Research!America Board Chair The Honorable Michael N. Castle called for more bipartisan cooperation among members of Congress in a Delaware State News article about the impact of political partisanship on the legislative process. “The bottom line is we are not making the progress that we should in terms of working out legislation for the betterment of the country.”
Research Advocacy and Funding
Research!America Board Chair Emeritus The Honorable John Edward Porter shared insights about National Institutes of Health (NIH) appropriations, advocacy for research and the importance of engaging with candidates in a wide-ranging interview in The Cancer Letter. “I think the people who support NIH should be out there going to the town hall meetings, going to the campaign meetings, and asking the questions. Do you support NIH funding and how strongly? Put them on the spot. That seems to be extremely important.”
Mary Woolley, president and CEO, Research!America was profiled in the Roanoke Times about the recent funding increase for the National Institutes of Health and her keynote presentation on research advocacy at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.
Following the passage of the FY18 omnibus spending bill, Woolley was quoted in CQ Roll Call, The Scientist and U.S. News & World Report, applauding funding increases to the NIH and other research agencies. Research!America Vice President of Communications Suzanne Ffolkes was also quoted about the funding boost in Vox, Houston Business Journal, Boston Business Journal and Albany Business Review.
In a Baltimore Sun article about University of Maryland (UMD) School of Medicine Match Day, Research!America board member E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., MBA, UMD executive vice president for medical affairs distinguished professor and dean, encouraged students to view their careers as service to others. “Each and every patient deserves your full attention, your deepest respect and excellent care.”
Gun Violence Research
In an NPR article about gun violence research, Research!America board member Georges Benjamin, M.D., executive director, American Public Health Association, said that recent budget language will make gun violence research more permissible.
FDA and Tobacco Use
Research!America board member Nancy Brown, CEO, American Heart Association, was quoted in an NBC News article encouraging the FDA to develop product standards for flavored tobacco. "There is already clear evidence that flavored tobacco products, including menthol, harm the public health."
Research!America board member Rush D. Holt, Ph.D., CEO, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), told The Washington Post that candidates with STEM backgrounds would be beneficial to policymaking.