Alliance Member Meetings

Upcoming Meetings

Research!America Alliance Member Webinar with Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier

Date: Thursday, June 11, 2020, 1 p.m. ET

Featuring: Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, The White House

Dr. Droegemeier will discuss the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and National Science Foundation's (NSF) COVID-19 response and the critical role S&T is playing.

 

If you are an alliance member, register here.

 

Research!America Alliance Member Webinar with Dr. Jeff Allen

Date: Friday, June 19, 2020, 12 p.m. ET

Featuring: Dr. Jeff Allen, President and CEO of Friends of Cancer Research

Dr. Allen will discuss the COVID-19 Evidence Accelerator, an initiative launched by the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA in collaboration with Friends of Cancer Research. Dr. Allen will also discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected clinical trials and what it might take to ramp up research again.
 

If you are an alliance member, register here.

 

Research!America Alliance Member Webinar with Dr. Nora Volkow

Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 1 p.m. ET

Featuring: Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at NIH

Dr. Volkow will discuss the Institute’s COVID-19 response and the precarious intersection between the pandemic, individuals with substance use disorders, and substance misuse.
 
If you are an alliance member, register here.

 

All employees of Research!America members are eligible to join alliance member meetings. If your organization is not a Research!America member and you’re interested in more information about the alliance, email Katie Goode at kgoode@researchamerica.org

Past Meetings

Research!America Alliance Member Webinar with Dr. Josh Gordon

Date: June 1, 2020, 1 p.m. ET

Featuring: Dr. Josh Gordon, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Dr. Gordon discussed the Institute’s work about NIMH's COVID-19 response and the critical intersection between the pandemic and mental health.

 

 

 

Research!America Alliance Member Webinar with Dr. Carolyn Clancy and Dr. Rachel Ramoni

Date: May 29, 2020, 2 p.m. ET

Featuring: Dr. Carolyn Clancy, Deputy Under Secretary for Discovery, Education and Affiliate Networks (10X), Veterans Health Administration; Dr. Rachel Ramoni, Chief Research and Development Officer (10P9), Veterans Health Administration

This alliance call hosted two members of the Veterans Health Administration; Dr. Carolyn Clancy, the Deputy Secretary for Discovery, Education and Affiliate Network, and Dr. Rachel Ramoni, Chief Research and Development officer. Dr. Clancy began the discussion by demonstrating the breadth and funding of the Veteran’s Association. Dr. Ramoni then spoke about the VA’s overarching strategic principles and the valuable clinical trials structure which has allowed the VA to quickly adapt during the COVID-19 pandemic. The VA is uniquely positioned to contribute to research. During the COVID-19 crisis, the VA has expanded access for the Mayo Clinic convalescent-plasma protocol at more that 80 VA medical clinics, conducted the HITCH clinical trial which is testing a prostate cancer drug, degarelix, as a COVID-19 treatment, conducted the Epidemiology, Immunology, and Clinical Characteristics of COVID-19 (EPIC3) “natural history” observational study with DOD, assisted in NIAID-sponsored trials of remdesivir and baricitinib, and worked with big data and informatics. During the question portion of the meeting, Dr. Clancy explained that the VA is making strong progress in telehealth.

 

Research!America Alliance Member Webinar with U.S. Representative Don Beyer (D-VA-8)

Date: Thursday, May 28, 3 p.m. ET

An alliance member call with U.S. Representative Don Beyer, (D-VA-8) to discuss current priorities and recent AHRQ proposals.

 

 

 

 

Research!America Alliance Member Webinar with Dr. Victor Dzau

Date: May 22, 2020, 1 p.m. ET

Featuring: Dr. Victor Dzau, President of the National Academy of Medicine

Dr. Dzau discussed the NAM's work related to COVID-19, main issues in what it will take to effectively respond to the pandemic, and what might change in how we respond to future outbreaks. Dr. Dzau started the conversation with an impressive overview of the National Academy of Medicine’s response to COVID19. He explained that an expert committee has completed 11 expert consultations on topics ranging from virus shedding to the effectiveness of fabric masks. Dr. Dzau also stressed the importance of innovation and technology.

If you are an alliance member, click here to view the recording.

Research!America Alliance Member Webinar with the Honorable Louis W. Sullivan

Date: May 11, 2020

Featuring: Dr. Louis Sullivan, former Secretary, Health and Human Services, and Chairman, Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions.

Dr. Sullivan spoke about the importance of biomedical research and how it has improved human health. In 1989, Dr. Sullivan was on the front lines of the HIV/AIDS crisis as secretary of HHS under the Bush administration. Today, HIV/AIDS patients live longer and healthier lives because of biomedical innovation. Dr. Sullivan explained that examples of research leading to treatments and vaccines, such as HIV/AIDS, smallpox, and polio, can be used to show the public the importance of biomedical research. Now, in the current pandemic, biomedical research must continue to be a high priority. Dr. Sullivan also discussed the African American, Latino, and Indigenous populations which are disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Minorities have higher infection rates and hospitalization rates and are more likely to die from COVID-19 than non-minorities. Dr. Sullivan explained that this is because more minorities work in service jobs, minorities have a history of distrusting medical professionals, and are more likely to have underlying conditions such as heart disease and obesity which make patients more susceptible to COVID-19. Dr. Sullivan finished his remarks by stating that investing in health is an investment in a better future. 

You can view the recording here.

