Fattah Takes Neuroscience Agenda to International Forum

Congressman Fattah Joins Patrick Kennedy in Ireland for Brain Research Conference

May 24, 2013, 13:10 ET from Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA), a long-time Congressional champion of brain research, travels to Dublin, Ireland this weekend to attend an invitation only conference on neuroscience. The invitation was issued by the Irish Presidency of the European Union and the European Commission to participate in the conference: Healthy Brain: Healthy Europe – A new horizon for brain research and healthcare.

Congressman Fattah received the invitation because he is the lead neuroscience research advocate in Congress.  In 2011, the Congressman created the Fattah Neuroscience Initiative, a policy designed to make game-changing progress in the understanding of brain development, cognition, disease and injury.

The Healthy Brain conference brings together renowned experts, to highlight why policymakers across the EU, member states, and associated countries should devise or refine strategies on brain research and healthcare.

"I am appreciative of this invitation to view brain research from a global perspective," said Congressman Fattah. "The workings of the human brain have been called the last frontier for science, and there is growing consensus, both in the United States and worldwide, that we have much to learn in the area of brain research. We're at a tipping point. There have been significant advances, but we still only know about one percent of what we need to know."

Fattah will join together with other policy makers, including former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, Founder of One Mind for Research, along with health professionals, representatives from ministries, regulatory agencies and other international organizations to deliver clear policy recommendations for brain research and healthcare. 

Fattah is the Senior Democrat on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies.  He leads the fight in Congress to increase federal resources for neuroscience research and to direct the White House to coordinate the efforts of agencies engaged in such work – including the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

While in Dublin, Fattah will meet with Philadelphia-based businesses that operate in Ireland to discuss the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and other trade related issues.

SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah