Global Health Research Ambassadors Named
WASHINGTON—Nov. 20, 2006—Twenty-seven of the nation's foremost experts in global health will band together to advocate for greater U.S. investment in global health research.
These prominent scientists include a former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director and experts in malaria and other infectious diseases, child health, dentistry, nursing, geriatrics, psychiatry and economics. These individuals will comprise the inaugural class of Ambassadors in the Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research.
The Rogers Society is named for the former Florida Congressman, renowned champion for research to improve health and current Research!America chair emeritus. Research!America launched the Society this summer to increase awareness of-and make the case for greater U.S. investment in-research to fight diseases that disproportionately affect the world's poorest nations.
"Each Ambassador is a true credit to Paul Rogers and each will carry on his effective model of education and advocacy," said The Honorable John Edward Porter, chair of the Society's Advisory Council and Research!America board chair. "Individually and as a unified voice, they will provide crucial leadership in our mission to increase U.S. support for global health research."
Members of this prestigious research advocacy team are recognized leaders in medical and global public health research and represent a spectrum of the nation's "scientist advocates." Selected by an Advisory Council that includes three Nobel Laureates, the inaugural class of Ambassadors will work to build a national discussion about the need to assign a high priority to global health research. Ambassadors will meet with opinion leaders and decision makers to convey the importance of global health research to Americans and to the nation.
Research!America will provide advocacy leadership development to the Ambassadors and facilitate their public outreach and advocacy through speaking engagements and a range of community-level activities to connect with policy makers, opinion leaders, the media and the public nationwide.
The Paul G. Rogers Society was established with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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. Founded in 1989, it is supported by more than 500 member organizations, which represent more than 125 million Americans. For more information, visit www.researchamerica.org.