Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) will receive the Edwin C. Whitehead Award for Medical Research Advocacy for her leadership in increasing federal funding for medical research, particularly Alzheimer’s disease research, at Research!America’s Advocacy Awards Dinner on March 14 in Washington, D.C. at the Mellon Auditorium.
“If we are to improve the health of Americans and the quality of their lives, we must continue to invest in areas like biomedical research,” said Senator Collins. “Research!America is dedicated to informing the public of the benefits of medical research and empowering members of the research community. I will continue to fight for increased funding to combat debilitating diseases like Alzheimer’s, diabetes, cancer, and so many other diseases that affect the lives of every American family. I am deeply honored to receive this award.”
As the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee and the founder and co-chair of the Senate Alzheimer’s Task Force and the Senate Diabetes Caucus, Senator Collins’ top priorities have been working to support caregivers and increase federal funding for biomedical research.
Atul Gawande, M.D., MPH, surgeon, writer, and public health researcher and advocate, will be honored with the Isadore Rosenfeld Award for Impact on Public Opinion for dramatically raising the profile of health systems research, and promoting evidence-based research to improve health care delivery. Dr. Rosenfeld is widely recognized as one of the country’s preeminent physicians and a renowned advocate for medical and health research.
“Dr. Rosenfeld’s writing and advocacy has made a significant impact on public understanding of health and health care that I have hoped to build upon,” said Dr. Gawande. “The next era of advancement in human well-being will only be possible if we pay attention to how illness and healing really work—if we commit to working through the messy reality of how science and people’s lives intersect.”
Dr. Gawande practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and is a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, publishing influential essays on the science and practice of medicine, from people’s individual experiences to the effects of national policy. He is professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School. He is also executive director of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation working to save lives and reduce suffering for people everywhere through simple, scalable solutions that improve the delivery of care.
Other 2018 Research!America Advocacy Award honorees are The Honorable John Edward Porter, Research!America Chair Emeritus, who will receive the Legacy Award; Roger I. Glass, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Fogarty International Center and associate director for international research at the National Institutes of Health; Shari and Garen Staglin, co-founders, One Mind and founders, Staglin Family Vineyard; Peter J. Hotez, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine where he is also professor of pediatrics and molecular virology and microbiology; and The EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases.
Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson and Johnson is the lead sponsor of the event. For more information about the Advocacy Awards Dinner, visit www.researchamerica.org/advocacy_awards.