Sequestration Budget Caps
Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley said the Budget Control Act of 2011 has a damaging effect on the nation’s scientific enterprise in a letter-to-the-editor in The Wall Street Journal. “Under the arbitrary rules of that bill, federal research agencies like the National Institutes of Health are severely underpowered.”
In a Modern Healthcare article, Research!America board member Georges Benjamin, M.D., executive director of the American Public Health Association, discussed the stress-induced health effects caused by racial discrimination, urging clinicians to help alleviate social inequities that have contributed to disparities in health outcomes. "You can call for your medical society to support things that you know will improve the health of the population in which you serve."
Federal Funding for Science
Research!America’s Vice President of Communications Suzanne Ffolkes was quoted in a Bloomberg BNA article regarding the need for increased federal funding to support science priorities outlined by the White House.
In a Clinical Leader article, Research!America board member Sudip Parikh, Ph.D., senior vice president and managing director of DIA Americas, highlighted trends in clinical trials. “As a whole, remarkable progress is being made in all parts of our ecosystem.”
Research!America board member Harold L. Paz, M.D., M.S., EVP and CMO, Aetna, was quoted in a WFPL (NPR) article about Aetna’s naloxone donation to first responder agencies in Kentucky to curb opioid-related deaths in the state.
In a Business Insider article, Research!America board member Herbert Pardes, M.D., executive vice chairman, Board of Trustees, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, commended Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières for providing mental health services and humanitarian efforts for people living in volatile areas around the world.
Science and Society
Research!America board member Rush D. Holt, Ph.D., CEO, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), was quoted in Laboratory Equipment magazine about the Administration’s decision to disband the Federal Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment. “The capacity to understand and effectively address important policy issues depends on access to relevant scientific and technical expertise.”
In an Associated Press article, Research!America board member Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D., director, Duke-Robert J. Margolis, MD, Center for Health Policy, Duke University, discussed the implications of an overhaul of Medicaid.