WASHINGTON, April 28, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) received an award today from the National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI) in Philadelphia for his leadership in Congress on behalf of medical research. The nonprofit organization, which is based in the Congressman's district, presented Fattah with the award during their spring board meeting.
The award recognizes the Congressman's longstanding commitment to the medical community, including his advocacy in support of increasing federal funding for medical research and his commitment to elevating neuroscience as a top priority for the United States government. The honor comes a day after Congressman Fattah participated in the President's Dinner for the 152nd Annual Meeting of the National Academy of Sciences as a guest of Academy President, Dr. Ralph Cicerone.
"The National Disease Research Interchange is pleased to recognize Congressman Chaka Fattah for his strong, sustained support of federal investment in medical and health research," said Bill Leinweber, NDRI's President and CEO. "Congressman Fattah is a champion for the health and economic benefits that accrue from investment in research."
Through his leadership as the Ranking Member on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS), Fattah has become recognized as one of the House of Representatives' strongest advocates for medical research and innovation. He recently reintroduced America's FOCUS Act, a bill that would direct unprecedented sums of money to support innovations in research that would advance the development of new cures and treatments for medical diseases. The Congressman is also architect of the Fattah Neuroscience Initiative, a non-incremental policy initiative that seeks to coordinate federal neuroscience research and activity, increase public-private partnerships around brain research, and expand research collaboration between countries across the globe.
Founded in 1980, NDRI is funded in part by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The organization partners with donation programs to procure and distribute organs and tissues to biomedical researchers. Since 1980, more than 300,000 tissues and organs have been distributed to more than 5,000 researchers and have resulted in 2,500 scientific publications; researchers from universities, medical centers, and hospitals in almost every major city rely on the organization's national network.
SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah