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New video series highlights the people who fuel America's innovation pipeline
Date:7/17/2012

ts, enhancing America's capacity to innovate. They are working to turn smart phones into go-anywhere medical devices; identify the ideal Navy SEAL candidate before that person ever goes through basic training; provide the scientific basis for sound public policies; connect the dots between lifestyle and quality of life, bringing down healthcare costs in the process; develop tools that give surgeons 'X-ray vision;' and help the body to heal itself by re-growing tissue at a place or a time that it wouldn't ordinarily do so.

The researchers reflect on their work as well as how the U.S. system for funding research makes the United States a leader. "Because of the opportunities provided by federal research funding, we are developing a generation of scientists that has no competitor on planet Earth," says Erik Dutson, executive medical director of the Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

They also talk about the risks of decreased funding. "If you have a population of scientists that [don't] have the resources to train the next generation for even five years, the impact of that lack of individuals who are trained to do innovative research will be felt for decades to come," says Lilianne Mujica-Parodi, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Stony Brook University.

In addition to the "Innovators" video series, The Science Coalition has produced a complementary brochure and a new webpage (innovators.sciencecoalition.org) that is dedicated to telling the stories of federally-funded university researchers across the country. The work of these researchers, and many thousands of others, will drive innovations in medicine, technology, energy, safety and the environment leading the way toward a healthier, more sustainable, secure and prosperous future for all Americans. Some of the featured work includes:

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Contact: Sue Garmen-Kranias
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The Science Coalition
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