Creating New Partnerships | Health Research Alliance in North Carolina

Creating New Partnerships | Health Research Alliance in North Carolina

Dr. Nahle, ANRF Executive Director, participated in the two-day conference of Health Research Alliance (HRA), in Raleigh North Carolina. HRA is a collaborative member organization of non-profit research funders. It seeks to improve human health by maximizing the impact of biomedical research.

At the 2018 meeting a number of topics key to achieving these goals were addressed. Namely:

  • How the impact of funding can be measured through grantee outputs.
  • An update was given for the Funder-Institution Relations Task (FIRST) Group. FIRST seeks to develop and enrich the working relationships between research institutions to aid participants in reaching common goals by assisting each other in areas such as intellectual property, reporting requirements and indirect costs related to research.
  • Putting peer review under the microscope by looking at best practices as well as the current challenges in this model of publishing research.
  • Implementing New Ways to Model Human Disease for More Effective Drug Discovery.
  • The way in which collaboration can further the reach and impact of research, how working together can result in more effective, influential studies with greater reach than could be achieved by working in isolation.


The meeting was also an opportunity to coordinate with stakeholders, collaborators and partners including the Rheumatology Research Foundation and the American Federation for Aging Research (co-funds research grants annually with ANRF). A further benefit was the ability to network with organizations in the biomedical nonprofit arena in attendance, including the American Heart Association, JDRF, AACR, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Alzheimer’s Association, Foundation Fighting Blindness, Susan g. Komen, V foundation, NYSCF, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, TBS, BrightFocus, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Melanoma Research Foundation, Simons Foundation, Autism Science Foundation, American Cancer Society and others.


Dr. Nahle with HRA leadership, Executive Director Maryrose Franko, PhD (Middle) and Annette Huetter Director of Operations at Health Research Alliance


Dr. Nahle with HRA Board of Directors Chair, Dr Steve Rose.


Conference in session. HRA Chair of the Board of Director, Dr Steve Rose and Dr. Amy Lester, both with Foundation Fighting Blindness.


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