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Promising Research Can’t Stall for Lack of Funding

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 Promising Research Can’t Stall for Lack of Funding

Cancer in all its forms, Alzheimer’s, ALS, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and painful, chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease will only be overcome if we, as a nation, have the will and commitment to once again make funding the type of essential research that led to the eradication of polio in the United States such a high national priority.

Association of Clinical Research Professionals

Clinical research is helping people live healthier, longer lives more than ever before. And it's made possible by the commitment of dedicated professionals, such as the 20,000 Global Members who belong to the Association of Clinical Research Professionals.


At CenterWatch, our mission is to be the leading source of clinical trials information for both clinical research professionals and patients. To support our mission, we offer several professional, educational and informative services and resources from news and analysis on the industry to trial listings seeking study volunteers. For more information, click on the links below under the appropriate category. is a registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world. gives you information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details.

Foundation for Biomedical Research

Our mission is to educate the public about the essential role of humane animal research in the quest for medical advancements, treatments and cures for both humans and animals.

Institute of Biomedical Science

The Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) is the professional body for biomedical scientists in the United Kingdom. It aims to promote and develop the role of biomedical science within healthcare to deliver the best possible service for patient care and safety.

Medical Research Council

The heart of our mission is to improve human health through world-class medical research. To achieve this, we support research across the biomedical spectrum, from fundamental lab-based science to clinical trials, and in all major disease areas.

National Association for Biomedical Research

On behalf of the biomedical research community, the National Association for Biomedical Research advocates for sound public policy in support of ethical and essential animal research.


The Library collects materials in all areas of biomedicine and health care, as well as works on biomedical aspects of technology, the humanities, and the physical, life, and social sciences.

Research America

Research!America is the nation's largest not-for-profit public education and advocacy alliance. Since 1989, we have been committed to making research to improve health a higher national priority.

Society of Clinical Research Associates

SOCRA is a non-profit, professional organization dedicated to the continuing education and development of clinical research professionals.

Biomedical Engineering Society

The Vision of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) is to serve as the world's leading society of professionals devoted to developing and using engineering and technology to advance human health and well-being.

Black Biomedical Research Movement

The Black Biomedical Research Movement was formed for the purpose of eliminating our nation's severe health disparity and increasing the pool of minority researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is an independent private foundation dedicated to advancing the biomedical sciences by supporting research and other scientific and educational activities.

Cancer Research Institute

Discovery-driven scientific research is the only way we will find more effective, innovative immune-based strategies to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer. CRI is a leader in the translation of basic scientific discovery into clinical applications with the potential to have real-life benefit for cancer patients.

Dystonia Medical Research Foundation

The mission of the DMRF is to advance research for more treatments and ultimately a cure, to promote awareness and education, and to support the needs and well being of affected individuals and families.

EB Medical Research Foundation

The EBMRF is a volunteer nonprofit foundation dedicated to the support of medical research of Epidermolysis Bullosa, its causes, the development of successful treatments, and ultimately, its cure.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

HHMI, a non-profit medical research organization that ranks as one of the nation's largest philanthropies, plays a powerful role in advancing biomedical research and science education in the U.S.

Huntington Medical Research Institutes

HMRI is an independent, nonprofit, public-benefit organization dedicated to improving health and prolonging life by enhancing knowledge of life processes and disease, and by developing technology to diagnose and treat diseases.

International Society for Stem Cell Research

We are an independent, nonprofit organization established to promote and foster the exchange and dissemination of information and ideas relating to stem cells, to encourage the general field of research involving stem cells and to promote professional and public education in all areas of stem cell research and application.

Masonic Medical Research Laboratory

The MMRL is dedicated to improving the health and quality of life for all humankind. The Laboratory's primary mission is to conduct high quality basic medical research aimed at generating knowledge and information necessary for development of the medical cures and treatments of tomorrow.

National Foundation for Cancer Research

NFCR was founded in 1973 to support cancer research and public education relating to the prevention, early diagnosis, better treatments and ultimately, a cure for cancer. NFCR promotes and facilitates collaboration among scientists to accelerate the pace of discovery from bench to bedside.

Naval Medical Research Center

The Naval Medical Research Center is a premier research organization with a vision: World-class, operationally relevant health and medical research solutions - anytime, anywhere!

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

Founded in 1946, OMRF is one of the nation's oldest and most respected nonprofit biomedical research institutes. Located in Oklahoma City, OMRF fosters a worldwide reputation for excellence by following an innovative cross-disciplinary approach to medical research.

Prevent Cancer Foundation

The Prevent Cancer Foundation empowers people to prevent cancer. We envision a future where cancer incidence and mortality will be significantly reduced through preventive measures.

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery

Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute conducts world-class collaborative research dedicated to finding cures for human disease, improving quality of life, and thus creating a legacy for its employees, partners, donors, and community.

Society for Basic Urologic Research

The Society for Basic Urologic Research (SBUR) is a society of scientists whose expertise includes the study of urologic cancers (prostate, bladder, kidney, testis, penis), the biology of prostate growth, kidney and bladder function, autoimmune urologic diseases, infectious diseases, neuro-urologic diseases, male reproductive biology, infertility and erectile dysfunction.

Society for Women's Health Research

The Society for Women's Health Research is the nation's only non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the health of all women through research, education and advocacy.

Stowers Institute for Medical Research

The Institute conducts basic research on genes and proteins that control fundamental processes in living cells to unlock the mysteries of disease and find the keys to their causes, treatment, and prevention.

The Stanley Medical Research Institute

SMRI is a nonprofit organization supporting research on the causes of, and treatments for, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Since it began in 1989, SMRI has supported more than $300 million in research in over 30 countries around the world. It is the largest nongovernmental source of funds for research on these diseases in the United States.

Whitehead Institute

Whitehead Institute is a world-renowned non-profit research institution dedicated to improving human health through basic biomedical research. By cultivating a deeply collaborative culture and enabling the pursuit of bold, creative inquiry, Whitehead fosters paradigm-shifting scientific achievement.

American Association for Cancer Research

The mission of the AACR is to prevent and cure cancer through research, education, and communication. Through its programs and services, the AACR fosters research in cancer and related biomedical science; accelerates the dissemination of new research findings among scientists and others dedicated to the conquest of cancer.

American Federation for Medical Research

The mission of AFMR is to promote understanding of recent advances in biomedical science for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease; to facilitate the exchange of ideas and information among physicians and other investigators who are concerned with the treatment of disease


UK Biobank is a major national health resource, and a registered charity in its own right, with the aim of improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of serious and life-threatening illnesses — including cancer, heart diseases, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, eye disorders, depression and forms of dementia.

International Anaesthesia Research Society

The goal of the IARS CME activities is to disseminate current, state-of-the art basic and clinical research data, as well as the newest advances in all areas of clinical anesthesia care, including perioperative medicine, critical care, and pain management.

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