Research!America Alliance Member Call with Dr. Peter Hotez

Date: May 6, 2020

Featuring: Dr. Peter HotezDean of the Baylor School of Medicine National School of Tropical Medicine

Dr. Peter Hotez spoke about the history of vaccines, COVID-19 vaccine development, and the spread of the novel coronavirus across the southern hemisphere. He also spoke about the anti-science and anti-vaccine movements in our country and globally.

You can watch the meeting here and you can view his slides here.

 

Research!America Alliance Member Call with Dr. Francis Collins and Dr. Keith Yamamoto

Date: April 30, 2020

Featuring: Dr. Francis CollinsDirector, National Institutes of HealthDr. Keith YamamotoProfessor Emeritus; Vice Chancellor for Science Policy and Strategy; Director, UCSF Precision Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Collins provided an overview of NIH’s unprecedented Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines (ACTIV)(link is external) and the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) Initiative(link is external). Dr. Yamamoto discussed the impact of COVID-19 on the research ecosystem and highlighted some of the collaborations taking place to respond to the pandemic. Listen to the recording here

Research!America Alliance Member Call with Donna Cryer

Date: April 28, 2020

Featuring: Donna CryerPresident and CEO of the Global Liver Institute; Leslie RitterAssociate Vice President, Federal Government Relations at National MS Society

Donna shared updates on her organization's comprehensive COVID-19 response program. Leslie discussed the disruptive impact of COVID-19 on research supported by voluntary health associations, philanthropies and scientific societies.

For a recording of the call, click here.

 

Research!America Alliance Member Call with Dr. Harvey V. Fineberg

Date: April 20, 2020

Featuring: Dr. Harvey V. FinebergPresident of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and chair of the National Academies Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases

Dr. Harvey V. Fineberg discussed the steps needed to contain and ultimately end the COVID-19 pandemic.

For a recording of the call, click here.

 

Research!America Alliance Member Call with Dr. Rick Bright and Scott Whitaker

Date: April 15, 2020

Featuring: Dr. Rick BrightDeputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and Director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA); Scott Whitaker, President and CEO of AdvaMed

Scott Whitaker discussed how the medical device and diagnostic sectors are working on to combat the pandemic. Dr. Rick Bright provided an update on BARDA's COVID-19 efforts. 

You can find a link to this terrific conversation here.

 

Research!America Alliance Member Call with Dr. Robert Redfield

Date: April 13, 2020

Featuring: Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Research!America hosted a conference call for our members and partners on April 13, 2020, with Dr. Robert Redfield who provided an overview of the COVID-19 pandemic and the CDC’s response.

There is no recording available for this call. Access highlights from the call here.

 

Research!America Alliance Member Call with Adrienne Hallett

Date: April 9, 2020

Featuring: Adrienne Hallett, Director of the NIH Office for Legislative Policy and Analysis

Research!America hosted a conference call for our members and partners on April 9, 2020 with Adrienne Hallett who shared updates on NIH COVID-19 response efforts.

There is no recording available for this call. 

 

Research!America Alliance Member Call with Dr. Georges Benjamin

Date: April 7, 2020

Featuring: Dr. Georges Benjamin, Executive Director of APHA

Research!America hosted a call on April 7, 2020, with Research!America board member and APHA Executive Director Dr. Georges Benjamin, discussing the nationwide response to COVID-19 and National Public Health Week. 

Access Dr. Benjamin’s presentation here.

 

Research!America Alliance Member Call with Rear Admiral Erica Schwartz and Emily Holubowich

Date: March 30, 2020

Featuring: Rear Admiral Erica SchwartzDeputy Surgeon General; Emily Holubowich, Vice President of Federal Advocacy of the American Heart Association

The Research!America Alliance Member Call on March 30, 2020, featured Deputy Surgeon General RADM Erica Schwartz who spoke about frontline COVID-19 testing and protecting our first responders. Emily Holubowich wrapped up the second half of the call by providing an FY21 appropriations state-of-play.
 

There is no recording available of this call.

Research!America Alliance Member Call with Dr. Skorton

Date: March 24, 2020

Featuring: Dr. David SkortonPresident of the Association of American Medical Colleges

Research!America hosted a call on March 24, 2020, with Dr. David Skorton on strategies for academic health centers during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a content-filled, motivating conversation, Dr. Skorton and his colleagues emphasized the irreplaceable value of fundamental research and the critical importance of public-private partnerships. 

You can find a link to this terrific conversation, including alliance member Q&A, here.

 

Research!America Alliance Member Call with Dr. Jacqueline Corrigan Curay and Dana Acton

Date: March 19, 2020

Featuring: Dana ActonLegislative Director for House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY-17); Dr. Jacqueline Corrigan-Curay, Director of the Office of Medical Policy at FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) 

Dr. Jacqueline Corrigan-Curay provided an update on FDA’s implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act and Dana Acton discussed FY21 appropriations and supplemental COVID-19 funding.

There is no recording available of this call.
 
 

Research!America Alliance Member Call with Dr. Larry Tabak and Dr. Michael Lauer

Date: March 16, 2020

Featuring: Dr. Larry TabakPrincipal Deputy Director of the National Institutes of HealthDr. Michael LauerDeputy Director for Extramural Research at the National Institutes of Health

Dr. Tabak and Dr. Lauer discussed NIH’s efforts to ensure research institutions and scientists are accorded the flexibility needed as they confront COVID-19-related research disruptions. 

A recording of the detail-rich call can be accessed here.

 
 

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