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Ohio residents: Medical and health research important to state's economy, jobs and incomes
Date:5/16/2011

ROOTSTOWN, OhioMay 16, 2011Ohioans broadly support a strong commitment to medical and health research and recognize its direct link to job creation and the state's and the nation's economy, according to a new statewide poll conducted by IBOPE Zogby for Research!America and Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED).

A strong majority of Ohioans (86%) thinks medical and health research is important42% say very importantto the state's economy. Eight in 10 believe spending money on scientific research is important to Ohio's economy in terms of jobs and incomes.

Nine in 10 (92%) Ohioans think it is important62% say very importantfor the state to be a leader in medical and health research, but only half say the state is a leader in this area. Nearly as many (88%) say it is important for the state to be a leader in science and technology, but just 28% think it is.

The poll findings were released today at a forum convened by NEOMED and Research!America in Rootstown, Ohio.

"The strong public support by Ohioans for research is a reflection of the growth and strength of medical and health R&D conducted by the universities and academic health centers in our state," said Jay A. Gershen, D.D.S, Ph.D., president of the University. "Ohio's universities are building the state's leadership in medical and health research, educating health professionals to work in underserved areas and creating innovative collaborations with the state's growing life science industry and broader business community."

Fully 85% say it is important47% say very importantfor Ohio to support the education of health professionals for rural and urban underserved communities. Six in 10 believe it is very important for Ohio to encourage young people to pursue careers that require a solid education in science, and nearly as many (57%) say it is very important that Ohio create more opportunities for careers in science and research.

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Contact: Eva Maciejewski
emaciejewski@researchamerica.org
571-482-2712
Research!America
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