Distinguished leaders in scientific, medical and health research whose accomplishments have led to groundbreaking discoveries and raised public awareness of life-threatening conditions will be recognized at Research!America’s Advocacy Awards Dinner at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. on March 15, 2017.
Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, will receive the Legacy Award for his lifelong devotion to preventing, diagnosing, and treating infectious and immune-mediated diseases. Dr. Fauci is also chief of the NIAID Laboratory of Immunoregulation, where he has made numerous important discoveries related to HIV/AIDS and is one of the most-cited scientists in the field. He serves as one of the key advisors to the White House and Department of Health and Human Services on global AIDS issues, and initiatives to bolster medical and public health preparedness against emerging infectious disease threats.
Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., institute professor, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will be recognized with the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Award for Sustained National Leadership. Dr. Sharp’s decades of research has focused on the molecular biology of gene expression related to cancer and RNA splicing, which he discovered in 1977. Dr. Sharp is a powerful advocate for cancer research, serving as Chairman of Stand up to Cancer’s (SU2C) Scientific Advisory Committee since the organization’s inception in 2008.
Leland H. Hartwell, Ph.D., will receive the Geoffrey Beene Builders of Science Award for leading an outstanding scientific research organization as president and director of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Under his leadership, the institution brought its divisions together on a new campus, formed the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance with the University of Washington and Children’s Hospital and expanded faculty and research activity. Dr. Hartwell has established the Center for Sustainable Health at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute and serves as the university’s second Virginia G. Piper Chair of Personalized Medicine.
The Paul G. Rogers Distinguished Organization Advocacy Award will be given to the Lupus Foundation of America. Since its inception, the Foundation and its national network have provided millions of dollars to support lupus research at the nation’s leading medical institutions, with support for more than 400 lupus research studies conducted at more than 100 medical institutions throughout the U.S. The Foundation is the driving force behind programs that seek to increase public and private investment in lupus research, develop safer and more effective therapies, and improve public, patient and professional awareness of the disease.
The honorees for the Isadore Rosenfeld Award for Impact on Public Opinion, the Gordon and Llura Gund Leadership Award and the Edwin C. Whitehead Award for Medical Research Advocacy will be announced in the coming weeks.
To learn more about Research!America’s Advocacy Awards visit www.researchamerica.org/advocacy_awards.