Folkman to Receive Research!America Award for Medical Research Advocacy

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

ALEXANDRIA, VA—February 22, 2005—Angiogenesis research pioneer and advocate Judah Folkman, MD, is the recipient of the 2005 Research!America inaugural Raymond and Beverly Sackler Award for Sustained National Leadership.

Folkman will be recognized on March 15 at the ninth annual Research!America Advocacy Awards Dinner on March 15 at the Willard InterContinental, Washington, DC. PARADE magazine is the host benefactor of the event and Sam Donaldson of ABC News will serve as master of ceremonies.

A surgeon-in-chief, emeritus, and director of the vascular biology program at Boston Children's Hospital, Folkman also serves as a professor of pediatric surgery and cell biology at Harvard Medical School. He is often cited as the founder of angiogenesis research, which has led to the treatment of invasive, malignant cancers and has sparked more than 30 clinical trials with treatments also applied to benign diseases such as psoriasis and macular degeneration.

Folkman's advocacy efforts for research have included national and international presentations to his peers as well as non-scientists, open weekly lab meetings and retreats to encourage support for research at every level. During his career, his advocacy and leadership have influenced two generations of scientists and medical professionals, many of whom have gone on to prestigious positions in academia and industry.

Other 2005 Research!America Advocacy Award winners are The Honorable Nancy G. Brinker, founder of The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation; the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International; The Honorable Paul G. Rogers, former chairman of the House Subcommittee on Health and the Environment and Research!America chair; and Marlo Thomas, actor and national outreach director for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

"The winners of this year's awards are advocacy standouts. Their hard work and dedication represent the apex of advocacy for research," said Mary Woolley, Research!America president. "Because of the actions of these leaders, as well as the many others who follow their examples, the promise of better health through advances in research will be achieved sooner, rather than later, to the benefit of every American."

Honorary Chairs of the dinner include William G. Anlyan, MD; The Honorable and Mrs. William McC. Blair, Jr.; Barry R. Bloom, PhD; Roger Bulger, MD; Joseph Califano, Jr.; The Honorable Frank C. Carlucci; Vice Adm. Richard H. Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS; David R. Challoner, MD; Carolyn Clancy, MD; The Honorable John Cornyn; Nils Daulaire, MD, MPH; Michael E. DeBakey, MD; Peter Dolan; Sam Donaldson; Robert Essner; Anthony S. Fauci, MD; Harvey Fineberg, PhD, MD; James W. Fordyce; James Foster; Julie L. Gerberding, MD, MPH; The Honorable Newt Gingrich; Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison; Robert A. Ingram; Karen Katen; Paul W. Kincade, PhD; Stephanie Lederman; LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr., MD; Alan I. Leshner, PhD; Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD; Margaret E. Mahoney; Afaf I. Meleis, PhD, DrPS (Hon), FAAN; The Honorable Dan Mica; The Honorable Bob Michel; Mary Tyler Moore; John P. Moses; Steven R. Patierno, PhD; William A. Peck, MD; Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi; The Honorable Robert Ray; Gov. and Mrs. Mitt Romney; William L. Roper, MD, MPH; David Satcher, MD, PhD; John R. Seffrin, PhD; Martin Soeters; Allen M. Spiegel, MD; C. Charles Stokes, Jr.; The Honorable Louis W. Sullivan, MD; Sidney Taurel; The Honorable Billy Tauzin; Samuel O. Thier, MD; Andrew von Eshenbach, MD; M. Cass Wheeler; John Whitehead; Peter Whitehead; Susan Whitehead; and Elias A. Zerhouni, MD.

Research!America is a not-for-profit, membership-supported public education and advocacy alliance founded in 1989. Its nearly 500 member institutions, organizations and corporations represent the voices of more than 100 million Americans who want medical and health research-including research to prevent disease, disability and injury and to promote health-to be a much higher national priority. Research!America's public opinion surveys and advocacy-based programs and publications are designed to reach the public and decision makers with messages that support a strong and vibrant research enterprise.


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