As advances in scientific and health research dominate news headlines, Mary Woolley, president of Research!America, will deliver the keynote address for Case Western Reserve University's Research ShowCASE 2009 on Thursday, April 16, at Veale Convocation Center.
Research!America is a nonprofit, membership-supported, grassroots public education and advocacy organization committed to making medical and health research a national priority.
Woolley will share with the Research ShowCASE audience how the $10.4 billion earmarked in the federal budget for investment in health research and basic sciences is an encouraging sign for the research community. "Now it is incumbent on the science community, particularly early-career scientists, to make it clear to elected representatives and taxpayers just how this support and future strong research funding helps advance our economy and improve our health and our quality of life," Woolley said. She will expand on those thoughts during the keynote talk, which begins at 4 p.m.
Research ShowCASE is the University's annual event that brings together hundreds of researchers, scientists and scholars for a day of collaboration, creativity and innovation. Online registration is required for the free public event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Woolley has a 30-year editorial and publication history on science advocacy and research topics. Her op-eds and letters to the editor have been published in newspapers and magazines around the country, including Science, Nature, Issues in Science and Technology, The New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of the American Medical Association and The Scientist. She is a sought-after speaker and is frequently interviewed by science, news and policy journalists.
For her work on behalf of medical research, she has been honored as a Woman of Vision by the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science and is a recipient of the Distinguished Contribution to Research Administration Award from the Society for Research Administrators.
In her early career, Woolley served as San Francisco project director for the then largest-ever NIH-funded clinical trial, the Multiple Risk Factor Intervention Trial. She also served as administrator of the Medical Research Institute of San Francisco before being named the institute's executive director and CEO.
Woolley has been the president and CEO of Research!America since 1990. Under her leadership, the organization's membership has more than quadrupled as it has earned the attention and respect of research, media and community leaders with its signature public opinion surveys and advocacy resource materials.
Case Western Reserve University is committed to the free exchange of ideas, reasoned debate and intellectual dialogue. Speakers and scholars with a diversity of opinions and perspectives are invited to the campus to provide the community with important points of view, some of which may be deemed controversial. The views and opinions of those invited to speak on the campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.