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Upton receives 2019 Champion of Science Award

The Science Coalition presented Upton with award for his dedication to advancing science and innovation

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Washington, October 29, 2019 | Josh Paciorek (202-225-3761) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today received this year’s Champion of Science Award from The Science Coalition for his continued efforts in advancing scientific research and innovation across a number of issues, including health, cyber security, energy and the environment.

Upton is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and helped secure additional funding for the development and discovery of cures for a number of diseases through his historic 21st Century Cures Act. Cures has allowed for improved prevention and screening of cancer, an increased understanding of the human brain, and an improved field of regenerative medicine. Cures also provided for additional funding for Alzheimer’s research and has brought us to the cusp of finding a cure for sickle cell.

“It’s such an honor to have received the Champion of Science award, and I remain committed to our shared goal of advancing research and scientific discovery that will help all Americans live better, longer lives,” Upton said. “That was one of our main goals for our 21st Century Cures Act. With a focus on patients and their families, we sought to accelerate the development of treatments and cures for some of the world’s worst diseases, and I am proud of the results so far. Representative Diana DeGette and I are now working on a second effort to promote increased access to life-saving cures. There are still too many patients without a treatment, and we can't wait another day.”

“Throughout his three decades in Congress, Congressman Upton has been a true Champion of Science, most notably in his work championing the 21st Century Cures Act,” said Steve Gerencser, Interim President of The Science Coalition and Associate Director of Government Relations at Brown University. “His votes and leadership make it clear he understands the importance of fundamental research in growing our economy, fueling technological innovation, enriching public health, and strengthening our national security. We are grateful for his continued support to the nation’s scientific enterprise.”

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Champion of Science Award, which has recognized more than 90 members of Congress for their actions and votes that reflect their support for fundamental scientific research.

The Science Coalition is a nonprofit organization made up of more than 50 of the nation’s leading public and private research universities.

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