Fattah Statement on Brain Awareness Week

Mar 18, 2015, 15:18 ET from Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah

WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA-02), a Senior Member on the House Appropriations Committee and lead Democrat on the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) released the following statement recognizing Brain Awareness Week, celebrated March 16-22, 2015. Fattah is architect of the Fattah Neuroscience Initiative, a non-incremental policy initiative seeking to achieve groundbreaking progress in understanding the human brain:

"It is an honor to partner with The Dana Foundation and Society for Neuroscience as we continue our advocacy efforts to push brain research to the forefront of federal science priorities. As Brain Awareness Week celebrates its 20th year, it is an appropriate time to recognize the significant advances in brain research, while also highlighting the need for increased investment and bringing new visibility to this important cause.  With more than 50 million Americans affected by neurological disorders, the consequences of our actions now will be significant for years to come.

"I am proud to be part of the growing coalition of neuroscientists, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and other stakeholders devoted to advancing the United States' neuroscience efforts.  Just last week, I joined with leaders of major brain initiatives around the globe at Brain Tech 2015 in Israel to emphasize the need for increased collaboration and cooperation between nations when it comes to brain research.

"The stakes grow every day—not just in the U.S., but around the world—as countries see increasing economic and social tolls as a result of brain disease and disorder. I commend every individual and organization that is using Brain Awareness Week to draw attention to this critically important issue and doing their part to raise awareness of brain health and neuroscience research."


SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah