WASHINGTON, March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA), a Senior Member on the House Appropriations Committee and lead Democrat on the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and related agencies, released the following statement on Brain Awareness Week, celebrated March 10-16, 2014. Fattah is architect of the Fattah Neuroscience Initiative, a non-incremental policy initiative seeking to achieve groundbreaking progress in understanding the human brain:
"For almost twenty years, the Society for Neuroscience, together with the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, has sponsored Brain Awareness Week to educate the public, heighten awareness, and inspire a new generation of scientists interested in studying the human brain. These partners are uniquely committed to improving public awareness of brain and nervous system research, and I join with them this week—and every week— in doing my part to make neuroscience a national priority.
"Raising awareness and expanding outreach is crucial to heightening worldwide advocacy efforts and increasing support for neuroscience. In the last year alone, we have seen huge strides in the global commitment to neuroscience, including the United States' own BRAIN Initiative, and new brain projects in the European Union, Israel, and Australia. These advancements are fundamental to discovering treatments and cures for brain disorders and diseases, but they can only continue with the support and partnership of the federal government, private sector partners, and an enthusiastic research and science community.
"I urge my colleagues to join me in recognizing Brain Awareness Week and the contributions that thousands of dedicated scientists are making to unlock the mysteries behind the human brain."
On Wednesday, Fattah will meet with the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania as part of Brain Awareness Week. Throughout the week, Congressman Fattah will also be honored for his neuroscience advocacy through the Fattah Neuroscience Initiative at three events:
- On Wednesday, March 12, Fattah will be honored with the Whitehead Award for medical research advocacy from Research!America in Washington, D.C.
- On Thursday, March 13, the Science Coalition will present Congressman Fattah with the Champion of Science Award at a National Labs Caucus briefing on Capitol Hill
- On Saturday, March 15, Fattah will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Delaware Valley Stroke Council in Philadelphia, PA
SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah