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Canada’s Research Funding Also Facing Cut Backs

Alan I. Leshner, PhD

Alan I. Leshner, PhD

In a recent op-ed published in the Toronto Star Dr. Alan Leshner, Research!America board member, writes that federal deficits in the United States and Canada “pose a significant threat” to basic research.

He notes that “some policy-makers seem to value near-term, industry-focused science more highly.” But adds that basic science has larger potential payoffs than applied research. “The most well-known example of life-changing basic research is of course Sir Alexander Fleming’s accidental 1928 discovery of a mould (penicillin) that seemed to repel bacteria. German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen’s 19th century efforts to pass cathode rays through glass now allows doctors to see inside the human body without surgery, using X-rays. More recently, a $250,000 study on “the sex life of the screwworm” — a title that prompted the late U.S. senator William Proxmire to mock efforts to better understand a lethal livestock pest — has so far saved the U.S. cattle industry more than $20 billion.” Continue reading →

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Research!America, Research Australia, Research Canada and Research!Sweden sign letter of agreement

Research!America and its international partners, Research Australia, Research Canada and Research!Sweden, have signed a letter of agreement, capitalizing on a long-standing partnership among these research advocacy organizations. Over the past decade, Research!America, Research Australia and Research Canada have met informally on several occasions and presented and attended each organization’s annual meetings and conferences. Recently, Research!Sweden joined this alliance, bringing its unique programs, approaches and strategies to this international group.

The agreement is intended to foster greater collaboration among the four organizations in an effort to leverage expertise, advancements and approaches in health research advocacy, as well as facilitate the sharing of best practices in biomedical and health research advocacy, governance and operational policies and procedures. The agreement will promote enhanced communications among the four organizations and open the door to explore opportunities to collaborate internationally on health research advocacy ventures. The two-year agreement reflects the efforts of all four organizations to make biomedical and health research higher priorities in their respective countries. You can read the full letter of agreement here on Research!America’s website.

You can also visit the websites for these international research advocacy organizations: Research Canada, Research Australia and Research!Sweden.