Jim And Virginia Stowers Honored With Research!America Advocacy Award

Gordon and Llura Gund Leadership Award

StowersWASHINGTON—March 24, 2009—James E. "Jim" Stowers Jr. and Virginia G. Stowers, co-founders of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, will receive Research!America's 2009 Gordon and Llura Gund Leadership Award. The award recognizes their leadership and commitment to basic biomedical research in founding, building, and developing the Stowers Institute into a world-class research institution.

The Stowers will be honored tonight at the 13th Annual Research!America Advocacy Awards event at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium  in Washington, DC.

Jim and Virginia Stowers are both cancer survivors, an experience which led them to create the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in 2000. It is a state-of-the-art biomedical research facility with a staff of more than 300 scientists focused on basic research to find cures for cancer and other gene-based diseases, located in the Stowers' hometown of Kansas City, MO. The Stowers also are strong advocates for stem cell research in their home state and across the nation.

Jim Stowers is founder of the American Century Investments, which pioneered the use of computers in investment management. He holds honorary doctorates from several universities, including the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Virginia Stowers has practiced anesthesiology nursing and has also been an active supporter of the Rose Brooks Center for domestic violence intervention and the Midwest Bioethics Center.

Award benefactors Llura and Gordon Gund have been innovative supporters of health research for more than 30 years. In March 2006, Gordon Gund received Research!America's Exceptional Contributions as a Volunteer Advocate for Medical and Health Research Award for his role in advancing research for retinal degenerative diseases.

Other 2009 Research!America Advocacy Award winners are House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; Senator Arlen Specter; former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, MD, ScD; Nobel Laureate David Baltimore, PhD; ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff; and the Genetic Alliance.

Research!America is the nation's largest not-for-profit public education and advocacy alliance working to make research to improve health a higher national priority. The 2009 Advocacy Awards represent Research!America's 13th year of recognizing the accomplishments of leading advocates for medical and health research. For more information, visit www.researchamerica.org/advocacy_awards.

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