The American Society for Microbiology and Research!America, in collaboration with the American Society for Virology, held a panel discussion at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. about infectious disease research and public health which aired on C-SPAN. A new public opinion survey about Americans' views on the safety and effectiveness of vaccines received extensive media coverage in outlets such as NBC News, U.S. News & World Report, and The Hill.
Research!America president and CEO Mary Woolley penned an op-ed published in the Morning Consult urging public health stakeholders to initiate more substantive conversations about the health benefits of vaccines. The Washington Post published a letter-to-the-editor authored by Woolley about public awareness regarding the safety and efficacy of vaccines.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch published a letter-to-the-editor penned by Research!America Vice President of Communications Suzanne Ffolkes about the need for scientists and health professionals to inform the public about vaccines.
Science and the Elections
In a Chemical and Engineering News article, Research!America board member Rush D. Holt, Ph.D., CEO, American Association for the Advancement of Science, was quoted about increased interest among scientists to run for office during this election season.
Scientific American published an op-ed by The National Science Policy Network about the need for increased civic engagement among scientists and Research!America’s bipartisan candidate engagement initiative. A separate article highlighted the alliance’s request for proposals for innovative ideas for candidate outreach led by graduate-and post-doc student groups.
In an NBC News article about a World Health Assembly resolution promoting breastfeeding over formula, Research!America board member Georges Benjamin, M.D., executive director of the American Public Health Association, commented that the scientific evidence overwhelmingly supports breastfeeding and its health benefits for the mother and child.
Research!America board member Jay A. Gershen, DDS, Ph.D., president, Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), and Bruce Johnson, president of the Inter-University Council of Ohio, co-authored an op-ed published in The Cleveland Plain Dealer about the importance of maintaining a high-quality public higher education system to address workforce challenges and spur economic growth in the state.
Research!America board member James Madara, M.D., EVP and CEO, American Medical Association, sent a letter to the Trump Administration about the health impact of children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border which was featured in a CNN article.
Pharmacists as Patient Partners
In a Hill op-ed, Research!America board member, Lucinda Maine, Ph.D., R.Ph., executive vice president and CEO, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), wrote that pharmacists can help manage drug costs if state and federal laws would allow.