This week, Congressman Eric Cantor (VA-07) hosted a luncheon for Virginia-based patient advocacy groups representing a broad range of diseases and disorders at the Library of Congress. Congressman Cantor commended all those battling the daily challenges of these diseases and disorders. The discussion focused on what can be done to expand medical research, encourage innovation, prioritize National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding and improve the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval process.
Congressman Cantor said, "Now more than ever our priority should be medical breakthroughs to help those suffering from life-changing diseases and disorders. I remain committed to supporting medical research innovations that can help save lives in Central Virginia and across the country. The important work done by patient advocacy groups is critical to expanding these efforts aimed at improving the quality of life and ultimately finding cures for so many of our friends and family. Eventually, by finding cures we can keep more people healthy and lower the cost of health care for all Americans."
Additionally, Congressman Cantor announced that in the coming weeks he plans to support the Kids First Research Act, to expand pediatric research at the NIH by eliminating taxpayer funding for presidential campaigns and party conventions.
The following groups participated and shared their ideas with Congressman Cantor:
* American Heart Association
* Commonwealth Autism Service
* Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
* Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond
* Focused Ultrasound Foundation
* National Alliance on Mental Illness Central Virginia Chapter
* National Kidney Foundation
* National MS Society in Virginia
* National Tourette Syndrome Association
* Parkinson's Action Network
* Prevent Blindness America