WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today in Washington, Congressman Fattah was presented with the Devotion to Science award for his neuroscience achievements by the University of Salerno in Italy. The award was given in recognition of the Congressman's efforts to increase brain research collaborations between the United States and countries around the globe.
On hand to present the award were Aurelio Tommasetti, Rector of the University of Salerno; Dr. Pantaleo Romanelli, Chief Medical Officer, AB medica and Consultant Neurosurgeon and Scientific Director of Brain Radiosurgery at CDI, Milan; and Dr. Vincenzo Loia, the University's Chair of the Department of Management and Innovation Systems.
"It is a great honor to receive this award from one of Italy's most storied academic institutions. I am grateful to the University for honoring my efforts to increase international brain collaboration, and most importantly for recognizing that this is a global challenge that cannot be undertaken by one country alone," Congressman Fattah said. "I will continue to work with the University of Salerno in pushing for increased cooperation between the great research universities around the world. This recognition and my upcoming visit will offer yet another opportunity to jointly share our research and knowledge in the hopes that together we can be even more successful as we seek to find cures and treatments for brain disease."
During the meeting, the Congressman was briefed by Dr. Romanelli and Dr. Loia on their efforts to advance neuroprosthetics. Their research is focused on wireless brain recording and stimulation, and brain computer interfaces (BCI) for epilepsy and other brain diseases.
"The meeting with Congressman Fattah today leads to an enhanced cooperation between the U.S. and Italy on neuroscience research. Assistance and cure of patients with neurological disorders is becoming a principal issue for healthcare systems worldwide," Dr. Romanelli said. "A major research effort is needed to assist and cure the billions of people developing neurological disorders over the next decades. A major legislative effort is also needed to provide the funding for this neuroepidemic, but it's also important to make sure that the expense is translated into real applications addressing the daily life needs of patients. This can be achieved only by a tight cooperation between scientists and legislators and by increasing international cooperation."
As part of the award, the Congressman will travel to the university this spring to deliver a neuroscience lecture to more than 1,000 students. The University of Salerno has a celebrated history as one of the most important medical schools in Europe between the 10th and 13th centuries; today it is part of the state university system in Italy and enrolls approximately 40,000 students.
Since 2011, Congressman Fattah has been focused on elevating brain research as a national priority with a goal of accelerating advances in science and medicine to find treatments for brain disease and disorders. He created the Fattah Neuroscience Initiative which seeks to increase federal funding for neuroscience, expand public-private partnerships around brain research, and strengthen international research collaboration.
Earlier this year, Fattah was a featured speaker with leaders from some of the world's major brain initiatives on the panel, "Global Meeting of the Minds: Brain Initiatives Around the World," during BrainTech 2015, the international brain technology conference. In recent years he has also met with officials from Israel, Australia, Japan, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the European Union, and more, around efforts to increase cooperation between the nations as it relates to brain research.
SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah