New Global Health Research Ambassadors Named

Leaders Will Work to Gain U.S. Support
Wednesday, July 11, 2007

WASHINGTON—July 11, 2007—Twenty-three of the nation's foremost experts on global health have been selected to advocate for the need for greater U.S. investment in global health research as part of Research!America's Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research.

The newly appointed Ambassadors include leaders in a variety of global health areas, including HIV/AIDS research, TB, vaccines, nutrition and environmental hazards. They join last year's appointees to make up the first 50 Ambassadors in the Rogers Society.

The Society, named for The Honorable Paul G. Rogers, former Florida Congressman and renowned champion for research to improve health, aims to increase awareness of-and to make the case for greater U.S. investment in-research to fight diseases that disproportionately affect the world's poorest nations.

"These new Ambassadors will build on the momentum of their predecessors-meeting with editorial boards and with their policymakers-informing them that investing in global health research is the smart thing to do for America and the right thing to do for the world," said The Honorable John Edward Porter, chair of the Society's Advisory Council and Research!America board chair.

Selected by an Advisory Council that includes three Nobel Laureates, members of this prestigious group represent a spectrum of the nation's "scientist advocates." Ambassadors will work to build a national discussion about global health research and will stress the importance of effective collaboration among the nation's government, industry, academic, patient advocacy and philanthropic research sectors.

The Paul G. Rogers Society was established in 2006 by Research!America with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Research!America will work with the Ambassadors providing strategic communications and advocacy consultation to maximize the effectiveness of their public outreach to local and national policy makers, opinion leaders, the media and the public.

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.

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