WASHINGTON, July 9, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Saturday, July 11, Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA-02), will deliver the keynote presentation to members of the Pennsylvania Neurosurgical Society at their annual scientific meeting in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The Congressman, who is architect of the Fattah Neuroscience Initiative and lead Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee with funding responsibility for the nation's science agencies, will update the audience on his efforts to make neuroscience a national priority and his work in Congress to increase funding for brain research.
The Society's annual meeting brings together neurosurgeons, residents, fellows, medical students, and other members of the neurosurgical community throughout the Commonwealth.
The Fattah Neuroscience Initiative is responsible for creating the Interagency Working Group on Neuroscience (IWGN) and is working collaboratively to increase funding and research for brain disease and disorders such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, autism, depression, and traumatic brain injury. Congressman Fattah has worked with universities, research centers, and hospitals throughout the country in order to promote neuroscience as a federal priority and initiate groundbreaking partnerships in brain research. In the most recent Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill, Fattah secured $146.9 million in neuroscience research funding for the National Science Foundation—a nearly 40 percent increase over the previous year's funding levels.
SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah