As the year comes to an end, let’s revisit the top ten most popular Research!America blog posts in 2013 (based on page views) that highlighted the importance of making research for health a higher national priority. We’re thankful for our many outstanding guest bloggers including early career scientists, leaders of industry, academia, patient groups and scientific societies who strongly believe in the promise of scientific discovery and medical innovation to build healthier lives.
10) Millennials Move On
August 14: Guest blog post by Tyler Wiechman on why the millennial generation is leaving science, from his personal experience. “If funding was more available for these VITAL research programs, students of this generation would be much more optimistic about their personal future in clinical research and able to get into academia or the industry of their choice.” Read the post, here.
9) The Science Policy Group at the University of California, San Francisco
July 22: The Science Policy Group at UCSF speaks out about the “crisis situation” brought about by the sequester. “We have observed a number of our postdoctoral colleagues leave UCSF due to the budgetary constraints both they and their PIs were experiencing. The immediate consequences, such as sudden lay-offs and premature termination of promising research careers, are obviously tragic.” Read the post, here.
8) Research!America Hosts NTD Forum at Tulane University
May 17: Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) commonly associated with the developing world, have been identified in many parts of the country including Louisiana. Research!America hosted an NTDs event at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans with health and policy experts. Read highlights of the event, here.
7) Research!America’s Inaugural Advocacy Academy
September 19: Highlights of the inaugural Advocacy Academy which brought 12 postdoctoral researchers from across the U.S. for a two-day advocacy training program in Washington, D.C. that culminated in Capitol Hill visits with their representatives. Read the post (and see photos), here.
6) Public Health Thank You Day, November 25
November 6: Every year, Research!America and other leading health organizations take time to recognize the public health professionals across the country who protect us from disease and injury. The 2013 Public Health Thank You Day blog post describes the round-the-clock activities to address major health threats and promote good health. Learn more about the initiative, here.
5) Neglected Tropical Disease Research in Louisiana: Saving Lives and Creating Jobs
April 24: Research!America produced two short compelling videos about neglected tropical diseases and patients with NTDs that were unveiled at the NTDs Louisiana event (see post #8). Watch the videos, here.
4) Top “disruptive technologies” that could revolutionize health care and research
May 30: Blog post about a McKinsey Global Institute’s report that identified 12 “disruptive technologies” that could be transformative for the U.S. economy. “It doesn’t take much imagination to see many of these technologies making an indelible mark on health care and public health.” Sound interesting? Read the post, here.
3) Announcing Research!America’s Inaugural Advocacy Academy
June 4: The third most popular post of 2013 was the announcement of the Research!America’s Inaugural Advocacy Academy which focused on engaging early-career scientists in research advocacy and science policy. The program is an opportunity for postdoctoral fellows to learn how to incorporate advocacy and effective communications into their role as a scientist. (see post #7). Take a look, here.
2) Cuts to NIH research squeezes young scientists out
July 25: The second most viewed; op-ed by Abigail Schindler, PhD, postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and co-leader of the Seattle Forum on Science Ethics and Policy published in The Seattle Times. Abigail bemoaned the consequences of sequestration (across-the-board budgets cuts) to science and the careers of young scientists. Read more here.
1) Heroes for scientific knowledge
October 23: Our most popular post of the year! Benjamin Caballero MS, a PhD candidate at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (one of the Research Matters Communications Workshop participants) wrote this entry about the importance of scientists communicating their research to the public and policy makers.
“Science is in need of heroes. It is important to realize that each and every one of us have a role and can become one. Inform yourself, ask questions to the experts and learn how your day-to-day life is benefited from the scientific endeavor. Be a part of human progress, become the hero science needs.”
Read the post, here.
Stay tuned for 2014!