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The Research Institute Hosts 21st Century Cures Roundtable of U.S. House of Representatives Committee and Research Leaders from Across Ohio

After three months of hearings in Washington, D.C., members of the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee have been holding Roundtables across the country to gather input on identifying policies to accelerate the process of discovery, development and delivery of new treatments and cures. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital recently hosted one of the Roundtables for this landmark initiative, known as 21st Century Cures, which is a bipartisan, multi-year effort.

Congressmen Bob Latta and Bill Johnson, the Ohio members of the Committee, organized the Roundtable with a panel of research leaders across the state of Ohio, including John Barnard, MD, president of The Research Institute, who served as the host of the event. This is the first time a Roundtable has been held at a children’s hospital.

“Ohio’s two members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee brought together key stakeholders in Ohio’s health care, science and research fields to discuss how our state and nation can close the gap between research and the implementation of new therapies and cures,” said Dr. Barnard in his letter to the editor for The Columbus Dispatch. “The Committee is focused on bringing policy and regulation at NIH and FDA into the 21st century. While acknowledging that research funding is a challenge in this age of unlimited potential, the Committee also is looking to assure that resources are being spent in the best possible way.”

Other participants in attendance included:

  • Timothy Wright, interim vice president of The Ohio State University Technology Commercialization Office, founding partner of the Drug Development Institute, and director of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Christopher Lindsell, PhD, associate dean for clinical research for the University of Cincinnati
  • Akira Takashima, MD, PhD, director of the Center for Biomarker Research and Individualized Medicine, director of the Jacobson Center of Clinical and Translational Research, and professor and chairman  for the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Toledo
  • Mark R. Chance, PhD, vice dean for research and director of the Center for Proteomics and Bioinformatics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Laura E. Nagy, PhD, vice chair for External Affairs at the Lerner Research Institute, professor of Molecular Medicine, staff member in the Departments of Pathobiology and Gastroenterology, and director of the Center for Liver Disease Research at Lerner College of Medicine
  • Walter E. Horton Jr., PhD, dean of the College of Graduate Studies, vice president for Research, and professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Arthur S. Pickoff, MD, chair and professor of Pediatrics and of Community Health for Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University
  • Sonsoles de Lacalle, MD, PhD, director of the Office of Advanced studies and professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • William (Bill) Kose, MD, senior vice president of Medical Affairs for Blanchard Valley Health System, a community hospital of the Ohio Hospital Association
  • Eyad Mahayri, MD, FCCP, chief of staff, pulmonologist, intensivist, and sleep medicine physician at Southeastern Regional Medical Center, a community hospital of the Ohio Hospital Association
  • Sudip Parikh, PhD, vice president and general manager of Health and Analytics at Battelle and member of Bio Ohio, an organization focused on accelerating bioscience discovery, innovation, education, research and commercialization in Ohio
  • Don Casey, chief executive officer of Medical Segment at Cardinal Health and Ohio member of AdvaMed, the Advanced Medical Technology Association
  • Randy Wilson, general manager of Roxane Labs for Boehringer Ingelheim Corporation and Ohio member of PhRMA, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America

To learn more about the 21st Century Cures initative, visit

Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000