Hello everyone, and welcome. I’m Valarie Basheda, WebMD’s Director of News and Special Projects. Today we’ll be watching the National Health Research Forum, a once-a-year gathering of top leaders talking about issues and innovations in health and medicine research. We’ll be live
streaming the event taking place at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
Writer Bara Vaida is at the Newseum for WebMD and will be sending updates during the event.
The event features three expert panels, each followed with a Q&A from the audience.
Dr. Mikael Dosten of Pfizer will kick off the program shortly after 11:30 a.m. with a keynote address.
The first panel, “Addressing Escalating Health Threats: the Role of Research in Combating the Opioid Crisis and Other Urgent Community Health Challenges”, will get underway at 11:45. Panelists include the CDC’s Dr. Anne Schuchat, Hon. Patrick J. Kennedy and Gov. Charlie Barker of Massachusetts.
You can also follow the conversation on #RAForum17.
Mary Woolley, president and CEO Research!America #raresearch17: Join us next Monday and Tuesday in a social media campaign to urge Congress to increase spending caps on research
Mikael Dolsten, Pfizer president of worldwide research & development #RAForum17. Want average development of new medicines to take 5 years or less instead of close to 10 years development time.
Mikael Dolsten, Pfizer president of worldwide research & development #RAForum17. We want to see sustained funding levels for National Institutes of Health and a US regulatory system for the 21st century and a health care system that ensures great patient access.
The first panel is about to get started.
CDC's Anne Schuchat on obesity: 1 in 3 Americans is obese, 1 in 3 is overweight.
Seth Ginsberg, Co-Founder and President of Global Healthy Living Foundation: The U.S. spends over half a trillion in direct and indirect costs dealing with pain.
Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy: There aren't aren’t an adequate number of non-opiod pain reliever drugs available to Americans to treat those with high risk for addiction. #RAForum17
We thought they were safe and effective. But for some types of pain they are not effective and have harms: CDC's Anne Schuchat.
CDC's Schuchat: To address the opioid crisis: This is a culture change. There is a huge issue with (health care) providers in culture change and with the public. We need the public to be asking, do I really need (that pain prescription)? We are trying to get a Public Service Advertising campaign that will be launching soon to (get) that prescription culture to change. Since so many people, 2 out of 3 people, who are addicted to heroin started with prescription opioids. We need to tackle this on every front. #RAForum17