Research America is an advocacy group that aims to increase funding to and awareness of medical research throughout the country. Some of their activities include annual polls on Americans’ perception of health care and scientific research funding, media kits for reporting on health care and research and general coverage of medical research policy issues.
According to Mary Woolley, President and CEO of Research America, polls conducted by the organization show that although Americans value medical research they are generally unaware of progress in the field which is reflected in the fact that most “cannot name a living scientist.” The conflict between what Americans value as important and what they actually know about medical research helped inspire the Rock Stars of Science campaign. The event paired musical celebrities with scientific geniuses in an event that was a true tribute to the scientific community.
In the clip below Joe Perry of Aerosmith performs a musical tribute to Congressional champions of research with National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins, MD, PhD, on guitar, Harvard neuroscientist Rudy Tanzi, PhD, on harmonica, Joe Ryan, PhD of the National Human Genome Research Institute on drums and David Hull of the Joe Perry Project on bass. The video was unveiled at a Capitol Hill event celebrating Rock Stars of Science, a campaign launched by the Geoffrey Beene Foundation.
A great day out of the lab indeed!
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