On neuroscience research from the website of US Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA): “Congressman Fattah is the Lead Democrat on the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee. In this role he is responsible for overseeing federal expenditures in the science agencies, specifically the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Congressman has a longstanding interest in science and federally support for research and has chosen to focus on neuroscience in his current leadership role. The Fattah Nueroscience Initiative (FNI) will incorporate the work of these agencies, as well as agencies under different jurisdictions.
“The FNI intends to significantly increase federal investment in neuroscience research, including fully funding recommendations made by the Interagency Working Group on Neuroscience (IWGN). The FNI will also bring together pharmaceutical companies, privately-funded research organizations, academics and advocates to form public-private partnerships that amplify federal investments and accelerate the pace of research. Fundamentally the FNI seeks to advance efforts to deal with degenerative disease, cure mental illness, repair the injured brain and maximize cognitive function.”