"Medical research is a slow and painstaking process, but the fulfillment that comes when one is able to save lives and alleviate suffering makes it all worthwhile." This statement by Nobelist Gertrude Elion, gracing the cover of Research!America's 1993 annual report, sums up our organization's fundamental mission. Research!America is determined to increase public awareness of medical research's value--of its role in improving the quality of life for everyone.

In late November, we released the results of a nationwide Harris poll--commissioned by our organization--showing that the American public overwhelmingly considers medical research to be the single most valuable type of scientific research, with two-thirds of respondents ranking it as their top priority. The poll indicated that nine of 10 Americans feel the nation should spend more than it already spends to diagnose, prevent, and treat disease. And three-fourths of those surveyed said they are willing to support additional research by paying...

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