. Giusti and MMRF werefeatured in profiles in The New Yorker and Parade magazines aboutmultiple myeloma research.
Geoffrey Beene Builders of Science Award
Benefactor: The Geoffrey Beene Foundation
Leroy Hood, MD, PhD, will be honored with Research!America's2014 Geoffrey Beene Builders of Science Award for pioneering thedevelopment of instruments that paved the way for the successful mapping of thehuman genome. He was one of a small number of early and persistent advocatesfor the Human Genome Project. Prior to Dr. Hood's invention of the automatedDNA sequencer, it took 30 years to sequence the genome of the cold virus, andthe first gene cost $180 million to sequence. With Dr. Hood's remarkableachievement, it took less than a day to sequence the genome of the SARS virusand the cost of sequencing a gene is now just $6. A true scientific pioneer,Dr. Hood is credited with the development of the discipline of systems biology,which introduced the revolutionary concept to understand not only eachbiological network but also how the networks function together. This idea isnow taught in many college and high school programs. Dr. Hood received theNational Medal of Science from President Barack Obama at the White House in2013, one of the highest scientific achievements.
G. Thompson Hutton
Mary Hendrix and Chuck Craft
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