Research!America Receives $1.2 million Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grant

Funds Will Initiate the Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research
Tuesday, July 11, 2006

WASHINGTON—July 11, 2006—Research!America has received a $1.2 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The two-year grant provides founding support for the Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research, established 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.

The Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research is named for the former Florida Congressman, current Research!America chair emeritus and renowned champion for health research. Society members, or Ambassadors, will be drawn from the nation's foremost leaders in global health research. Chosen by a distinguished advisory council, Ambassadors will serve in a continuing program of public outreach and advocacy for global health research, facilitated by Research!America.

"Far more medical research must be devoted to finding vaccines and cures for diseases that affect the developing world," said Joe Cerrell, director of Global Health Advocacy for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. "The Paul G. Rogers Society will be an important advocate for global health research."

"We are honored to initiate the Paul G. Rogers Society with funding from such a respected organization," said The Honorable John Edward Porter, chair of the Research!America Board of Directors. "Paul Rogers is the quintessential research advocate, and I can't think of anyone more fitting for whom this Society should be named. The Society's Ambassadors will carry on his tradition and build on the model of advocacy he has created."

Research!America will provide advocacy leadership development to Society members, who will represent the full spectrum of medical and public health research. The organization will facilitate these Ambassadors' engagement in public outreach and advocacy through meetings, speaking engagements and a range of community-level activities to connect with policy makers, opinion leaders, the media and the public nationwide.

Research!America's public opinion research shows that most Americans think the U.S. spends too little on research to improve health around the world.

"Given the strong public support, we need now to bring our nation's leaders in step with the public's priorities, to make our leaders more aware of the importance of increased support for global health research," said Mary Woolley, president of Research!America. " Unifying and activating stakeholders in advocacy for this goal is a complex process requiring bold leadership and sustained effort. The Paul Rogers Society will work to do just that."

Information on nominating Ambassadors for membership in the Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research is available from the Society's executive director, Karen A. Goraleski.

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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