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Fostering Science & Health

Scientists and health care professionals do not work in a vacuum. Research and health care are labor-intensive, expensive efforts that require the support of the community as a whole. Key to these efforts are the philanthropists, political leaders, and others who provide resources, remove barriers, and spearhead projects that improve the health of the nation and the world.

John Edward Fogarty (1913-1967) was an American legislator who became known as "Mr. Public Health" for his outstanding advocacy of federal funding for medical research, health education, and health care services.
(Available September 2015; announcement, updated April 2016, September 2016, September 2017)

Thomas Francis Xavier (Mike) Gorman (1913-1989) was a well-known journalist, author, publicist, and crusader for health policy reform. He won a Lasker Award in 1948 for his newspaper exposés of state mental hospital conditions in Oklahoma.
(Available May 2014; announcement, updated February 2015, September 2015, April 2016, September 2016, September 2017)

Alan Gregg (1890-1957) was a career Rockefeller Foundation officer, and a leader in the fields of public health, medical education and research.
(Available March 2008; announcement, updated January 2010, July 2011, January 2012, February 2013, December 2013, February 2015, September 2015, April 2016, September 2016, September 2017)

Mary Lasker (1900-1994) was co-founder of the Lasker Foundation which fosters prevention and treatment of disease by honoring excellence in basic and clinical science. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal for her work.
(Available June 2007; press release, updated March 2008, January 2010, July 2011, January 2012, February 2013, December 2013, February 2015, September 2015, April 2016, September 2016, September 2017)

Regional Medical Programs began with President Lyndon Johnson's establishment of the Commission on Heart Disease, Cancer and Stroke in 1964. It concluded in 1976. The goal was "to speed miracles of medical research from the laboratory to the bedside."
(Available 1994, updated December 1999, April 2000, December 2005, July 2006, December 2006, May 2007, March 2008, January 2010, July 2011, January 2012, February 2013, December 2013, February 2015, September 2015, April 2016, September 2016, September 2017)