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Research!America honors leaders in medical and health research advocacy
Date:10/22/2013

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- October 22, 2013 -- Research!America's 18th annual Advocacy Awards will honor extraordinary advocates of medical and health research who are distinguished in their commitment to advancing medicine and health. The event will take place on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC, as a part of Research!America's 25th anniversary commemoration.

The 2014 Advocacy Award winners are actress Glenn Close and her family; Leroy Hood, MD, PhD, president, Institute for Systems Biology; Kathy Guisti, founder and CEO of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF); Reed Tuckson, MD, managing director, Tuckson Health Connections; and The Progeria Research Foundation (PRF). The winner of the Edwin C. Whitehead Award for Medical Research Advocacy will be named by Research!America's Board of Directors later this year.

"This year's honorees have transformed the lives of many individuals across the country through their remarkable achievements and advocacy for medical and health research," said Mary Woolley, president and CEO of Research!America. "Their unwavering dedication is helping to elevate research in the national conversation and inspire a new generation of advocates."

Glenn Close, the award-winning actress of Damages and Fatal Attraction, will be honored with Research!America's 2014 Isadore Rosenfeld Award for Impact on Public Opinion. Urged by her sister and nephew living with mental Illness, Close co-founded Bring Change 2 Mind, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to ending the stigmas and misunderstandings surrounding mental illness. Together, the Close family shares an inspiring message of recovery, managing illness and leading a productive life. Glenn's sister, Jessie, lived with undiagnosed bipolar disorder until the age of 50. She blogs about her personal experiences on the BC2M website and has written two books, The Warping of Al and the soon-to-be-released memoir, Resilie
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