Thursday, April 9, 2009

Bridging the Valley of Death: Improving the Federal Commitment to Translational Research

FasterCures invites you to a special presentation and discussion
Wednesday, April 22, 9:30 am – 11:00 am
  • Amy Comstock Rick, Chief Executive Officer, Parkinson’s Action Network
  • Mary Richards, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Parkinson’s Action Network
  • Margaret Anderson, Chief Operating Officer, FasterCures

It is widely acknowledged that one of the factors behind the slow momentum in clinical discovery and application is the ever-widening gap – referred to by some as a “valley of death” – in funding and support for the kind of research that moves basic science down the path toward treatments. Years of discovery, the genome and information revolutions, the doubling of our national investment in research through the NIH, and a new sense of urgency for progress in curing diseases have created a changed research environment that demands a system with greater flexibility, efficiency, and accountability.

In recent years the federal government has acknowledged the need to enhance its commitment to translational research so that Americans will see a better return on the enormous investment of their tax dollars in the form of improved health and cures for disease. What is needed to promote more effective investments in translational research at the federal level? What can the community of research advocates do to support this goal?

Please join FasterCures for this important discussion on:
Wednesday, April 22
9:30 am – 11:00 am
1101 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 620
Washington, DC 20005

Please RSVP to Patricia Wolf at or 202-336-8917.

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