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 innovations in health and medicine research. We’ll be livestreaming 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. The first one will get underway about at 11:45 a.m., and will include Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
The panels will be discussing topics such as the Zika virus,
the Cancer Moonshot initiative, Alzheimer’s disease, antibiotic resistance and
@SteveSmith: We will have a transcript later and will have a replay of the event sometime in the future.
"All of us are incubating some awful disease." - William Hait, global head of Janssen Research & Development
Janssen Research's William Hait "Our leaders don't get it. They fail to see the importance of investing in biomedical research."
Dr Fauci: I have a concern, that may not be a popular concern, that we don't have enough biomedical research to be incubators for innovations of the future. #RAforum16
Global Liver Institute Donna Cryer: we don't have the investment in surveillance data to see where our investments will have an impact. #RAforum2016
Dr. Fauci: We've had to take money from malaria, tuberculosis, Ebola, cancer, heart disease, and mental health to pay for Zika vaccine trials. #RAforum16
Dr. Fauci : Historically biomedical research funding has been a partnership between the administration and Congress and something went wrong.. Something went wrong on the way to the forum. #RAforum16
Dr Fauci: I don't think it is the administration [that went wrong]. It's Congress. #RAforum2016
They are taking a short break until the next panel at about 1:10 p.m.The topic will be "Going Bold."
UCSF's Keith Yamamoto: the president's Personalized Medicine Inititiative board recommended that scientists reclassify research away from the study of organs and diseases to studying the underlying mechanisms and biological processes of disease because there .. are cross underlying mechanisms between diseases.#RAforum16
CDC Anne Schuchat: Vaccines have prevented 300 million diseases but all we hear about are fears about vaccines.
CDC Anne Schuchat: Prevention isn't sexy. #RAforum2016
USC's Hortensia Amaro: Social determinants are as much as 80% of health. #RAforum2016
PCORI's Joe Selby: If you can reduce obesity, you can reduce large numbers of various cancers and Alzheimer's. #RAforum2016