Building Ohio's Economy and Health Through Medical Research: A Research Partners Forum

Building Ohio's Economy and Health Through Medical Research: A Research Partners Forum

May 16, 2011. Ralph Regula Conference Center, Rootstown, OH.

Research!America and Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) hosted a Research Partners Forum, “Building Ohio’s Economy and Health Through Medical Research.” Attended by 400 people, the forum focused on the importance of medical research to Ohio’s economy.

Results of a new Ohio poll by IBOPE Zogby, commissioned by Research!America, were released at the event. The findings showed Ohioans see the importance of investment in medical and health research to job creation and the economy in their state: 80% believe spending money on scientific research is important to Ohio’s economy in terms of jobs and incomes.

Susan Dentzer, editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, moderated a panel discussion on the subject. Panelists included Carolyn Clancy, MD, director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; Barbara Kunz, president, Health and Life Sciences Global Business, Battelle; Debra Lappin, JD, senior vice president, B&D Consulting and president, Council for American Medical Innovation; Rep. Tim Ryan, U.S. Congressman; and Lawrence Tabak, DDS, PhD, principal deputy director, National Institutes of Health.

The panel discussed the ways research creates new jobs and allows people to live longer, healthier lives.

The panel preceded comments on the importance of research to education and its economic impact on Ohio colleges and universities from eight members of the Inter-University Council of Ohio Presidents.

Battelle and NEOMED are Research!America members. Dentzer is a Research!America board member.

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