2018 National Health Research Forum Videos

Straight Talk: New Thinking on Persistent Challenges

Panel Videos

Research!America's 2018 National Health Research Forum, held September 6 at the Newseum's Knight Conference Center, discussed efforts to accelerate innovation to shape the future of health, speed progress against treatment-elusive threats, and located at opportunities going forward. Read the summary of the Forum.

Panel 1 

Reimagining Medical Progress: Trends, tools, and partnerships that are reshaping the future of health

Moderated by Mark McClellan, Robert J. Margolis Professor of Business, Medicine, and Policy, and Director of the Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University. Panelists: Ivor Benjamin, MD, FAHA, FACC, President, American Heart Association, Luiz Miguel Camargo, PhD, Director of Innovation Networks, UCB Inc., Tim Hoctor, Vice President, Life Science Services, Elsevier, Gopal Khanna, Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Ann Palmer, President and CEO, Arthritis Foundation, Joe V. Selby, MD, MPH, Executive Director, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, Greg Simon, President, Biden Cancer Initiative.


Panel 2

Unmet Medical Needs: Speeding progress against treatment-elusive health threats

Moderator: Jackie Judd, communications consultant. Panelists: Gary M. Cohen, Executive Vice President, Global Health and President of the BD Foundation, BD, Mikael Dolsten, MD, PhD, President, Worldwide Research and Development, Pfizer, Guillermo Prado, PhD, Dean, University of Miami Graduate School, Leonard M. Miller Professor of Public Health Sciences and Director of the Division of Prevention Science and Community Health, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences, Srini Ramanathan, Vice President, Development Sciences, Horizon Pharma, Robert M. Redfield, MD, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Adrienne Bell-Cors Shapiro, Sickle Cell Disease and stem cell patient advocate, Founder and Science Administrator, Axis Advocacy Foundation, Celia M. Witten, PhD, MD, Director of the Office of Cellular, Tissue, and Gene Therapy, Center for Biological Evaluation and Research.


Panel 3

Brain Science: A closer look at opportunities, obstacles, and the path forward

Moderator: Erin Durkin, Health Care Correspondent, National Journal. Panelists: Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, Director, National Institutes of Health, France A. Córdova, PhD, Director, National Science Foundation, Paula K. Dumas, Founder and Managing Editor, MigraineAgain.com, Susan Fitzpatrick, PhD, President and Chief Executive Office, James S. McDonnell Foundation, Husseini Manji, MD, FRCPC, Global Therapeutic Head, Neuroscience, Janssen Research & Development, Alfiee M. Breland-Noble, PhD, MHSc, Director, AAKOMA Project, Principal Director, AAKOMA Center and MDIL Consulting.


Closing Remarks

Speaker: Alex M. Azar II, Secretary of Health and Human Services. Moderator: Susan Dentzer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Network for Excellence in Health Innovation.



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