Research!America announces 2018 Advocacy Awards Honorees

Friday, October 6, 2017

A former congressional leader who was instrumental in doubling the NIH budget, the head of a global research center aimed at reducing the burden of disease, two long-time mental health advocates dedicated to accelerating research, a rare disease organization committed to biotech innovation, and a world-renowned vaccine researcher are among those who will be honored at Research!America’s 22nd annual Advocacy Awards on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, in Washington, D.C. The honorees for the Isadore Rosenfeld Award for Impact on Public Opinion and the Edwin C. Whitehead Award for Medical Research Advocacy will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Study: Lack of trust less of a barrier to clinical trial participation

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Significantly fewer African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians and non-Hispanic whites say “lack of trust” is a reason why individuals do not participate in clinical trials, indicating a more favorable perception of this research. In a recent public opinion survey commissioned by Research!America, the percentage of respondents citing ‘lack of trust’ as a reason declined by as much as 15% among minority groups and the population overall, compared to the results of a 2013 survey—50% of African-Americans (11% decrease), 45% of Asians (6% decrease), 43% of Hispanics (9% decrease) and 39% of non-Hispanic whites (15% decrease).

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Study: Americans would participate in clinical trials if doctor recommended

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Association of Clinical Research Organizations (ACRO) applauds Research!America for a recently released survey on the public’s perception of clinical trials. The study, funded in part by ACRO and conducted by Zogby Analytics, surveyed 1,000 adults nationwide in July 2017 and found that an overwhelming majority (86%) believe that doctors should discuss clinical trials with patients as part of standard care.

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Survey: Discussions about clinical trials should be part of standard of care

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

An overwhelming majority of Americans (86%) agree that healthcare professionals should discuss clinical trials with patients diagnosed with a disease as part of their standard of care, according to a new national public opinion survey commissioned by Research!America. And three-quarters of respondents (75%) agree that taking part in clinical trials is as valuable to our health care system as giving blood. But Americans are split on whether it’s important for everyone to take part in a clinical trial if they are asked—44% agree while 45% disagree and 12% are not sure. A higher percentage (74%) said they would participate if they are asked by someone they trust.

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Science march planned for April 22

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

On Saturday, April 22, the March for Science will take place in more than 400 cities across the globe to celebrate the many scientific advances that have improved the health and well-being of people worldwide. Research!America will be on the ground participating in the Washington, D.C. event, and some of the satellite marches in Los Angeles, California; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Salt Lake City, Utah. 

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Kathy Bates to be honored at Research!America advocacy awards dinner

Friday, January 20, 2017

Kathy Bates, award-winning actress and Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN) spokesperson, will receive Research!America’s Isadore Rosenfeld Award for Impact on Public Opinion for raising the visibility of lymphedema and lymphatic diseases and advocating tirelessly on behalf of the patient community. The Rosenfeld Award is presented to individuals who have worked to effectively deliver medical or other health-related research advocacy messages to the public.   

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