Daniel Perry Named President of the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research

Washington, D.C. – Daniel Perry, executive director of the Alliance for Aging Research, has been named president of the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research (CAMR).CAMR leads the political fight in supporting therapeutic cloning and embryonic stem cell research. The organization has over 80 members representing nationally recognized patient organizations, universities, scientific societies, foundations, and individuals with life-threatening illnesses and disorders.

“I am honored to be named the president of this influential and dynamic coalition,” said Daniel Perry. “I’m optimistic that with the continued commitment and dedication of the CAMR members, we will create a pathway for critical medical and scientific research to move forward in 2004. Millions of Americans who suffer from tragic diseases deserve our best collective efforts to help find cures.”

Mr. Perry served as CAMR’s vice president of membership during 2003. He succeeds Michael Manganiello of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation as president.

“Michael did a superb job heading CAMR for the past two years,” stated Perry. “Many of CAMR’s successes can be directly attributed to his outstanding leadership.”

Mr. Perry has served as the executive director of the not-for-profit Alliance for Aging Research in Washington, D.C. since its founding in 1986. The Alliance has been active in advocating for embryonic stem cell research and therapeutic cloning. Advances in these areas could potentially lead to the development of treatments or cures for scores of age-related diseases and disabilities.

Mr. Perry’s background spans a wide range of health policy, governmental, political and journalistic experience. He has held staff positions for more than a dozen years on Capitol Hill, including special assistant to the Majority Whip of the U.S. Senate. He was appointed by Health and Human Services Secretary, Louis Sullivan during the first Bush Administration to the Federal Task Force on Aging Research. He was also named by President Clinton as an advisor to the White House Conference on Aging. As part of the influential Jackson Hole Group on healthcare issues, Mr. Perry helped establish the groundwork for the Foundation for Accountability, or FACCT. As a journalist he was the recipient of many awards and citations, including a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize.

Founded in 1986, the Alliance for Aging Research is a nonprofit, independent organization dedicated to supporting and accelerating the pace of medical discoveries to vastly improve the universal human experience of aging. The Alliance combines the interests of top scientists, public officials, business executives and foundation and academic leaders to promote a greater national investment in research and new technologies that will prepare our nation for the coming senior boom, and improve the quality of life for older Americans.