Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) are the co-chairs of the bipartisan, Congressional Neurosciences Caucus. The Caucus hosted the briefing Wednesday on Capitol Hill, in Washington D.C.
The group discussed federal funding for the BRAIN Initiative, a public-private plan to further brain science. After the briefing, Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers released the following statement.
"I was excited to learn about the NIH BRAIN Initiative from Dr. Francis Collins today. This new initiative will provide a research framework that will ultimately help Americans who have Alzheimer's disease, autism, Down syndrome, ALS, and many other diseases of the brain, McMorris Rodgers said. This initiative will leverage public-private efforts in order to speed scientific discovery and open doors to understanding how the brain works. I was thrilled to learn that one of the BRAIN Initiative partners is the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle. Washington State has been the home of innovation and I look forward to what we will learn in this Initiative."