Tents in a field“If you think research is expensive, try disease!” Mary Lasker’s famous words are particularly impactful as the world witnesses the tragic loss of life and economic consequences of the novel coronavirus. During this challenging time, our nation has the opportunity to gain insights about medical research that can inform our continued response to the pandemic and prepare us for future disease outbreaks. In an opinion piece for Scientific American, Lasker President Claire Pomeroy highlights some of what we have already learned from the fight against Covid-19.