Dr. Bruce Alberts to Receive John Edward Porter Legacy Award; Three Esteemed Researchers to Share Geoffrey Beene Foundation Builders of Science Award
The 24th annual Research!America Advocacy Awards, to be held at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. on March 11, 2020, brings together leaders from government, industry, academia, patient groups, scientific societies, independent research institutes, and health advocacy organizations to honor exceptional advocates for research. Earlier this month, Research!America announced the first round of recipients for many of the awards.
Bruce M. Alberts, PhD, former president (1993-2005) of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), will receive the 2020 John Edward Porter Legacy Award, generously supported by Ann Lurie. An advocate of improving science education in primary and secondary schools, Dr. Alberts has spent his career promoting the creativity, openness, and tolerance that are inherent to science.
“Dr. Albert’s sustained leadership and dedication to science education show his strong commitment to advancing research and the joy of life science,” said The Honorable Michael N. Castle, chair, Research!America. “The thread that runs through Dr. Albert’s distinguished career is an encouragement of collaborative work across all science disciplines to promote learning and communication to non-scientists.”
Other 2020 Advocacy Award honorees announced are three co-recipients of the Geoffrey Beene Foundation Builders of Science Award: Myron M. Levine, MD, DTPH, associate dean for Global Health, Vaccinology & Infectious Diseases at the University of Maryland School of Medicine; Gary J. Nabel, MD, PhD, chief scientific officer and senior vice president for Global Research & Development at Sanofi; and Paul A. Offit, MD, professor of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Michael M. E. Johns, MD, professor of the Schools of Medicine and Public Health at Emory University will be the recipient of the Herbert Pardes Family Award for National Leadership in Advocacy for Research; Mary Fogarty McAndrew, Chair of the John E. Fogarty Foundation for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities will be the recipient of the Gordon and Llura Gund Leadership Award; and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will be the recipient of the Paul G. Rogers Distinguished Organization Advocacy Award.
Recipients of the Isadore Rosenfeld Award for Impact on Public Opinion and the Edwin C. Whitehead Award for Medical Research Advocacy will be named in the coming weeks. The annual Research!America Advocacy Awards program was established by Research!America’s Board of Directors in 1996 to honor outstanding advocates for medical, health, and scientific research.
“We are thrilled to recognize these outstanding 2020 honorees who, through their commitment to scientific research, have contributed to scientific education and communication, scientific discovery, and advocacy for improved care and funding to accelerate research,” said Mary Woolley, president and CEO, Research!America.
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