Mid-summer offers no let-up in the pace of policymaker action on key legislation impacting medical and health research, and we are fully engaged. The good news is that Congress is favorably disposed to supporting research and innovation in both public and private sectors; the bad news is that there are other things on congressional plates as well, which, combined with pressures of election season, could push our interests down in terms of priorities. Our community’s recent success in standing down the rescissions package is the most recent evidence that advocacy works – and it will work again if we all rally to press Congress to act now to support research.
Advocacy works because individuals stand up to be heard. A longtime national leader in health, research for health, and advocacy, Dr. Herbert Pardes, has been recognized by Research!America in the creation of a new advocacy award that we have just announced. If you know of someone who rises to Dr. Pardes’ level of impact as an advocate, please be sure to nominate that individual to receive recognition next March. See elsewhere in this issue for details.