WASHINGTON, April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) the senior Democrat on the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) and the lead neuroscience research advocate in Congress, has introduced a resolution supporting the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy's (OSTP) interagency working group on neuroscience. This group will be responsible for coordinating existing federal neuroscience research and proposing strategies for amplifying the impact of federal dollars to improve quality of life and learning.
Fattah said, "Creation of the group is a sign of the Administration's commitment to move forward with understanding the complexity of the brain."
Currently, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), Veterans Administration (VA) and Department of Defense (DOD) are all working to address brain development, disease, injury and repair. The Fattah Neuroscience Initiative will bring these agencies together to share progress and consider a future course for neuroscience in the United States.
According to Fattah the resolution, H Res 613, highlights the fact that, "Disease, injury, and the way we learn affects every family in the United States. Coordinated neuroscience research has the potential to dramatically improve the quality of life for Americans."
The resolution acknowledges numerous neuroscience organizations that advance the understanding of the functions of the brain and reduce the burden of brain disorders through public advocacy.
"I am confident that scientific breakthroughs will come for millions when the appropriate investment in neuroscience is married with the proper coordination of all research," said Fattah. "This resolution draws attention to the need for both while thanking the Administration for taking the crucial first steps necessary to ensure we move forward with these efforts."
SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah