Congressman Fattah Recognizes Brain Awareness Week



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TO MEDICAL, NATIONAL, AND SCIENCE EDITORS:

Congressman Fattah Recognizes Brain Awareness Week

WASHINGTON, March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman

Chaka Fattah (D-PA), a Senior Member on the House Appropriations

Committee and lead Democrat on the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice,

Science and related agencies, released the following statement on

Brain Awareness Week, celebrated March 10-16, 2014. Fattah is

architect of the Fattah Neuroscience Initiative, a non-incremental

policy initiative seeking to achieve groundbreaking progress in

understanding the human brain:

"For almost twenty years, the Society for Neuroscience, together with

the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, has sponsored Brain Awareness

Week to educate the public, heighten awareness, and inspire a new

generation of scientists interested in studying the human brain.

These partners are uniquely committed to improving public awareness of

brain and nervous system research, and I join with them this week-and

every week- in doing my part to make neuroscience a national priority.

"Raising awareness and expanding outreach is crucial to heightening

worldwide advocacy efforts and increasing support for neuroscience. In

the last year alone, we have seen huge strides in the global

commitment to neuroscience, including the United States' own BRAIN

Initiative, and new brain projects in the European Union, Israel, and

Australia. These advancements are fundamental to discovering

treatments and cures for brain disorders and diseases, but they can

only continue with the support and partnership of the federal

government, private sector partners, and an enthusiastic research and

science community.

"I urge my colleagues to join me in recognizing Brain Awareness Week

and the contributions that thousands of dedicated scientists are

making to unlock the mysteries behind the human brain."

On Wednesday, Fattah will meet with the Brain Injury Association of

Pennsylvania as part of Brain Awareness Week. Throughout the week,

Congressman Fattah will also be honored for his neuroscience advocacy

through the Fattah Neuroscience Initiative at three events:

-- On Wednesday, March 12, Fattah will be honored with the Whitehead

Award for medical research advocacy from Research!America in

Washington, D.C.

-- On Thursday, March 13, the Science Coalition will present

Congressman Fattah with the Champion of Science Award at a National

Labs Caucus briefing on Capitol Hill

-- On Saturday, March 15, Fattah will receive the Lifetime Achievement

Award from the Delaware Valley Stroke Council in Philadelphia, PA

www.fattah.house.gov

SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah

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/CONTACT: Allyson Freeman, Allyson.Freeman@mail.house.gov, 202.225.4001

/Web Site: http://fattah.house.gov/

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