Sunday, September 11, 2016

2016 National Health Research Forum

Research!America, the nation's largest non-profit public education and advocacy alliance that works to make research to improve health the nation's priority, held it annual National Health Research Forum on September 8th at the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum in downtown DC.  This forum had leaders from across the medical research spectrum talking about timely topic, from funding for Zika research to patient centered engagement in research design and implementation.  There were also many notable speakers including the commissioner of the FDA (Dr. Rob Califf) to the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (Dr Tony Fauci).  I even had a chance to speak to the new director of AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) and one of our prior keynote speakers at our annual symposium, Dr. Joe Selby the executive director of PCORI (Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute).

For those that have not been to the Newseum, it is just a few blocks from the Capitol.  This was very symbolic since most often, when you discuss advocacy for medical research the topic of federal funding and policy is brought up.  So, from my seat , in which I saw the entire room (similar to the picture above) when I looked past the room and out the windows, this is what I would see....


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