As we enter the second quarter of the year, election season is in full swing. We have yet to hear much at all about what candidates for the presidency, not to mention for Congress, would do, if elected, to assure that research and innovation are a high priority in a nation that aspires to medical progress; to finding solutions to what ails us. Research!America’s voter education initiative, Campaign For Cures, is underway and awaits your engagement. As I noted in my closing remarks to guests at our recent awards dinner, so much is at stake, it’s critical that we all engage in this election cycle. Research for health won’t become a talking point on the campaign trail all by itself; it won’t become a higher national priority all by itself. It needs all of us to speak out. Please visit www.campaignforcures.org for more information.
My remarks were not, however, the highlight of our awards event! An inspiring combination of eloquence and straight talk distinguished the comments of both presenters and awardees.The same and more was true of the address by our always-on- point Chair, John Porter, who reminded advocates for science research that the next President will appoint the heads of our federal health agencies; we must choose our next leader wisely. And we must do the same for choosing members of Congress if we hope to build on the current momentum for research on Capitol Hill. To read Porter’s full speech and view photos and videos of the Dinner program, click here. The nominations process for the 2017 Advocacy Awards is now underway. Consider who you know who is deserving of an award from Research!America, and submit your nomination online here.