Research!America Statement on the Death of former NIH Director Bernadine Healy

Monday, August 8, 2011

WASHINGTON-August 8, 2011-Research!America responded to the news of the death of Bernadine Healy, MD,  former director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

According to Research!America's president and CEO Mary Woolley, "The loss of Bernadine Healy is felt throughout the research community. She spoke with the passion and the voice of an advocate on behalf of health and medical research. She fought to establish the NIH Women's Health Initiative and to include women in clinical trials. We feel the deep loss of her voice and her wisdom, even as we applaud her legacy."

Healy was appointed to director of the NIH in 1991. She was the first woman to head the agency. She has also served as deputy director of the White House Office of Science and Policy, dean of the Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health, president of the American Heart Association and president of the American Red Cross.

Research!America's chair, former Illinois Congressman John Edward Porter, said, "As a physician, educator and health administrator, Bernadine Healy's manifold contributions to the field of medicine and science policy saved countless lives and inspired the next generation of scientists. As a tribute to her legacy, I encourage the research community to double its advocacy efforts."

Research!America is the nation's largest nonprofit public education and advocacy alliance working to make research to improve health a higher national priority. Founded in 1989, Research!America is supported by member organizations that represent the voices of 125 million Americans. Visit

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We have health challenges in this country that science will provide answers for if given the chance and we haven't given science that opportunity
Mary Woolley, President and CEO, Research!America