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Pelosi Remarks Upon Receiving Whitehead Award From Research!America
Date:3/24/2009

WASHINGTON, March 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be presented with the Whitehead Award at Research!America's 20th Anniversary Advocacy Awards tonight at a ceremony at the Mellon Auditorium. The Edwin C. Whitehead Award for Medical Research Advocacy recognizes exemplary leaders, particularly those in public office, who have shown a long-standing commitment to advancing health research as a national priority and who galvanize others in support of science policy and funding.

Below are the Speaker's remarks as prepared:

"What a tremendous honor it is to receive the Whitehead Award from Susan Whitehead and former Congressman Lou Stokes.

"Thank you, Susan, for carrying on the proud tradition of your family. Susan's father, Jack Whitehead, dedicated his entire career to pushing the boundaries of science to discover and innovate in new ways. Today, the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at MIT continues his tradition: supporting revolutionary research in how to prevent, treat, and cure, disease.

"In all of Congress's efforts to increase the investments in medical research through the Labor HHS Appropriations Subcommittee, Congressman Lou Stokes was always in the lead.

"When we worked together to double the funding for the NIH, we worked under our terrific Chairman, John Porter. Thank you, John, for continuing your great leadership to keep American healthy, innovative, and competitive as Chair of Research!America.

"I would like to acknowledge Mary Woolley, President of Research!America. The city of San Francisco takes great pride in the fact that Mary was educated at San Francisco State University and directed the Medical Research Institute of San Francisco before coming to Research!America.

"I'm here tonight to say, 'Thank you, Research!America.' Everyone wondered if it was po
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