MedPage Today featured an article highlighting remarks from FDA Commissioner Robert Califf, M.D., a speaker at Research!America’s 27th Annual Meeting of Members. Califf discussed the agency’s priorities including: strengthening the FDA workforce, curbing the opioid epidemic, focusing on patient-centeredness in R&D, advancing precision medicine, and combating anti-microbial resistance.
Candidates, Plans to Address Alzheimer’s
Research!America’s 2016 Advocacy Award honoree Trish Vradenburg, co-founder of UsAgainstAlzheimer's, penned an op-ed for The Star-Ledger, calling on all presidential candidates to share their plans to stop the disease, noting Hillary Clinton’s proposed strategy. “Other candidates can also announce a plan to stop Alzheimer's. I eagerly invite them to do just that.”
Moonshot Initiative Leadership
Mary Woolley, president and CEO Research!America, expressed her support for Gregory Simon, following Vice President Joe Biden’s announcement that Simon will lead the “moonshot” cancer initiative in The New York Times.
Mail Order Pharmacy Services
In a Consumer Reports article about mail order prescription services, Research!America board member Lucinda Maine, Ph.D., R.Ph., executive vice president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, shared her concerns that mail order medications may not always arrive on time, which can be dangerous for people who depend on lifesaving drugs.
Diversity in Healthcare Leadership
In a FierceHealthcare article about how diversity in leadership in hospitals and healthcare institutions leads to improved patient outcomes, Research!America board member Georges Benjamin, M.D., executive director of the American Public Health Association, noted that minority representation is attainable through a commitment to equity and recognition that diversity is important.
Reaching Underserved Communities
Research!America board member Hortensia Amaro, Ph.D., Associate Vice Provost for Community Research Initiatives and Dean's Professor of Social Work and Preventative Medicine at University of Southern California, was featured in a USC News article about the Smithsonian Institute honoring her contributions to the field of psychology as a woman of color in an exhibit titled “Finding Your Passion.”
Research!America board member, Rush Holt, Ph.D., chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, co-wrote an op-ed with Sergio Jorge Pastrana, executive director and foreign secretary of the Cuban Academy of Sciences, in The Orlando Sentinel about the importance of strengthening scientific partnerships between the U.S. and Cuba to advance medical progress.