Serving the public interest is a shared responsibility between policymakers and scientists, said Mary Woolley, CEO and president of Research!America during a forum at the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute. Experts gathered August 10 in Chicago to discuss a broad range of topics on the current state of medical research including emerging trends and generational differences between scientists, public-private partnerships, and harnessing the power of technology for health care informatics.
Woolley discussed the research enterprise in the context of policy decisions, highlighting the necessity of scientists and advocates for scientists to speak up for their research to the public and policymakers to ensure robust support for medical research.
Other panelists included Alan Schwartz M.D. Ph.D., professor of pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine, Jeffery Sherman M.D., FACP, chief medical officer and executive vice president of Horizon Pharma, and Robert Schmit, customer engineer at Google Cloud. “As we think about our transformative imperative of advancing pediatric medicine and research, this is the context in which [we] are trying to move forward in,” said Thomas Shanley M.D., chief research officer of the Manne Children’s Institute.