Fattah Announces EAGER Grant for Brain Research to University of Pennsylvania

Aug 27, 2014, 11:01 ET from Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA-02), architect of the Fattah Neuroscience Initiative, announced today that researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have been awarded  $260,810 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund early concept brain research. Fattah is a top appropriator on the subcommittee responsible for funding NSF.

The project, "Microetching of the Human Brain," will attempt to create the most comprehensive illustration of the human brain that has existed to-date. A collaboration between neuroscientists, engineers, physicists, and artists, the piece will eventually be displayed at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Microetching allows the depiction of extremely complex brain activity in incredibly fine detail.

"NSF's EAGER grants are an important funding source for inventive new approaches to neuroscience and together with NSF I am proud to announce this award to the University of Pennsylvania. I have been fortunate to work closely with researchers at the school through the Fattah Neuroscience Initiative and applaud their continued commitment to early stage brain research," Congressman Fattah said. "This project will engage cross-disciplinary professionals to create a groundbreaking image that will better our scientific understanding of the human brain. As we seek to uncover more treatments and cures for brain disease, projects like this will prove critical in developing a fuller picture and comprehension of the body's most complex organ."

The Fattah Neuroscience Initiative is working across the federal government to increase investment in neuroscience and make groundbreaking progress in discovering new cures and treatments for brain diseases including stroke, autism, Alzheimer's, and other dementias. It is estimated that approximately 50 million Americans suffer from brain diseases and disorders. The EAGER ( Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research) neuroscience awards were made possible due in part to the increased NSF funding for brain research that Fattah has fought for in Congress.

For additional information on the project via the NSF Award Abstracts database, please visit: http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/.


SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah