The accomplishments of the 2019 Research!America Advocacy Award honorees have led to a greater understanding of health disparities, breakthroughs as the result of the convergence of engineering and life sciences, advanced treatments based on genomic research, and improved outcomes for patients suffering from cystic fibrosis. As Research!America celebrates its 30th anniversary, the alliancee will honor these awardees and others to be named in the coming weeks at the Advocacy Awards Dinner on March 13, 2019 in Washington, D.C.
The Honorable Louis W. Sullivan, MD, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and president emeritus of the Morehouse School of Medicine, will receive the 2019 John Edward Porter Legacy Award for his strong commitment to advancing research and public health, and his efforts to improve the health behaviors of Americans, as well as his work raising funds for scholarships for black students in the health professions. He also established the Office of Research on Minority Health (now known as the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities) at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Sullivan is currently the founding dean and director of the Medical Education Program at Morehouse College.
Susan Hockfield, PhD, will receive the Geoffrey Beane Foundation Builders of Science Award for her leadership as president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she had a substantial impact on scientific breakthroughs while bringing together life, physical, and engineering sciences. As chair of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, she has championed youth involvement in science and supported women and minorities in research. She is now President Emerita of MIT and a member of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research.
David R. Williams, MPH, PhD, will be the inaugural recipient of the Herbert Pardes Family Award for National Leadership in Advocacy for Research. Dr. Williams, currently the Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, developed the Everyday Discrimination Scale, now one of the most widely used measures of discrimination in health studies. His work on implicit bias and how it detrimentally affects the health of minority populations has greatly enhanced our understanding of social influences on health.
Denny Sanford, healthcare philanthropist and long-time supporter of Sanford Health and Sanford Research Institute in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, will be presented with the Gordon and Llura Gund Leadership Award in recognition of his philanthropy and advocacy in support of medical research. His dedication to research and children’s health have led to the development of children’s clinics worldwide and genomic research to treat and prevent breast cancer, experimental research on diabetes treatments, adult stem cell therapy development, and much more.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) will be the recipient of the Paul G. Rogers Distinguished Organization Advocacy Award in recognition for its work supporting a wide range of innovative research programs that seek to discover and develop new and effective therapies for cystic fibrosis. CFF’s investment in basic research, drug development, clinical research have resulted in many new treatments for CF, and its efforts in advocating for patients have meant better, highly specialized care for those who suffer from this disease.
The honorees for the Isadore Rosenfeld Award for Impact on Public Opinion and the Edwin C. Whitehead Award for Medical Research Advocacy will be announced in the coming weeks.
Visit www.researchamerica.org/advocacy_awards for more information.